Flynn Sets New School Record in 50 Free

News Release Date:
Friday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Lauren Flynn set a new Whitman College school record in the 50-yard freestyle as the Northwest Conference Swimming Championships got underway Friday morning in the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Lauren Flynn

Flynn had the morning's fourth best time (24.59) in the freestyle sprint, breaking a school record (24.75) set in 1991 by Michelle Zinanti. It was Flynn's career-best time by 1.12 seconds. She is one of eight swimmers who will compete in tonight's championship finals.

"That was an awesome swim for Lauren," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "She was a little slow off the start, which is normally one of her very reliable assets. I honestly think she can go faster tonight." 

"All of our women in the 50 free dropped a ton of time from their season-best efforts," Blomme added. 

In the men's preliminaries, junior Eric Molnar posted the morning's fourth-best time (1:58.51) in the 200-yard individual medley. He lowered his career-best time by 1.69 seconds and advances to tonight's championship finals. "That was a great swim -- a lifetime best -- for Eric," Blomme said. 

Three of Molnar's teammates advanced through the 500-yard preliminaries and will swim tonight in the championship finals of that event. Senior Noel Sollom-Brotherton had the fifth-best time in the preliminaries, clocking a 4:49.94. He will be joined in the finals tonight by freshman Chris Bendix, who had the morning's six-best time (4:53.52) and sophomore Jamie Nusse, who registered the eighth-best time (4:54.55).

"We've got three guys in the 500 free final," Blomme said. "That will be fun for Whitman to watch."

Nusse set Whitman's school record (4:47.3) in the 500 free at last year's NWC meet. Sollom-Brotherton's time this morning moves him from fourth to third on Whitman's all-time list for that event, while Bendix jumped from 10th to fourth.

Ysbrand Nusse, a Whitman senior, made the finals of the men's 50-yard freestyle. He swam a career-best 21.88 to advance with the seventh-best time of the morning preliminaries. Freshman Mitchell Lee just missed the championship finals (top eight), placing ninth in the preliminaries with a career-best 21.99. Nusse moved from seventh to third on Whitman's all-time list for that event, while Lee slipped into the the fourth spot. 

Whitman will have two swimmers in tonight's consolation finals (placed nine through 16) of three different events. 

Linnea Scott, a first-year Missionary, had the morning's 13th-best time (5:33.3) in the women's 500-yard freestyle. Junior Chelsea Klinger advanced with the 14th-best time (5:34.41).

Eric Molnar

In the women's 50-yard freestyle preliminaries, senior Courtney Fitzpatrick was 15th in 26.32. Sophomore Kate Pringle was 16th in 26.40.

In the men's 200-yard IM, freshman Ian Willams was 13th in the preliminaries 2:13.57, finishing one spot in front of freshman Matt Liedtke and his time of 2:15.89. "Ian dropped a lot of time and Matt had a good swim as well," Blomme said. 

Sophomore Nate Wells made the consolation finals of the 500-yard freestyle, placing 16th in the preliminaries in 5:09.97. "That was a great time for Nate, and Eliot Stone had a good time also," Blomme said.

"We had some incredible swims from a lot of of athletes," Blomme added. "It was remarkable to have so many fast times in the first morning session." 

Other Whitman swimmers who competed in the morning preliminaries:

Women's 50-yard freestyle: Katie Tackman, 19th, 5:46.46; Becca Young, 27th, 5:56.95; Sidney Kohls, 30th, 6:03.87.

Women's 200-yard IM: Kendi Thomas, 20th, 2:22.27.

Women's 50-yard freestyle: Jeraldine Enriquez, 22nd, 27:72; Jessie Neill, 24th, 27.95; Alyssa Bader, 25th, 28.29; Lena Page, 26th, 28.33; Sylvie Luiten, 28th, 28.41; Vanessa Johnson, 31st, 28.84; Ali Schlueter, 42nd, 30.85.

Men's 50-yard freestyle: Nick Hurlburt, 18th, 22.77; Colin Gibson, 21st, 23.06.

Men's 500-yard freestyle: Eliot Stone, 19th, 5:14.88; Max Hennings, 24th, 5:50.80.

- 30 -

CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.; (509) 527-5902