Sollom-Brotherton Drops School Record

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 15

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College swimmers are off to a good start this morning (Sunday) in preliminary races at the Northwest Conference Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Senior Noel Sollom-Brotherton knocked three seconds off his school record in placing second in the prelims of the 200-yard backstroke. His time (1:54.53) also meets the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Div. III national championships.

Senior Ysbrand Nusse also advanced to the championship finals of the 200-yard backstroke, posting the morning's sixth-best time (2:00.87).

Sophomore Lauren Flynn just missed a school record while placing third in the prelims of the women's 100-yard freestyle. Her time is less than two-tenths off a school record set in 1992.

Sophomore Jamie Nusse also came close to the school record while finishing fourth in the prelims of the men's 100-yard freestyle. His career-best time of 47.49 is about four-tenths of a second off a record set in 1999.

Junior Eric Molnar had the morning's fourth-best time (2:03.06) in the 200-yard butterfly. He will be joined in tonight's championship finals (top eight) by freshman Matt Liedtke, who advanced in sixth place with a time of 2:07.15.

Sophomore Chad Trexler continued his weekend emergence as one of Whitman's top swimmers, placing eighth in the prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time (2:13.74) that missed a 13-year-old school record by 1.03 seconds.

While Molnar and Trexler swim in tonight's championship finals (top eight) of their events, six of their teammates will battle in the consolation finals (nine through 16).

In the 200-yard breaststroke event, sophomore Nick Wood was ninth in 2:14.26, which moves him fourth to third on Whitman's all-time list for that event. Freshman Brian Wakefield was 12th in a season-best 2:22.75 while junior Nick Hurlburt was right behind in 13th (2:24.26).

In the prelims of the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Matt Rowett was ninth in 2:13.30. Sophomore Nate Wells was 11th in 2:14.59 and senior Max Hennings was 16th in 2:22.18. 

Monica Boshart, a first-year Missionary, made tonight's championship finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, placing eighth in the prelims with a time of 2:37.56. That time slips her into 10th place on Whitman's all-time list for that event.

Freshman Mitchell Lee just missed making the championship finals in the 100-yard freestyle. He had the morning's 10th-best time (48.81) and will swim in tonight's consolation finals. That time moves him into sixth place on Whitman's top 10 list.

Two Whitman men, senior Colin Gibson and junior George Stanton, advanced to tonight's consolation finals of the 200-yard backstroke. Gibson posted the morning's 12th-best time (2:08.34) while Stanton was 15th in 2:09.27. Gibson moved into 10th place on Whitman's all-time list.

Three Missionary women, led by senior Courtney Fitzpatrick, qualified for the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly. She was 10th in the prelims in 2:23.99 while junior Jessie Neill was 15th (2:33.90) and sophomore Jeraldine Enriquez was 16th (2:38.91).

Junior Kendi Thomas made the consolation finals of the 200-yard backstroke. She was 14th in the morning preliminaries in 2:22.32.

Alyssa Bader, a first-year swimmer, placed 14th in the morning prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best 2:44.55. She also will swim in tonight's consolation heat. 

Please check back soon for more details from the morning preliminaries.

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