Whit Swimmers Win Again, Swamp Pacific

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 7

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Eric Molnar and Jamie Nusse for the men and Lauren Flynn for women each won two individual events as the Whitman College swim teams continued their strong start to the season with overwhelming dual meet victories over Pacific University Saturday afternoon in the Harvey Pool at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

The Missionary men, winning eight of nine individual events and both relays, outpointed the Boxers 155-20.

The Whitman women, with seven individual victories and two relay triumphs, prevailed 135-59.

Both teams are off to 3-0 starts to the dual meet season. The Pacific squads are 0-2 to begin their seasons.

As she did on Saturday against Linfield, Flynn also led a trio of first-year teammates to a new school record in one of the relays. Flynn teamed with Charlotte Graham, Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:42.56.

That broke a record (1:42.70) set in 2008 by Flynn, Kate Pringle and two swimmers who have since graduated, Erin Pettersen and Courtney Fitzpatrick.

Flynn picked up her two individual event wins in the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.14) and 100-yard freestyle (55.73).

Graham, Chapman and Jenne also won individual races for the Missionaries. 

Graham was first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.56, a time that moves her into second place on Whitman's all-time Top Ten list.

Chapman dominated the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.00, which moves her from fourth to third on the Top Ten list for that event.

Jenne also cracked the Top Ten, moving into seventh place by winning the the 50-yard freestyle in 25.52.

Sophomore Katie Tackman and senior Sidney Kohlman gave Whitman a one-two finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Tackman's winning time was in 20:53.94.

A fourth first-year swimmer, Rebecca Ryle, won one of the day's most exciting races. She was first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.26, edging both Pacific's Kristen Favillo (1:15.40) and first-year Missionary Cari Cortez (1:15.43).

Allison Clark notched Pacific's two individual victories. She won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:49.49 and took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:37.83.

The 200-yard breaststroke also provided some drama on the men's side, where Whitman sophomore Mitchell Lee was a winner in 1:05.08. He nipped Pacific's Luke Fuller by two one-hundredths of a second. Two more Missionaries, senior Nick Hurlburt and junior Nick Wood, made it a four-man race, filling the next two spots with times of 1:05.14 and 1:05.45, respectively.

Molnar, a senior, posted his double-double in winning the 400-yard IM (4:34.42) and 100-yard backstroke (59.21). Missionary freshman Joey Gottlieb was a close second in the backstroke, finishing in 59.81.

Nusse, a junior, tallied his two wins in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.83) and 50-yard freestyle (22.27). His effort in the shorter race was a career-best effort and helped him beat one of his teammates (Lee) by about three-tenths of a second.

Other winners for the Whitman men included freshman Kevin Dyer, who won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:26.34, a time that slips him into eighth place on Whitman's all-time Top Ten list in that event. Sophomore Chris Bendix, the school record holder in the event, was second in 17:46.34.

Matthew Liedtke, a sophomore, won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.29 while freshman Paul Chang was first in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.85.

The Pacific men's team picked up its only win in the 200-yard freestyle, where Brandon Mantei was victorious in 1:50.61.

With Chang, sophomore Matt Rowett, Hurlburt and Nusse taking turns in the water, Whitman won the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.43. To end the meet, it was Chang, Gottlieb, Dyer and Lee winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.92.

Four first-year Missioanries got the win for Whitman in the women's 200-yard medley relay. Libby Arnosti, Ryle, Chapman and Graham took first in 1:59.32.


Complete meet results

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 CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu