Chapman, Dyer Thrust Swimmers Into 3rd

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 21

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- First-year Missionaries Katie Chapman and Kevin Dyer provided the individual highlights as Whitman College splashed into third place in both the men's and women's team scoring in Saturday's first day of competition at the Northwest Swim Invitational at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

The Whitman men finished Saturday's events safely ensconsed in third place with 260 points, about 70 points behind second-place Puget Sound and nearly 100 points ahead of fourth-place Pacific Lutheran. Whitworth leads the nine-team men's field with 368 points.

With 191 points, the Whitman women found themselves 41 points in front of fourth-place Cal State-East Bay, one of two non-Northwest Conference schools in the women's 10-school competition. College of Idaho has squads in both the women's and men's meets.

The meet concludes today and tonight with a second round of events. 

Chapman posted Whitman's lone first-place finish on day one. After clocking the morning's third-best time in the 200-yard butterfly, she swam a season-best 2:14.07 to win the finals. Chapman already holds second-place on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event.

Dyer nearly gave the Missionaries a second blue ribbon in the men's 500-yard freestyle, placing second with a season-best time of 4:52.35. That time moves him into fourth place on the Whitman Top 10 for that event.

Other highlights for the Whitman women came in the 100-yard freestyle, where first-year Missionary Charlotte Graham and junior Lauren Flynn placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 55.93 and 56.02. Helen Jenne, another first-year swimmer, was close behind in eighth place, but her time in the preliminaries (56.05) moved her up one notch on Whitman's Top 10 list. Flynn is the school record holder in the event while Graham has a previous best-time that ranks fourth.

A trio of Missionaries enjoyed even greater success in the men's 100-yard freestyle, where junior Jamie Nusse and freshman Paul Chang were third and fourth, respectively, with times of 49.19 and 50.14. Sophomore Mitchell Lee was seventh in 50.74.

Senior Eric Molnar was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:09.21. Sophomore Matt Liedtke was sixth in 2:13.55, and freshmen Brett Clark (11th) and Tyler Hurlburt (14th) added to Whitman's scoring depth in the event.

Freshman Joey Gottlieb made some ripples in the 200-yard backstroke, placing fifth in 2:07.95. Andrew Roehring, also a freshman, finished 11th.

Molnar and Gottlieb also placed in the 200-yard individual medley. Molnar was 10th and Gottlieb 13th. 

Sophomore Chris Bendix was eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:18.35 (5:13.56 prelims) while juniors Eliot Stone and Nate Wells placed 14th and 15th, respectively.

Cari Cortez, a first-year swimmer, took 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.80. Sophomore Monica Boshart was right behind in 11th in 1:16.54 (1:15.49 prelims).

Lee topped three Missionaries in the men's 100-yard breaststroke. He was 10th in 1:04.98, nipping junior Nick Wood, who was 11th in 1:05.06. Senior Nick Hurlburt was 14th.

Also placing for the Whitman women's team were junior Natalie Reilly, who was 13th in 200-yard individual medley; senior Jessie Neill, who was 13th in the 200-yard butterfly; and first-year Missionary Libby Arnosti, who was 14th in the 200-yard backstroke.

Whitman's best showing in the relays came in the women's 200-yard freestyle, where Jenne, Chapman, Graham and Flynn tied for second place in 1:43.13.

Day One Meet Results

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