Dyer, Graham Shine, Swimmers Take 3rd

News Release Date:
Sunday, November 22

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College web-footed wonders might not be ready to challenge the top two swim programs in the Northwest Conference, but they easily outpointed all other schools while nailing down third place Sunday at the Northwest Swim Invitational in Portland, Ore.

The Whitman finish men, powered by freshman Kevin Dyer and his first-place effort in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finished the two-day meet with 533 points, more than 200 points ahead of fourth-place Pacific Lutheran. Whitworth took top honors, edging Puget Sound 647-628.

The Missionary women, with first-year swimmer Charlotte Graham placing second in the 200-yard freestyle, piled up 398 points to outdistance fourth-place Pacific Lutheran by 86 points, fifth-place Linfield by 103 points, and sixth-place Lewis & Clark by 199 points.

Ten schools, including non-conference entries College of Idaho and Cal State-East Bay, competed in the women's meet. Cal State East-Bay did not enter a men's team, leaving that field with nine schools. Lewis & Clark hosted the invitational.

Dyer, who placed second in the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday, churned his way through Sunday's 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:10.29, beating his nearest competitor by 24 seconds. That time moves Dyer from eighth to fifth on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event.

Sophomore Chris Bendix, not too far behind Dyer, was fifth in 17:55.33.

Graham was clocked in a season-best 2:00.04 as the runner-up in the women's 200-yard freestyle. That moves her from fifth to fourth on the Missionary Top 10 list for that event.

Jamie Nusse, a junior, was a major force for the men's team on Sunday, placing second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.51) and third in the 50-yard freestyle (22.48). Two of his teammates, sophomore Mitchell Lee and freshman Paul Chang, placed fifth and ninth, respectively, at the 50-yard distance.

Katie Chapman, a first-year swimmer who won Saturday's 200-yard butterfly, placed third in Sunday's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.65, finishing little more than one-half second out of first. 

Junior Lauren Flynn led a strong Whitman push in the 50-yard freestyle. She was fourth in 25.72, edging first-year teammate Helen Jenne into fifth place by six one-hundredths of a second. Chapman was about one second back in eighth place.

Flynn added a ninth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing ahead of first-year swimmer Libby Arnosti (12th) and Jenne (13th) in that event.

Four Missionaries placed sixth in their Sunday events. One of them was Rebecca Ryle, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, who was clocked in 2:41.00 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Senior Eric Molnar was sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:37.50. Junior Nick Wood was eighth and sophomore Chris Bendix ninth.

Wood came back to place sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:38.48. Junior Brian Wakefield finished 10th.

Freshman Joey Gottlieb also posted a sixth-place performance with a time of 59.72 in the 200-yard backstroke. Chang was eighth in that race.

Natalie Reilly, a junior in her first year of college swimming, took seventh in the 400-yard IM in 5:12.97.

In addition to her second-place effort in the 200-yard freestyle, Graham was ninth in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing two spots in front of Arnosti.

Sophomores Matt Liedtke and Matt Rowett placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly. Dyer was 12th and freshman Brett Clark 15th.

Senior Sidney Kohls finished 12th in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Katie Tackman was 16th.

Other Missionaries who placed in individual events were:

* Junior Eliot Stone (12th, 200-yard freestyle; 16th, 1,650-yard freestyle),

* Sophomore Ian Williams (12th, 1,650-yard freestyle; 13th, 100-yard backstroke),

* Junior Nate Wells (13th, 1,650-yard freestyle),

* First-year Cari Cortez (15th, 400-yard IM; 15th, 200-yard breaststroke),

* Freshman Coleman Metzler (16th, 200-yard freestyle),

* Sophomore Monica Boshart (16th, 200-yard breaststroke),

* First-year Megan Vermilion (16th, 100-yard backstroke), and

* Freshman Andrew Roehrig (16th, 100-yard backstroke).

Whitman's best showing in Sunday's relays came in the men's 400-yard freestyle relay, where Chang, Lee, Rowett and Nusse placed second in 3:19.00.

Day Two Meet Results

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