Swimmers Cruise Past Pioneers, Now 4-0

News Release Date:
Friday, January 15

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College swim teams ran their Northwest Conference dual meet records to 4-0 with a pair of convincing victories over Lewis & Clark Friday night in Portland, Ore.

With freshman Kevin Dyer and sophomores Chris Bendix and Matt Rowett winning two individual races each, the Missionary men cruised to a 147-57 triumph.

Matt Rowett
Chris Bendix

Charlotte Graham, one of the first-year swimmers on the women's team, also won two individual races to power Whitman to a 125-80 victory on that side of the ledger.

The Whitman men thoroughly dominated their dual meet, winning eight of nine individual events and both relays.

The sole Pioneer victory came in the 50-yard freestyle, where Isaac Ekbland won in 22.76, nipping Whitman sophomore Mitchell Lee by two one-hundredths of a second.

Rowett, slowed by injury last year, posted his two wins in the 200-yard butterfly (2:10.08) and 200-yard freestyle (1:55.31).

Bendix won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.85 and led a one-two-three Whitman sweep in the 200-yard breaststroke, winning that event in 2:22.78. Junior Chad Trexler was second and senior Eric Molnar third.

After winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:32.07) early in the meet, Dyer bounced back to take the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.59, squeaking past junior teammate Jamie Nusse by 13 one-hundredths of a second.

Charlotte Graham
Kevin Dyer

Nusse picked up a victory of his own in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.94.

Freshman Paul Chang added to Whitman's victory total by winning the 100-yard freestyle in 50.24. 

On the women's side, Graham won both the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.14) and 500-yard freestyle (5:22.66). Her time in the 500 moves her from ninth to fourth on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event.

By razor-thin margins, junior Lauren Flynn split a pair of events with Lewis & Clark's Rachael Cazden.

Flynn won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.78, nipping Cazden by two one-hundredths of a second. Earlier in the meet, Cazden won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.42, touching out Flynn by three one-hundredths of a second.

The Whitman women also got victories from three more first-year swimmers.

Natalie Reilly, a junior in her first year of college swimming, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.68. 

Cari Cortez
Natalie Reilly

Katie Chapman was first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:20.89 and Cari Cortez ruled in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:41.75.

Chapman teamed with three more rookies -- Libby Arnosti, Rebecca Ryle and Helen Jenne -- to win the meet-opening 400-yard medley relay in 4:18.89. 

Chapman joined with Flynn, Jenne and Graham to win the women's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 3:50.07.

In the men's 400-yard freestyle relay, Molnar and Lee teamed with sophomore Matt Liedtke and freshman Coleman Metzler to take first in 4:18.89.

It was Lee, Nusse, Rowett and Chang winning the men's 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:21.73.

Both Whitman teams continue NWC competition on Saturday with a 1 p.m. meet at Willamette in Salem, Ore.

Complete Meet Results

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