Swimmers Swamp 'Cats, Run NWC Meet
Record to 5-0 for First Time Ever

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 16

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After swamping Willamette University on Saturday in Salem, the Whitman College swim teams are 5-0 to start a Northwest Conference dual for the first time in the history of the Missionary program.

Given Willamette's small roster size this season, team victories were never in doubt on Saturday. 

The Whitman women won by a 146-50 count. With several of its swimmers competing as non-scoring exhibition entries, the Missionary men's squad posted a 60-20 triumph.

Libby Arnosti

Willamette has just two men and 10 women on its roster.

Helen Jenne

Libby Arnosti, one member of Whitman's talented first-year class, picked up victories in both the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.24) and 100-yard freestyle (57.78).

The Missionary women also got victories from first-year swimmers Charlotte Graham in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.70), Helen Jenne in the 50-yard freestyle (26.42) and Katie Chapman in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.42).

Graham's time in the 100 butterfly moves her into a tie for sixth place on Whitman's all-time Top 10 list for that event. 

Jenne led a Whitman sweep in the 50 freestyle; Graham was second and first-year swimmer Sara Behrens third.

Natalie Reilly, a junior in her first year of college swimming, won the 400-yard individual medley in 5:09.70.

Because Willamette has just two men on its roster and only one was on hand for Saturday's meet, the Whitman men's squad competed with exhibition entries in the final six individual events. 

In men's first individual race, Whitman sophomore Chris Bendix won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:34.90. Freshman teammate Kevin Dyer was second in 17:59.64.

In the next men's event, junior Jamie Nusse won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.93, leading a one-two-three Whitman sweep. Senior Eric Molnar was second and freshman Andrew Roehrig third. 

Mitchell Lee

It was the another Missionary sweep in the next race, the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Mitchell Lee was first in 21.86. Freshmen Paul Chang and Coleman Metzler placed second and third, respectively.

Others winning races for the Whitman women were sophomore Lena Page in the 1,650-yard freestyle (21:35.27), junior Lauren Flynn in the 500-yard freestyle (5:37.37) and sophomore Monica Boshart in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.12).

Boshart was at the front of a Whitman sweep in the breaststroke; first-year swimmer Cari Cortez was second and sophomore Alyssa Bader third.

Jamie Nusse

Ian McGahan, Willamette's lone swimmer on the men's side, posted wins in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.95) and 500-yard freestyle (6:10.45). In both cases, Whitman swimmers had better exhibition times. Nusse clocked a 1:00.04 in the butterfly while sophomore Matt Rowett was timed in 5:25.05 in the 500 freestyle.

Posting best times in all-exhibition events were Lee in in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.93), Chang in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.02), junior Nick Wood in the 400-yard individual medley (4:45.84), and freshman Adam Brayton in the 100-yard freestyle (53.05).

In the opening men's relay (200-yard medley), it was Lee teaming with freshman Ian Williams, senior Nick Hurlburt and sophomore Matt Liedtke for a winning time of 1:47.55.

The closing men's relay (200-yard freestyle), junior Jeff Sterritt joined with Brayton, Wood and Molnar to take the top spot with an exhibition time of 1:38.93.

Graham, Boshert, Flynn and Behrens opened the meet for Whitman by winning the women's 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.39. 

Junior Kate Pringle teamed with Jenne, Chapman and Page to win the closing 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:51.60.

Saturday's twin victories moved Whitman's overall dual meet record to 6-0 for both the men and women. In their only non-conference meets this year, the Missionaries splashed by the College of Idaho by decisive margins. 

Whitman has two NWC meets left on its regular season schedule, starting next Saturday when Whitworth comes to Walla Walla for a 3 p.m. meet.  

Complete Meet Results

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