Whit Swimmers Flash Depth in Prelims

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Charlotte Graham and Katie Chapman for the women and Jamie Nusse, Eric Molnar, Chris Bendix and Kevin Dyer for the men gave Whitman College its best performances in Saturday morning preliminaries at the Northwest Conference Swim Championships at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Nusse, a junior, posted the morning's second-best time, 1:45.18, in the men's 200-yard freestyle. That was his best time of the season, although it was more than one second off his career-best effort.

Dyer, a freshman, finished fourth in the preliminaries of the same event, clocking a season-best 1:47.44.

Molnar, a senior, advanced to tonight's championship finals (top eight) in two events. He was third in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries in 55.67 and sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:21.62.

Graham, part of a talented first-year class with the Whitman women's team, knocked nearly three seconds off her season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, placing third in the preliminaries in 1:56.65.

Chapman, also a first-year swimmer, advanced to the championship finals of the 100-yard butterfly, placing fourth in the preliminaries in a season-best 1:00.94.

Molnar was one of six Missionaries in the men's 400-yard IM who advanced to either the championship or consolation finals. Bendix finished two spots ahead of Molnar in the preliminaries with a fourth-best time of 4:19.63, his season-best effort by 18 seconds.

Nick Wood, a junior, also slipped into the 400 IM championship finals, finishing eighth in the preliminaries in 4:22.69, his season-best time by a whopping 20 seconds.

Chad Trexler, also a junior, dropped his time in the 400 IM preliminaries by 20 seconds as well, placing 10th in 4:28.05.

Trexler will be joined in the tonight's consolation finals by teammates Brian Wakefield and Ian Williams, both of whom also lowered their times by several seconds. Wakefield qualified in the 15th spot in 4:46.70 while Williams was 16th in 4:49.27.

Wood also swam in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke and was one of two Whitman "Nicks" to advance to the championship finals. Senior captain Nick Hurlburt lopped nearly four seconds off his career-best time, placing seventh in 1:01.34. Wood, also a team captain, dropped his best time by about the same amount, taking eighth in 1:01.38. 

Sophomore Mitchell Lee and Trexler advanced to the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke. Lee was 13th in the preliminaries in 1:03.10. Trexler was one spot behind with a time of 1:04.24. Wakefield just missed the consolations with a 17th-best time of 1:05.95.

Sophomore Matt Liedtke and freshman Paul Chang also qualified for the championship finals in their events. Liedtke was seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in a career-best 53.84 while Chang was eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in a season-best 58.06.

In addition to Chapman and Graham, the Whitman women advanced three other swimmers into the championship finals.

Sophomore Monica Boshart and first-year teammate Cari Cortez posted the seventh- and eighth-best times in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:11.49 and 1:12.27.

Junior captain Lauren Flynn was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.88.

First-year swimmers Rebecca Ryle and Megan Vermilion swam season-best times to make the consolation finals in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Alyssa Bader came up just short, finishing 17th in the preliminaries in 1:17.41.

Libby Arnosti, another first-year swimmer, made the consolation finals in the 100-yard backstroke with a 12th-best preliminary time of 1:05.12. First-year teammate Sara Behrens was another near-miss, placing 17th in 1:07.53.

Junior Natalie Reilly, a junior in her first year of college swimming, advanced to the consolations in the 400 IM, placing 16th in 5:09.38.

Other Whitman men who advanced to the consolation finals included freshman Brett Clark, who was 12th this morning in both the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.57) and 100-yard butterfly (56.69). His times were season-best efforts in each case.

Nate Wells, a junior, will join Clark in the butterfly consolations. Wells knocked more than three seconds off his season-best time to place 15th in 57.46.

Sophomore Matt Rowett just missed advancing to the championship finals in the 200-yard freestyle. He was ninth in the preliminaries in a season-best 1:50.07. 

Junior Eliot Stone and freshman Andrew Roehrig will join Rowett in the consolations. Stone was 13th in 1:54.60 while Roehrig was 14th in 1:55.22.

Other Whitman swimmers who competed this morning:

100-Yard Breaststroke -- Adam Brayton, 22nd, 1:09.50.

100-Yard Butterfly -- Jessie Neill, 20th, 1:08.09.

200-Yard Freestyle -- Libby Arnosti, 18th, 2:06.12; Helen Jenne, 20th, 2:07.02; Katie Tackman, 23rd, 2:08.83; Sidney Kohls, 27th, 2:13.48; Lena Page, 28th, 2:14.31; Hensley Fradkin, 30th, 2:17.50; Erin Kiskaddon, 31st, 2:20.36.

Saturday morning preliminaries 

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