Chapman, Wood Lead Swimmers to Finals

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 14

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Katie Chapman for the women and Nick Wood for the men will lead Whitman College into tonight's championship finals of the Northwest Conference Swim Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

In preliminary heats this morning at the King Co. Aquatic Center, Chapman posted the second-best time in the 200-yard butterfly while Wood notched the third-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Chapman, a first-year swimmer, swam a 2:10.97, her season-best time by more than three seconds. Wood, a junior, knocked nine seconds off his career-best time, finishing his heat in 2:12.47. Both swimmers moved into second-place all-time at Whitman for those events.

Chad Trexler, the school record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, will join Wood in the championship finals tonight. Trexler, a junior, was seventh in the morning preliminaries in a season-best 2:16.25.

Jamie Nusse, a junior, and Charlotte Graham, another first-year Missionary, posted the fourth-best times in their preliminary races. 

Nusse, who swam a 48.54 in the 100-yard freestyle, will be joined in finals by sophomore teammate Mitchell Lee, who was fifth in 48.64. 

Graham, who clocked a season-best 54.70 in the 100-yard freestyle, will also have a teammate in the finals. Junior Lauren Flynn was sixth in the preliminaries in 55.15.

Two Missionaries also advanced into the finals in the men's 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Matt Liedtke was sixth in 2:02.84, his season-best time by almost nine seconds, and senior Eric Molnar, who qualified in eighth in a season-best 2:03.08.

Sophomore Monica Boshart and freshman Brett Clark give Whitman two more swimmers in the championship finals.

Boshart dropped her season-best time by more than six seconds in placing eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.44.

Clark was eighth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:11.74, knocking a whopping 14 seconds off his season-best time.

Two Missionaries, freshman Andrew Roehrig and sophomore Ian Williams, nearly joined Clark in the championship finals. Roehrig, ninth in the preliminaries in 2:13.17, and Williams, who was 10th in 2:16.34, will swim instead in tonight's consolation finals.

Freshman Paul Chang finished just outside the top eight in the 100-yard freestyle, placing ninth in the preliminaries in 49.09. He will be joined in the consolation finals by another freshman, Adam Brayton, who picked off the 16th and final spot with a time of 50.82.

Two first-year Missionary women, Helen Jenne in the 100-yard freestyle and Rebecca Ryle in the 200-yard breaststroke, also came close to making the championship finals of their events, placing 10th overall. The times were 56.30 for Jenne and 2:39.50 for Ryle.

Senior Nick Hurlburt and junior Brian Wakefield made the consolation finals of the 200-yard breaststroke. Hurlburt trimmed his season-best time by more than 13 seconds, placing 11th in 2:22.06. Wakefield was 12th in 2:22.24.

Three more Whitman women will compete in the consolations finals tonight.

First-year swimmer Libby Arnosti was 13th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:22.44. Natalie Reilly was 14th in 2:24.18.

Senior Jessie Neill made the 200-yard butterfly consolations, placing 15th in the preliminaries in 2:28.91.

Other Whitman swimmers who competed this morning:

200-Yard Breaststroke -- Megan Vermilion, 18th, 2:45.91.

200-Yard Backstroke -- Hensley Fradkin, 20th, 2:30.45; Megan Vermilion, 21st, 2:31.07.

100-Yard Freestyle -- Sara Behrens, 22nd, 59.91.

Sunday morning preliminaries 

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