Whitman's Ten Senior Swimmers Hosting Final Home Meets

News Release Date:
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Ten senior swimmers compete in the final home meets of their Whitman College careers when the Missionaries host a pair of Northwest Conference foes this weekend at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

Whitman welcomes Pacific Lutheran to the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool at 6 p.m. Friday. Puget Sound then comes to town Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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 That's Chris Bendix
catching his breath
at Harvey Pool

The senior contingent includes captains Chris Bendix and Matt Rowett for the men and Katie Tackman for the women.

Katie Tackman

Other senior women set to part the waters for a final time are Alyssa Bader, Monica Boshart, Sylvie Luiten and Lena Page

Others seniors on the men's side are Mitchell Lee, Matthew Liedtke and Ian Williams.

"This group of seniors is very special to our team," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme says.

"They have seen us through changes in our program and have provided tremendous leadership to their teammates.

"We are all excited for the final meets of the season, but whatever happens in the coming weeks, the mark this group of seniors will leave on Whitman Swimming is already an incredible one."

After this weekend's two meets, Whitman travels to Spokane on Saturday, Jan. 28, to finish the regular season against Whitworth.

The 2012 NWC Championships are set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12, at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Whitman Women - Seniors

Monica Boshart
Alyssa Bader

Monica Boshart, Katie Tackman and Alyssa Bader capped each of their first three seasons at Whitman by competing at the NWC championships.

Boshart qualified four times for the conference finals in the breaststroke events, placing as high as fourth at the 100-yard distance and eighth at 200 yards.

Boshart added an 18th-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley as a first-year swimmer.

Boshart's best time in the 100-yard breaststroke is 1:10.46, which ranks her sixth all-time in the annals of Whitman swimming.

Her best time (2:36.44) in the 200-yard breaststroke ranks her eighth all-time in that event.

Lena Page
Sylvie Luiten

Tackman made her mark at the NWC finals in the distance freestyle races, placing as high as 13th at the 1,650-yard distance.

Tackman also placed as high as 19th at 500 yards and 20th at 200 yards.

Bader registered her best races at the NWC meet in the breaststroke events, finishing as high as 12th in the 100-yard event and 15th at 200 yards.

Bader's best placing in the 50-yard freestyle was 25th.

Lena Page, who missed her junior season to injury and study abroad, competed at the NWC championships at the end of her first two seasons.

A freestyler, Page placed as high as 21st at 1,650 yards and 23rd at 100 yards.

Sylvie Luiten, who was on foreign study and missed the conference meet last spring, made her best showing two years earlier, placing 20th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Whitman Men - Seniors

The five seniors on the men's side have been scoring points in bunches at the NWC finals from their freshman seasons onward.

Chris Bendix

In his first trip to the conference championships, Chris Bendix set what was a school record at the time in placing third in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He also placed third in that event as a sophomore and then was fourth a year ago.

Bendix has also placed as high as sixth in the 500-yard freestyle and eighth in the 400-yard individual medley (IM) at the NWC finals.

Mitchell Lee

Bendix has the third-best times in Whitman history in both the 1,000-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle races. He also ranks fifth in the 400-yard IM, sixth in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Mitchell Lee has been a Missionary force at the NWC championship meets in both the individual and relay events.

As a junior, Lee helped Whitman place second in the 200-yard medley relay in school record time. As a freshman, he helped the Missionaries set new school records in both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Matt Liedtke

As an individual, Lee has placed as high as fourth in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. He has finished as high as fifth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Lee ranks fourth all-time at Whitman in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. He also has the fifth-best time ever clocked at Whitman in the 100-yard freestyle, and he continues to hold a piece of the school record in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Ian Williams

Matt Liedtke has reigned as one of Whitman's top butterflyers for the past four years.

In his first three trips to the conference finals, Liedtke has placed as high as sixth in the 200-yard butterfly and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly. He has placed as high as 11th in the 200-yard IM.

His best time at the 200-yard butterfly ranks Liedtke fifth all-time at Whitman. He is sixth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Ian Williams also has made three trips to the NWC finals, placing 11th, 12th and 14th in the 1,650-yard freestyle event.

Matt Rowett

Williams has also placed 11th in the 200-yard backstroke, 13th in the 200-yard IM and 16th in the 400-yard IM.

Matt Rowett, another butterfly specialist, missed the 2011 NWC Championships while on foreign study but scored points at the conference meet to cap his first two seasons.

He has placed as high as ninth in both the 200-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard freestyle. He also placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly as a sophomore at the conference finals.

Rowett is ninth all-time at Whitman in the 200-yard butterfly. His best time in the 100-yard butterfly ranks him 10th for that event.

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