Tired Whit Swimmers Splash by Idaho

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 31

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Less than 24 hours after competing in Tacoma, Wash., the Whitman College swim teams were back in their home pool Saturday afternoon for a season-ending non-conference dual meet with the College of Idaho.

Noel Sollom-Brotherton
Chelsea Klinger

As fatigued as they might have been, the Missionaries had more than enough gas in the tank to roll over the overmatched Coyotes.

Whitman won the men's meet 152-43 and posted a 135-57 victory in the women's competition.

With its dual meet season in the books, Whitman turns its attention to final preparations for the Northwest Conference Championships, set for Feb. 13-15 at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Four Whitman swimmers chalked up two individual event victories in Saturday's meet.

Double winners on the women's side were junior Chelsea Klinger in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:28.90) and 100-yard backstroke (1:07.94), sophomore Lauren Flynn in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.13) and 200-yard butterfly (2:26.19 exhibition time), and first-year Missionary Linnea Scott in the 400-yard individual medley (4:57.19) and 500-yard freestyle (5:43.70).

Linnea Scott
Chris Bendix

Noel Sollom-Brotherton, one of five seniors recognized in pre-meet ceremonies, posted his victories in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.63) and 100-yard backstroke (56.00).

Senior Courtney Fitzpatrick won the women's 50-yard freestyle in 27.23. Monica Boshart, another of Whitman's first-year swimmers, took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.94, which moves her into 10th place on the all-time Missionary top 10 list for that event.

George Stanton, a junior, also cracked Whitman's top 10 list in winning the men's 100-yard breaststroke. His time, 1:03.52, moves him into ninth place. 

Freshman Chris Bendix made a strong showing in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle, taking first in 17:19.23. That elevates him from ninth to sixth on the Missionary best-times list for that event. 

Senior Ysbrand Nusse was a winner in the men's 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:26.73. He edged junior teammate Eric Molnar by six one-hundredths of a second. 

George Stanton
Courtney Fitzpatrick

Sophomore Jamie Nusse won the men's 500-yard freestyle (5:03.85) and justed missed a second victory in the 100-yard freestyle (48.93). He was out-touched in the latter event by College of Idaho's John Green by two one-hundredths of a second.  

Freshman Matt Liedtke was Whitman's winner in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.34. 

Whitman foursomes captured all four relay events. In the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay, sophomore Kate Pringle teamed with Johnson, Boshart and Flynn for a winning time of 2:02.10. In the men's relay, sophomore Nick Wood joined Molnar, Liedtke and Jamie Nusse to win in 1:46.10.

In the closing 200-yard freestyle relays, winners were Kendi Thomas, Fitzpatrick, Klinger and Flynn for the women (1:47.55) and Colin Gibson, Stanton, Sollom-Brotherton and Ysbrand Nusse for the men (1:30.81).  

Complete Meet Results 

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