Whits, LC Trade Big Swim Team Victories
News Release Date:
Friday, January 16
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The swim teams for Whitman and Lewis & Clark colleges traded big wins in a Northwest Conference dual meet Friday night in the Paul Harvey Pool.
The Whitman men dunked their Lewis & Clark counterparts 164-34, but the Pioneers splashed back with a 137-67 triumph in the women's dual.
With senior Noel Sollom-Brotherton and freshmen Matthew Lee and Chris Bendix each winning two individual events, the Missionary men took first in all 11 races. The Lewis & Clark women were almost as dominant, winning 10 of 11 events. Lindsay Nixon, Annie Hay and Claire Jordan chalked up two wins each for the Pioneers in the individual events.
Lauren Flynn, a Whitman sophomore, denied the Pioneer women their shutout by winning the 100-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 55.51. That time moves Flynn from fourth to third on Whitman's all-time top 10 list for that event.
Flynn just missed posting a second victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Koy Collier won the race in 2:01.15 with Flynn taking second in 2:01.40, a time that moves her into fifth place all-time at Whitman.
The Whitman showcased their talented roster depth by sweeping the top three spots in four events. Bendix led Missionary sweeps in winning his two events, the 400-yard individual medley (IM) and 500-yard freestyle. In that latter event, in fact, Whitman swimmers took the top four spots (there were no Lewis & Clark entries).
With a time of 4:27.86 in the 400 IM, Bendix slipped into sixth place on Whitman's all-time list for that event. His time in the 500 free was good for 10th place on the Missionary top 10 list.
Sollom-Brotherton notched his two wins in the 50-yard freestyle (22.73) and 100-yard backstroke (56.36). Lee was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (50.05) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:04.52).
Other winners for the Whitman men were Ysbrand Nusse in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.05), Nate Wells in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:56.92), and Matt Liedtke in the 100-yard butterfly (57.11).
Lee and Sollom-Brotheron teamed with junior Kevin McCoy and sophomore Chad Trexler to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:34.14. It was Lee joining sophomore Nick Wood and juniors George Stanton and Eric Molnar for a winning time of 1:45.22 in the 200-yard medley relay.
For the Lewis & Clark women, Nixon won the 400-yard IM (4:50.45) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.91). Jordan was a winner in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:58.43) and 500-yard freestyle (5:32.61). Also winning twice was Hay in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke (1:03.84).
Collier in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.15) and Susie Trexler in the 500-yard freestyle (1:13.72) also won races for the Pioneer women. Collier, Trexler, Hay and Nixon won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.59. It was Jordan teaming with Cat Menkel-Lawrence, Kim Guinn and Sarit Gluz to take the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:49.71.
Linnea Scott, one of Whitman's first-year swimmers, finished second in both the 400-yard IM and 500-yard freestyle. Her time (4:54.97) in the 400 IM moves her into ninth place all-time at Whitman for that event.
Whitman stays at home Saturday to host Willamette in a 1 p.m. dual meet. Lewis & Clark heads to Spokane on Saturday for a 1 p.m. meet at Whitworth.
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