Sollom-Brotherton Snaps Swimming Mark

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 24

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Noel Sollom-Brotherton won a pair of backstroke races, setting a new Whitman College school record at the 200-yard distance, as the Missionary swim teams battled Whitworth University Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash.

Noel Sollom-Brotherton

Sollom-Brotherton won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:57.63, beating his nearest competitor by more than nine seconds and breaking a Whitman record (1:57.90) set in 1995 by Scott Daukas

Sollom-Brotherton won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.74, although he missed his career-best time by about six-tenths of a second. 

Whitworth, one of the top swim programs in the Northwest Conference, won the men's dual 178-84 and took the women's dual by a 192-66 count.

"Noel's new school record was our most exciting news of the day," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "He had a great meet against some tough competition."

Jamie Nusse added to the Missionary point total, winning the men's 100-yard freestyle in 49.66. 

With Sollom-Brotherton and Nusse swimming the opening and anchor legs, Whitman nearly picked off a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. The Missionary quartet, which included junior Eric Molnar and freshman Mitchell Lee, was second in 3:41.67, finishing less than a tenth of a second behind Whitworth.

Whitworth won all nine of the women's individual events, although Missionaries Courtney Fitzpatrick (200-yard butterfly), Monica Boshart (200-yard backstroke) and Lauren Flynn (100-yard butterfly) posted second-place efforts. Fitzpatrick finished less than a second out of her first in her race, and "that was a strong, career-best time for Monica," Blomme said.

Those placing second for the Whitman men included Ysbrand Nusse, who was clocked in 1:49.87 in the 200-yard freestyle. Mitchell was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle as was Molnar in the 200-yard buttefly. Molnar, who studied abroad during the fall semester, is "only a few weeks into his season, but he swam well," Blomme said.

"We had a lot of good swims today, but we also were missing several people because of illness and injury," Blomme added. "We'll hopefully get more healthy over the next few weeks as we start cutting back our training volume in preparation for the conference championships."

Whitman wraps up its regular season next weekend. The Missionaries travel to Tacoma, Wash., on Friday for an NWC dual meet against Puget Sound, and then host non-conference College of Idaho at 3 p.m. Saturday.  

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