Whitman men third, women fourth at NWC swim championships

Katie Chapman is the first Missionary to win three individual races at the championships.


GRESHAM, Ore. - There was plenty of joy and just a touch of heartache as the Whitman College swim teams swept through the 2011 Northwest Conference Championships with a final wave of success Sunday night at Mt. Hood Community College.

Sophomore Katie Chapman continued to make Whitman swim history, becoming the first Missionary swimmer to win three individual races at one NWC championship meet.

Chapman, who broke school records in two of her races and helped shatter Whitman records in four relays, also became the first Missionary to be named the Women's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet.

Other Whitman highlights Sunday night included new school records for Paul Chang, Claire Collins and Kevin Dyer.

Jenn Blomme, who coaches both teams at Whitman, was voted Co-Coach of the Year for women's swimming. She shares the award this year with Chris Fantz, the coach at Lewis & Clark.

Sunday night's only real heartache for Whitman came with the final women's team scoring, where Lewis & Clark captured third place, edging the Missionary women by a single point for a second straight year.

Meanwhile, the Missionary men nailed down third place by a wide margin, and at one time Sunday night trailed second-place Puget Sound by just 13 points. Whitman also was a third year ago, placing just four points behind the Logger men.

Whitworth and Puget Sound finished one-two in the team scoring for both the men's and women's competitions.

Final point totals on the men's side are Whitworth 923.5, Puget Sound 586.5, Whitman 529.5, Pacific Lutheran 314.5, Pacific 307, Lewis & Clark 216, Linfield 201, and Willamette 7.

For the women, the final team totals are Whitworth 817, Puget Sound 679, Lewis & Clark 449, Whitman 448, Pacific 242, Pacific Lutheran 236, Linfield 174, and Willamette 128.

Sunday night's battle for third place in the women's scoring turned in Whitman's favor when Chapman won the final individual event - the 200-yard butterfly - in a fast 2:07.95.

With first-year teammate Melanie Notari placing fifth in the butterfly in 2:17.32, Whitman racked up enough points in that race to take a 416-415 lead into the night's final relay race, the 400-yard freestyle.

Chapman swam in that last relay, teaming with Helen Jenne, Lauren Flynn and first-year Missionary Ellen Banks to set a new school record (3:36.80) while placing third. But the Lewis & Clark women swam 1.2 seconds faster and finished second, scoring just enough points to edge Whitman by one point in the final team totals.

Chapman's winning time in the 200 butterfly meets the provisional qualifying standard for next month's NCAA Division III national championship meet.

Her bid for a third school record in three days fell just short, however. Her time missed the mark set in 2008 by Erin Pettersen by just eight one-hundredths of a second.

The time posted by Chapman, Jenne, Flynn and Banks in the 400 free relay shaved nearly two seconds off a second set just last year.

Various combinations of swimmers broke all five of the school's relay records in this weekend's meet.

Collins, a first-year swimmer, placed second in Sunday's 200-yard breaststroke, lowering her own school record to 2:24.89. She missed the provisional qualifying time for the national championships by just three one-hundredths of a second.

Genay Pilarowski swam in the consolation finals of the 200 breaststroke, placing 10th overall in 2:31.77.

Highlights for the Whitman men Sunday night included new school records for Chang and Dyer in two events that produced a bunch of team points for the Missionaries.

Chang was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.76, trimming about eight-tenths of a second off a record set by Chad Trexler in 2009. Nick Wood placed fifth in Sunday's race in 2:12.79 while Trexler was eighth in 2:15.96.

Brian Wakefield swam in the consolation finals, placing 10th overall in 2:19.12.

Dyer placed third in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:37.22, knocking more than six seconds off the school record set by teammate Chris Bendix in 2009. Bendix was fourth Sunday night night in 16:49.00.

Elliott Crane dropped a big chunk of time in placing eighth in 17:44.08. Adding more points were Nate Wells, 13th, 18:38.85; Ian Williams, 14th, 18:53.04; and Eliot Stone, 15th, 19:40.68.

Tyler Hurlburt finished just outside the scoring, placing 17th in 20:26.83.

Jamie Nusse, a fixture in the championships in each of his four seasons, came within a whisker of the school record in the 100-yard freestyle, placing third in 47.15.

That was just eight one-hundredths of a second shy of the school record set by Tucker Jackson in 1999.

Mitchell Lee finished right behind Nusse in Sunday's final, placing fourth in 47.15.

The Whitman women scored well in their 100-yard freestyle.

Jenne was sixth in 54.14 (the third-best time ever clocked at Whitman) while Flynn, the school record holder, was eighth in 55.63.

Banks and Charlotte Graham were in the consolation finals of the 100 free. Banks was 12th overall in 55.37, which moves her into fifth place on Whitman's all-time list. Graham was 15th on Sunday in 56.08.

First-year swimmer Keller Hawkins placed seventh in the women's 200-yard backstroke in a career-best 2:12.45, a time that moves her into second place on Whitman's Top 10 list for that event. Sophomore Libby Arnosti was in the consolation finals, placing 12th in a career-best 2:16.40.

Junior Matt Liedtke made the championship finals of the 200-yard butterfly, placing eighth in 2:03.64. Freshman Colin Orr was in the consolation finals, placing 15th in 2:11.86.

Four Whitman men swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard backstroke. Freshman Shunei Asao and sophomore Andrew Roehrig led the way, placing 11th and 12th, respectively, in 2:09.23 and 2:10.72. Junior Ian Williams was 15th in 2:16.85 while sophomore Adam Brayton was 16th in 2:18.84.

Swimmers in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle included sophomore Rebecca Ryle (18th, 19:50.18), junior Katie Tackman (19th, 20:17.64) and sophomore Erin Kiskaddon (22nd, 21:16.20).

Nusse, Asao, Chang and Lee made a strong showing in the men's 400-yard freestyle relay, placing second in 3:10.39. They missed the school record by less than one second.


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