COLLEGE SWIMMING Whitman Swimmers Dominate Wildcats

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WALLA WALLA - Getting two individual victories each from five different swimmers, Whitman College rolled to one-sided victories over Linfield College in men's and women's Northwest Conference dual meets Friday night in Harvey Pool at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

With sophomores Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne winning two races apiece, the Whitman women won both relays and eight of nine individual events en route to a 148-50 triumph.

The Missionary men saw similar results, capturing all but one individual event and finished with a 148-54 spread. Senior Jamie Nusse, junior Chris Bendix and sophomore Paul Chang were two-time winners for the Missionaries.

The Whitman men are now 3-0 in NWC dual meets while the Missionary women are 2-1.

Both Linfield teams dropped to 0-3 in conference duals.

Stephanie Longmate provided Linfield with its only victory in the women's dual, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:36.94. Lee Rivers, the lone winner for the Linfield men, won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.33, beating Whitman's Shunei Asao by less than 7/10s of a second.

Nusse's two victories in the men's dual came in the 100-yard freestyle (49.88) and 200-yard freestyle (1:48.17). Bendix notched his two wins in the 400-yard individual medley (4:25.79), where senior teammate Nick Wood finished second, and the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.54).

Chang posted his two wins in the 50-yard freestyle (22.66) and 100-yard breastroke (1:00.67). Whitman senior Chad Trexler was second and Wood third in the breaststroke.

Other winners for the Missionary men were sophomore Kevin Dyer in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:27.27) and junior Matt Liedtke in the 100-yard butterfly (54.80). Whitman junior Matt Rowett was second in the butterfly.

Asao, Chang and Liedtke teamed with sophomore Adam Brayton to win the men's 200-yard medley in 1:43.97. A second Whitman team comprised of Trexler, senior Eliot Stone, sophomore Andrew Roehrig and junior Colin Orr took second.

Nusse, Rowett, Asao and freshman Elliott Crane won the final men's relay (200-yard freestyle) in 1:31.25.

Chapman beat Whitman teammates to the finish line in claiming her two victories. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.88, edging senior Lauren Flynn by almost a second, and took the 100-yard buttefly in 1:01.12, outpacing sophomore Charlotte Graham.

Earlier in the meet, Graham was first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:16.75.

Jenne picked up her two victories in the 100-yard freestyle (56.62) and 50-yard freestyle (25.78). First-year Missionary Ellen Banks was second in the 50 free.

Other individual winners included two more first-year Whitman swimmers, Keller Hawkins in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.92) and Claire Collins in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.64). First-year sophomore Genay Pilarowski was the runner-up in the breaststroke while junior Alyssa Bader was third.

Senior Natalie Reilly led a 1-2 Whitman finish in the 400-yard individual medley, winning in 5:16.10. Sophomore Cari Cortez was second.

In the women's relays, it was Hawkins, Collins, Chapman and Jenne taking first in the 200-yard medley, while Banks, Graham, Hawkins and Flynn won the closing 200-yard freestyle.

Reilly and Pilarowski joined sophomore Rebecca Ryle and first-year teammate Melanie Notari to place second in the freestyle relay.

Both Whitman teams continue NWC competition against Willamette Saturday.

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