Whitman swimmers successful at NW invitational

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WALLA WALLA - Putting the finishing touches on an impressive two days in the pool, Galen Sollom-Brotherton won his third individual race and anchored a third victorious Whitman College relay team in Saturday night's final session of the Northwest Invitational in McMinnville, Ore.

Sollom-Brotherton, a junior, started the session by winning the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:33.20, shaving four seconds off the school mark set a year ago by junior teammate Kevin Dyer.

Then, to cap the evening, Sollom-Brotherton teamed with senior Mitchell Lee, sophomore Shunei Asao and freshman Karl Mering to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:12.05.

Mering and Mitchell also finished one-two in the 100-yard freestyle with Mering winning in 48.93, nipping Mitchell by three one-hundredths of a second.

On the women's side, junior Genay Pilarowski won her second event of the day, finishing first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.33. Sophomore teammate Claire Collins was third in 2:33.65.

Pilarowski won the 100-yard breastroke during Saturday's morning session.

Junior Katie Chapman also won for Whitman in the evening session, taking the 200-yard butterfly in 2:13.57. Sophomore Melanie Notari was fifth in 2:27.37.

Junior Paul Chang gave Whitman a second-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.38. Senior Chris Bendix was fourth in 2:21.55.

Sophomore Keller Hawkins paced Whitman in the women's 200-yard backstroke, placing fifth in 2:20.68. Junior Libby Arnosti was eighth in 2:24.93.

Junior Helen Jenne was seventh (56.10) and first-year swimmer Ashley Jay 10th (57.55) in the 100-yard freestyle.

Senior Matt Liedtke finished eighth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.20 while sophomore Asao was ninth in the men's 100-yard freestyle in 50.90.

Both Whitman teams finished third in the team scoring.

The Missionary women collected 496 points, edging Pacific by less than three points.

The Whitman men rang up 539.5 points to take third by a wide margin.

Next up for the Whitman swimmers is the Husky Invitational, slated for Dec. 1-4 at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Earlier in the day, Sollom-Brotherton won individual events, and the men's 800-yard freestyle relay team was also victorious.

Pilarowski won the women's 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.04 while sophomore teammate Claire Collins was fourth in 1:11.35.

Sollom-Brotherton dominated the men's 400-yard individual medley in 4:15.04, beating his nearest competitor by more than seven seconds.

Sollom-Brotherton also swam the anchor leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay, joining freshman Karl Mering and seniors Chris Bendix and Matt Rowett for a winning time of 7:13.70.

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