Jay, Chang power Missionaries past College of Idaho

Ashley Jay and Paul Chang win two races each as the Whitman teams swim to the win.

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WALLA WALLA - Ashley Jay for the women and Paul Chang for the men won two individual races apiece to help power Whitman College past College of Idaho in non-conference dual meet swimming action here Saturday afternoon in Harvey Pool.

The Whitman women were 139-40 winners in their meet while the Missionary men finished with a 130-50 margin of victory.

"It was a great way for us to open the season," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said. "Our athletes put a lot of heart into their swimming today, despite the fact that it's very early in our training calendar.

"We've been focusing primarily on technique, and it was awesome to see some real quality races," Blomme said. "But despite that, there was still some pretty fast swimming going on, so it's exciting to think about what's down the road."

Jay, a first-year swimmer from Brier, Wash., posted her wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles races, clocking times of 57.62 and 2:04.97.

Jay also teamed with Sara Behrens and Melanie Notari and Claire Collins to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.65.

Notari was also a three-time winner for the Missionaries, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.58) and joining Katie Tackman, Genay Pilarowski and Keller Hawkins to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.11.

Chang won the men's 50-yard freestyle in a career-best 22.12 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.26.

Karl Mering captured the 100-yard butterfly in 51.33, less than one second off Whitman's school record.

Mering and Matt Liedtke also contributed to both Whitman relay wins. They worked with Chris Bendix and Nic Win to take the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.11, and they sided with Ian Williams and Jacob Gavin for a 1:37.16 triumph in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Win, a rookie from Bothell, Wash., also saw success in the 400-yard individual, winning that race in 4:29.02.

Kevin O'Leary won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.32 while Galen Sollom-Brotherton, a junior transfer from Dublin, Calif., sped to first place in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.78.

Other Whitman women winning individual races included Pilarowski, who prevailed in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.63, and Hawkins, who took top honors in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.75.

Helen Jenne was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.12.

Whitman returns to the home waters next Saturday at 10 a.m. for its annual Alumni Meet.

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