Whitman swimmers split against Redlands

The Missionary men take a 105-99 victory, but the women fall, 111-94, during semester-break training.

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WALLA WALLA - The Whitman College swim teams, in southern California for a week of semester-break outdoor training, splashed to a split decision against the University of Redlands.

The Whitman men's team ran its dual meet record to 4-0 with a 105-99 victory, but the Missionary women's squad slipped to 3-1 on the season in a 111-94 setback.

Galen Sollom-Brotherton paced the men's victory, winning both the 500-yard (4:44.06) and 1,650-yard (16:34.85) freestyles races and anchoring a Whitman victory in the 400-yard medley relay.

Sollom-Brotherton and Paul Chang teamed with freshmen Nic Win and Karl Mering to win the medley relay in 3:33.15, breaking a four-year-old school record by more than two seconds.

Chang, Mering and Win also won individual races, but the Missionary men needed a victory in the final event - the 200-yard freestyle relay - to nail down their team triumph.

Mering and Chang swam the first and last legs in the relay finale with Mitchell Lee and Shunei Asao filling the second and third slots. Their winning time was 1:28.58.

Like the men's team, the Whitman women won five of the nine individual races, but Redlands used greater depth and a split in the two relays to outscore the Missionaries.

Whitman got off to a good start with a victory in the women's 400-yard medley. s Genay Pilarowski, Katie Chapman and Helen Jenne teamed with Keller Hawkins to win the race in 4:11.39, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of the Redlands quartet.

All four Missionary women added individual race wins, and first-year Missionary Ashley Jay added a fifth victory.

Ellen Banks joined Hawkins, Jenne and Chapman to fall just short in 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome was clocked in 1:42.80, less than four-tenths of a second behind the Redlands entry.

Jay notched her individual victory in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:36.00. She also placed second in the 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Jenne picked up her victory in the 50-yard freestyle, touching first in 25.68. Pilarowski won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.78.

Chapman posted her win in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.15 while Hawkins took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.91.

While Sollom-Brotherton was winning the men's two freestyle distance races, the Missionaries also got victories from Chang in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.39), Win in the 100-yard backstroke (55.04) and Mering in the 100-yard butterfly (51.92).

Win's season-best time in the backstroke moves him from 10th to fifth on Whitman's all-time list of best times for that event. He also placed second the 400-yard individual medley.

The Redlands women are now 4-2 in their dual meet season while the Bulldog men are 3-2.

Whitman returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend with dual meets at Linfield on Friday (6 p.m) and Willamette on Saturday (1 p.m.).

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