Whitman swimmers swamp Puget Sound

Galen Sollom-Brotherton wins three events as the Missionaries split a double-dual.


SPOKANE - With Galen Sollom-Brotherton winning three events for the men and Helen Jenne taking two for the women, the Whitman College swim teams wrapped up the regular season with a split in a Saturday afternoon double-dual meet in Spokane.

Both Whitman teams got past Puget Sound. The Missionary men beat their Logger counterparts 76-45 while the women were victorious 68-54.

Neither Whitman nor Puget Sound could handle Whitworth, however.

The host Pirates won the men's dual meets by margins of 69-53 (Whitman) and 82-40 (Puget Sound). The Whitworth women downed Whitman 77-45 while beating Puget Sound 83-39.

The double-dual meet was held to compensate for meets canceled the previous weekend because of hazardous weather-related driving conditions.


Pacific Lutheran, one of the teams affected by last week's cancellations, elected not to make to make the trip to Spokane for Saturday's competition.

"After our two meets were canceled last week, our job was to maintain our energy levels through this week and bring it back today," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

"I couldn't be happier with how well we did that as a team. It was our heart that made us so successful today."

Sollom-Brotherton notched his three victories in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:33.31), 200-yard freestyle (1:44.20) and 500-yard freestyle (4:41.53).

He lowered his school record at the 500-yard distance by four-tenths of a second and missed matching his school standard at 1,650 yards by one-tenth of a second.

Sollom-Brotherton also anchored Whitman's 200-yard freestyle relay team, which won its meet-ending race in 1:26.95, edging a Whitworth quartet by one second.

Others sharing in that relay triumph were Karl Mering, Mitchell Lee and Shunei Asao.

"That was two great dual meet wins for our men and women against Puget Sound, but we were also very happy to see our men's relay team close out the meet with a victory over Whitworth," Blomme said.

In other individual races, Mering captured both butterfly events for the Missionaries, breaking a pool record by winning the 100-yard race in 50.33. That shaved one-tenth of a second off a record set in 1986 when Whitworth hosted the NAIA national championships.

Mering's victory in the 200-yard butterfly was clocked at 1:54.19. He holds the Whitman school records in both butterfly events, although he fell just a bit short of those marks on Saturday.

Mering and Lee joined Paul Chang and Nic Win for a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Missionary foursome finished second in 1:36.97, lopping four-tenths of a second off a school record set three years ago.

Jenne picked up her two wins in the 50-yard freestyle (25.15) and 100-yard freestyle (55.51). She also helped Whitman finish second in both relay events.

Jenne teamed with Genay Pilarowski, Katie Chapman and Keller Hawkins for a second-place time of 1:15.65 in 200-yard medley, which opened the meet.

The meet ended with the 200-yard freestyle relay, and Whitman needed to finish ahead of Puget Sound to nail down the overall dual victory over the Loggers.

Jenne and Hawkins teamed with Sara Behrens and Ellen Banks to take second in 1:41.51, finishing just over one second behind Whitworth but more than four seconds in front of the Puget Sound entry.

Pilarowski added to Whitman's victory total with by winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.24. She finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with teammate Claire Collins taking third.

Chapman placed second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.26, finishing less than two-tenths of a second behind the winner.

Ashley Jay, a first-year Whitman swimmer, was the runner-up in both the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:38.98) and 500-yard freestyle (5:21.58). She posted season-best times in both races and missed the top spot in the 500 by about one second.

Melanie Notari just missed winning the 100-yard butterfly. She took second in a career-best 1:00.20, missing first by one one-hundredth of a second.

On the men's side, Chang was the runner-up in both breaststroke events, and he added a third-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley.

Both Whitman teams finished the NWC dual meet season with 5-1 records.

The NWC Championships are up next on the schedule. The three-day meets starts Feb. 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.


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