Whitman Men Nip Whitworth; Pirate Women Roll

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – By the slimmest of margins, Whitworth's 90-meet dual meet winning streak against Northwest Conference opponents in men's swimming came to an end on Saturday afternoon at Whitman College.  The Missionaries pulled out a 133-129 victory in the men's dual, while the Pirate women rolled to a 158.5 – 103.5 win in the women's meet.

Whitworth's women conclude the dual meet season 8-1 overall, 7-0 in the NWC.  The Pirates' extended their winning streak to 44 in a row.  The men finish 7-2, 6-1.  Their dual meet streak stretched back 14 seasons.

The Whitman men earned the victory after Whitworth's "A" 400-yard freestyle relay was disqualified for an illegal exchange between the first and second swimmers in the final event of the meet.  Had that relay not been disqualified, the meet would have ended in a tie.

Galen Sollom-Brotherton and Karl Mering won three individual events apiece for the Missionaries, who claimed victories in 11 of the 14 men's events.  Sollom-Brotherton won the 1,650-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley.  Mering won the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard butterfly. 

But the Whitworth men nearly pulled out the team victory based on superior depth and the outstanding swimming of Callum McKintosh.  McKintosh won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.20 and then led a 1-2-3 Pirate finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.56.  Whitworth opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:36.06.

The Pirates' depth came through in six of the individual events with 2-3-4 finishes.  Those were the 1,650 free, 500 free, 200 free, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 400 I.M.

The Whitworth women won 11 of their 14 events to cruise past the Missionaries.  The Pirates jumped to an early lead that would prove impossible to overcome by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:52.77 and then taking first and second place in the first three individual events. 

Alisa Stang claimed the first of her three individual victories in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.51.  She then added wins in both the 50 freestyle (25.23) and 100 freestyle (54.54).

Nicole Lecoq won both the 100 backstroke (1:00.98) and 200 backstroke (2:12.55).  Kori Carpenter raced to a win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:14.82. 

Stang, Lecoq and Carpenter were joined by Marit Borth on the winning 400 freestyle relay at the end of the meet.  The Pirates' winning time was 3:41.74.

Whitworth controlled the distance events as well.  Bridget Louis won the 1,650 freestyle (18:07.23) and the 400 I.M. (4:45.55).  Kate Duvall was the winner of the 500 freestyle (5:20.93).

The Pirates will now turn their attention toward the Northwest Conference championship meet on Feb. 8-10 in Federal Way, Washington.  Whitworth's men have won ten NWC crowns in a row and today's dual meet loss will not play into the final 2013 results.

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