Monday, November 28, 2011


Last weekend the team traveled to McMinnville Oregon for the North West Invite hosted by Linfield College. With school in the rear view mirror for a week we saw a lot of low stress, high energy swimming! Over all both teams grabbed third place honors while being the loudest and most involved team on the pool deck.

Over all Whitman had:
9 first place finishes
9 second place finishes
7 third place finishes
5 fourth place finishes
6 fifth place finishes
2 School Records

Event winners:
400 IM - 4:15.04 - Galen
500 Free - 4:41.93* - Galen
1650 Free - 16:33.20* - Galen
100 Breast - 1:10.04 - Genay
200 Breast - 2:31.33 - Genay
100 Free - 48.93/48.96 - 1-2 finish by Karl and Mitchell
200 Fly - 2:13.57 - Katie Chapman
Mens 800 Free relay - 7:13.70 - Karl, Chris, Matt Rowett, Galen
Mens 400 Free relay - 3:12.05 - Karl, Mitchell, Shunei, Galen
*= School Record

Lewis & Clark, Pacific Dual's

Two great dual meets with fast swimming! Both mens and womens teams walked away with two wins. Man swimming set the tone early by nearly breaking school records in the medley relay and fly events. Galen broke through against Pacific to break the first school record of the year, wining the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.08 while breaking a 17-year-old Whitman school record by almost nine-tenths of a second. Solid swimming across the board!Galen Looking serious

The womens team swam hard against both teams, having 3 top ten all time swims against Lewis and Clark (two by Ashley, one by Genay), and pulling out a real barn burner against Pacific. Trailing into the last few events, Genay and Claire pulled out a exciting 1-2 finish in the breast to set up the final relay of Helen, Ellen, Charlotte and Keller which clinched the win.

Libby's Backstroke Start

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cancer Sucks

The Hour of Power Relay was founded in the honor of Ted Mullin, a swimmer at Carleton College, who passed away in 2006 from a rare type of soft tissue cancer called sarcoma. Every year, the Whitman Swim team participates in this event to both raise awareness and funding for this disease, by sprinting for a full hour in relay teams.

In September, Ted’s coach at Carleton College Andy Clark was in town for his Whitman College reunion. We were blessed by the opportunity to have Andy tell us about Ted Mullin, his life and his legacy.We are happy to report that on top of fund raisers for the Ted Mullin Fund, the team was able to reach out to other Northwest Conference Schools and expand the Hour of Power to most of the Northwest conference teams!

If you would like to help check out the Ted Mullin Fund, or the Carleton College Hour of Power page.