Thursday, January 24, 2013

Last Home Meet on Saturday at 1pm!

This Saturday at 1pm is our final home meet and our final NWC dual meet of the season!  We would love to have a ton of fans to wish our seniors well in their final swims at the Harvey Pool and as the Whitman Men attempt to make history by defeating Whitworth!

The final dual meet of the season will be against our rivals from Spokane, Whitworth University.  Whitworth's Men and Women are both undefeated in NWC dual meets.  Whitman's Men are also undefeated.  The only loss for the Missionary Women came last Friday to a tough PLU team, who Whitworth's women defeated the next day.  Having faced every other team in the conference, both Whitworth and Whitman have shown over and over again that they have the two strongest Men's teams in the conference.  If the Missionary Men take down the Whitworth Pirates, it will be the first time Whitman has ever defeated Whitworth.  If the Pirates win, they will have had 11 consecutive seasons without a Men's NWC dual meet loss.  Regardless of the outcome, it will be an historic day for one team.

The weekend will also be historic for 14 of our team members.  Seniors, Paul Chang, Kevin Dyer, Tyler Hurlburt, Andrew Roehrig, Galen Sollom-Brotherton, Libby Arnosti, Sara Behrens, Katie Chapman, Cari Cortez, Charlotte Graham, Helen Jenne, Erin Kiskaddon, Genay Pilarowski, and Rebecca Ryle will have their final swims at the Harvey pool this weekend.  The impact that these swimmers have had on this team is truly extraordinary.  For the men, of 19 school records, our Senior class is responsible for 11of them as individuals or part of relays.  On the women's side the Seniors hold 9 of 19.  Perhaps just as amazing as all those school records is the fact that Tyler Hurlburt has missed a total of one practice in the last four seasons.  Never sick, never over-sleeping, never behind on class work, the only practice that he missed in his four years was for his Senior Oral exam in Chemistry.

 Their legacy will continue to inspire generations of Whitman Swimmers long down the road.  They might not be around Walla Walla next year but we certainly haven't seen the last of these Whitman swimmers!