Whitworth Swims Past Willamette in Northwest Conference Dual Meet

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Whitworth University swept the men's and women's team titles against Willamette University on Saturday, Nov. 17, in a Northwest Conference swimming meet at the Willamette Natatorium. In the women's competition, Whitworth won 131-63. The Pirates won the men's competition, 144-38.

Whitworth's women improved to 5-0 on the season (4-0 NWC),while the Whitworth men moved to 5-1 overall (4-0 NWC). Both of Willamette's teams fell to 0-3 overall (0-3 NWC).

Willamette's women opened the meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. WU's team of Shannon Gima (Sr., Alameda, CA/Lick Wilmerding HS), Jenna Larrow (So., Boise, ID/Timberline HS), Brittany Thiemens (Sr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue Senior HS) and Bridget Sutherland (Sr., Everett, WA/Everett HS) achieved a winning time of 4:26.32. Whitworth's top team of Allison Shigley, Kathleen Lilleness, Brenda Foster and Jorie Turner finished more than three seconds alter at 4:29.78.

The Bearcats also received a win from Chelsea Hollingsworth (Sr., Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson HS) in the women's 100-yard freestyle. She completed the race in 59.66 seconds, more than two seconds in front of Lilleness of Whitworth, who clocked in at 1:01.83.

Larrow swam unopposed in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She recorded a time of 11:45.63 for a new season best.

Whitworth won the remaining women's events. Multiple event winners for the Pirates were Samantha Kephart, in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly, and Jorie Turner, in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke.

In the men's events, Kevin Tangeman (So., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) of Willamette swam unopposed in the 1,000-yard freestyle. His time was 11:39.47.

Willamette's Matt Tanigawa (So., Kailua, HI/Hawaii Baptist Academy) finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, as he completed the sprint in 23.99 seconds. Bryan Clarke of Whitworth won the event by 0.7 seconds and registered a time of 23:29.

The Whitworth men's team received multiple wins from Michael Woodward and Bryan Clarke. Whitworth won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.60. He also took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.53. In addition to winning the 50-yard freestyle, Clarke also finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.80.

Willamette's next swimming competition is the Northwest Invitational on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The event will be hosted by Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.


Whitworth 131
Willamette University 63

Whitworth 144
Willamette University 38

Chelsea Hollingsworth won the 100-yard freestyle during Willamette's dual meet with Whitworth.

Chelsea Hollingsworth won the 100-yard freestyle during Willamette's dual meet with Whitworth.