by Marcus Koontz
WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER
Regarding two recent October swim meets, Whitman swim team coach Jenn Blomme touted the team’s strong sportsmanship.
The Oct. 27 Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon and the following day’s Northwest Conference Relay provided an opportunity to practice diligence, win success, and grow as a team.
“Our swimmers came into the meet with a confident and relaxed attitude, and we had some fast early swims,” said Blomme. “We also got a better idea of where we need to work.”
In this season opener, the Missionaries had sophomore Ysbrand Nusse place sixth overall and first-year Eric Molnar place 11th.
This is the best performance the men’s team has had during a season opener.
In the women’s team, Erin Pettersen placed in 12th with three others finishing in the top 20.
Later, excitement filled Whitman fans when the grouping of men’s and women’s swim team scores placed them in third place at Saturday’s Northwest Conference relay meet, just trailing behind Whitworth and Puget Sound.
“I really think we had the most excited and united team at the pool,” said Blomme, “For the most part, we swam good early season times.”
Whitman will host meets at the new Paul Harvey Pool for the first time this coming weekend.
Whitman will host Lewis & Clark College at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and Albertson College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.