Whitman men, women 2nd at NWC swimming championships

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FEDERAL WAY — After the second day of competition at the Northwest Conference swimming championships, the Whitman men maintained their second-place standing behind Whitworth.

The Missionary women moved into second place with strong performances across the board. The women currently sit at 314 points – 117 behind the Pirates. The men have 414.5 points – trailing Whitworth by 86.

In the individual competitions, Whitman’s Karl Mering broke the 100 butterfly meet and conference record he had set in the morning prelims when he touched the wall first in Saturday’s finals with a time of 48.59, which was also an NCAA A cut time.

Whitman performed strongly in the 400 individual medley as Galen Sollom-Brotheron and Dane Kawamoto finished first (20 pts.) and fifth (14 pts.), with respective times of 4:01.47 (B cut) and 4:15.76.

Paul Chang took the title in the 100 breast, recording a time of 57.53 (B cut) while Nick Wechter finished seventh (1:00.53) and Kevin Wallin ninth (1:00.32).

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