The award goes to juniors and seniors who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale) and who qualified for the NAIA national championships in at least one event.
Despite missing more than half of the season while studying in Europe, Daukas qualified for nationals in two individual events. He placed 13th in one of those events, the 400-yard individual medley, at nationals to earn honorable mention All-America recognition.
Daukas, a politics major, also helped Whitman capture honorable mention recognition in three relays at the national championships, which were held in early March in Federal Way, Wash.
A 1995 graduate of Westwood High School in Tempe, Arizona, Daukas holds Whitman school records in four individual events. He also shares in two school records in relay events.
A year ago, Whitman's Castle Funatake was only of 10 female athletes to earn NAIA Academic All-America honors. Funatake, a senior from Portland, Oregon, was not eligible for academic honors again this season because she did not qualify for nationals in an individual event.
Funatake qualified for nationals in the relay events, however, and helped Whitman place seventh in the 800-yard freestyle and earn first-team All-America honors. She also was part of two other relay teams that earned honorable mention All-America recognition.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902
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