News release date: March 15, 1997

Coleman Leads Women Swimmers
to Third Straight Top 10 Finish

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Shauna Banks Coleman, a cornerstone of the Whitman College women's swim team for four seasons, led the Missionaries to their third consecutive 10th place finish at the NAIA national championships, which were held March 6-8 in Federal Way, Wash.

Meanwhile, a small Whitman men's team placed 17th, down two notches from its finish the two previous seasons.

Coleman, a senior from Cheney, Wash., gave Whitman its highest individual finish by placing sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle to earn first-team All-America honors. Competing in the final individual event of her collegiate career, Coleman was timed in 18:01.22, just two seconds off the school record she set in 1994.

"It was an absolutely beautiful swim," Whitman coach Lee Coleman said. "It was great to see her finish that way."

Shauna Coleman also led Whitman's relay squad to first-team All-America honors in the 800-yard freestyle. Coleman teamed with Sarah Cochran, Castle Funatake and Kim Adler to place seventh in 8:11.09.

Coleman just missed first-team honors in the 400-yard individual medley. Swimming in the consolation finals, she swam a season-best 4:44.08 to place ninth and garner honorable mention recognition.

"Had Shauna qualified for the championship finals, she would have placed fifth with that time," Lee Coleman noted.

In other Whitman highlights, Garrett Hageman and Kim Adler broke school records, and the Whitman women also set a new school mark in the 200-yard medley relay.

Hageman, a sophomore from Lake Oswego, Oregon, broke his own school record in placing 14th and earning honorable mention All-America recognition in the 500-yard freestyle. He lowered his record to 4:51.23.

"That was a great swim for Garrett," Coleman said. Hageman also holds the school record in the freestyle at 1,000 and 1,650 yards.

Adler, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, nabbed her first school record in the 200-yard backstroke. Despite being slowed by illness, Adler broke the record in the morning preliminaries and trimmed it again to 2:14.68 while placing 13th in the evening finals. That finish was good enough for honorable mention All-America honors.

"Kim has been one of our best swimmers for a couple of years now, but that was her first school record," Coleman said. "We were thrilled to see that."

Adler also teamed with Jennifer Weiss, Castle Funatake and Carol Brooks to break the school record in a preliminary heat of the 200-yard medley relay. Their new record is 1:56.57. The foursome placed 10th in the finals to win honorable mention All-America recognition.

Scott Daukas and Alex Susbauer also walked away with honorable mention distinction by placing in the top 16 of two individual events.

Daukas, a junior from Tempe, Arizona, who missed half the swim season while studying in Europe, placed 13th in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:20.49.

Susbauer, a senior from Portland, Oregon, also placed 13th in his event, the 200-yard butterfly, in 2:00.78.

In addition to its first-team All-America performance in the 800-yard freestyle and new school record in the 200-yard medley, the Whitman women's relay teams earned honorable mention recognition in three other relays:

* 400-yd freestyle -- Weiss, Funatake, Brooks, Adler; 10th, 3:46.95.

* 400-yd medley -- Weiss, Adler, Coleman, Brooks; 11th, 4:15.44.

* 200-yd freestyle -- Weiss, Adler, Coleman, Brooks; 12th, 1:44.55.

Three Whitman men's relay teams also registered honorable mention All-America recognition by placing in the top 16:

* 200-yd medley -- Scott Daukas, Brian Wright, Alex Susbauer, Mike Horn; 15th, 1:43.24.

* 400-yd medley -- Daukas, Wright, Susbauer, Horn; 16th, 3:45.49.

* 800-yd freestyle -- Daukas, Horn, Hageman, David Poore; 16th, 7:20.68.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902
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