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 individual event.
Daukas, a senior politics major, earned national academic honors for a second consecutive season. He qualified for the national championships in six individual events, although athletes are allowed to compete in three events only. He earned honorable mention All-American recognition in two of his three events, placing as high as ninth in the 200-yard individual medley.
Daukas also was part of five Whitman relay teams that earned honorable mention recognition during the national championships, which were held March 12-14 in Federal Way, Wash.
Daukas holds Whitman school records in five individual events, and he shares the school record in two relay events. He is a 1994 graduate of Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, and the son of Nancy and Frank Daukas of Tempe.
Allen, a junior economics major, overcame chronic shoulder problems midway through the past season and qualified for the national championships in the 100-yard butterfly. She placed 17th in the preliminaries of that event at nationals and missed advancing to the consolation finals by two one-hundredths of a second. She also helped Whitman relay teams earn honorable mention recognition in five relay events.
"We've been experimenting with her training regimen and we finally found a way for Cindy to compete at a high level again," Whitman coach Jay Coleman said. "As a freshman, before her shoulder pain became too severe, she qualified for nationals in four events."
Allen, a team captain this year, is a 1995 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Susan Allen, Hayden Lake, Idaho.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902
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