News release date: May 1, 2001

Whitman's Best-Ever Freestyle Sprinter Nets Borleske Trophy

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Tucker Jackson, the best freestyle sprinter in the history of Whitman College swimming, has been awarded the 2001 Borleske Trophy, which is given annually to the most outstanding male student-athlete.

The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions the campus as a whole.

Jackson, a biology major from Seattle, Wash., was one of the top swimmers in the Northwest Conference (NWC) throughout his four years at Whitman. He dominated the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, winning conference titles in both events at the end of his sophomore and senior seasons. He missed a good portion of his junior season, including the NWC championships that spring, because he was studying off-campus in Australia.

Jackson also ranked among the NWC's best swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle. As a sophomore and senior, he finished third in that event at the conference championships.

In three-plus seasons of NWC dual-meet competition, Jackson won 46 of the 53 individual races he entered. He never lost a 50-yard freestyle race to a conference opponent, and he won all but one of his races in the 100-yard freestyle. He completed his swim career holding Whitman schools records for both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle distances.

"In addition to being a fierce competitor and amazing athlete, Tucker was a captain whose own approach to swimming was an inspiration for the entire team," Whitman swim coach Jennifer Blomme said. "His enthusiasm and positive spirit were quintessential in this team's success."

Jackson is only the third male swimmer to win the Borleske Trophy in the history of the award, which was given for the first time in 1937. Other swimmers to win the award were Nathan Engmann in 1996 and Mark Ralston in 1976.

Jackson, a 1997 graduate of Seattle Preparatory School, is the son of Chrissie and Fred Jackson of Seattle, Wash.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, 509 527-5902