WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Sam Spiegel and Brad Changstrom, who helped the Whitman College men's team tennis team qualify for the NCAA Div. III national playoffs this spring, have earned Academic All-America honors.
Spiegel, a graduating senior, and Changstrom, a junior, are third-team selections on the CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America At-Large Team. The College Division includes all NCAA Div. II and Div. III schools, as well as all NAIA schools, in the nation. The At-Large Team represents student athletes in a wide variety of sports, including golf, skiing, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, lacrosse and tennis.
Spiegel, a politics major from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Changstrom, a biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major from Loveland, Colo., were among 15 athletes named to the Third Team. The First and Second teams also included 15 athletes each.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) administers the Academic All-America program, which is in its 53rd year and has honored more than 14,000 students at all levels for all recognized NCAA sports.
Spiegel and Changstrom, along with Whitworth College swimmer Cory Bergman, were the only Northwest Conference athletes named to one of the three men's Academic All-America At-Large teams. Bergman, who placed fifth in one of his individual events at the NCAA Div. III national swimming championships, was voted to the Second Team.
Spiegel was the only senior on a Whitman menís tennis team that captured a Northwest Conference title this spring and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Div. III national playoffs. A team co-captain, Spiegel compiled a record of 10-3 in singles, which included a 9-0 mark against NWC opponents. His career singles record against conference foes was an impressive 39-5. He earned All-NWC First Team honors at the end of his junior season.
In a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, Spiegel was one of two graduating seniors awarded the 2004 Borleske Trophy, which is given annually to the top male athlete at the school.
Spiegel was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society, and the Order of Wailatpu, a Whitman honor society. He also competed on Whitmanís forensics team, which achieved a No. 1 national ranking this year in combined sweepstakes scoring in parliamentary and policy debate. In four years of competition, he also placed first six times in individual events at various intercollegiate speech tournaments. As a freshman, Spiegel and a second Whitman freshman won the prestigious Pi Kappa Delta National Debate Tournament.
Spiegel plans to pursue international human rights policy as a career. Before enrolling in graduate school, he hopes to work in the immediate future as an intern in South Africa, with either the United Nations Development Program or the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
Changstrom compiled records of 7-1 in singles and 9-3 in doubles against Northwest Conference opponents as the Whitman menís tennis ream rolled to its first league title in four years. Changstrom, who served as a team co-captain this spring, earned All-NWC Second-Team honors at the end of his sophomore season.
Changstrom is spending this summer as an intern in the University of Notre Dameís Department of Biology, conducting research on how cell development is related to cancer. The internship is funded through the National Science Foundation and its Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
A graduate of Thompson Valley High School (Loveland, Colo.), Changstrom volunteered last summer at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, dividing his time between the emergency room and assisting patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís. After Whitman, he plans to enroll in medical school or graduate school for research in neurobiology or biochemistry.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902