WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Following in the footsteps of her older brother, Whitman College soccer player Hillary Chisholm has earned Academic All-District honors.
Chisholm, a junior defender, is one of 12 players named to the Academic All-District First Team in the College Division of District VIII. That division includes all NAIA and NCAA Div. II and Div. III schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.
A second Whitman player, sophomore forward Sammie Arthur, was named to the Academic All-District Second Team. As a first-team pick, Chisholm is eligible for election to the Academic All-America Team. That voting will take place later this fall.
Chisholm’s older brother, Tyler, was one of two Whitman players who earned Academic All-District honors last year in men’s soccer. Tyler Chisholm graduated from Whitman last spring.
In two years as a starter, the 5-foot-8 Chisholm has helped Whitman’s defense post a total of eight shutouts. “Hillary’s height and speed combined with her vision of the field make her a tremendous defender,” Whitman coach Scott Shields says. “Her ability to read the game as it happens is the key. That’s what allows her to intercept passes from attacking players.”
Chisholm also has one goal this season, scoring against Pacific Lutheran on a high chip shot from 40 yards out. Last fall as a sophomore, Chisholm booted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over George Fox. Earlier in that season, she assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Whitworth.
Arthur, who earned NWC First-Team honors last fall in her first season, led Whitman in scoring with eight goals and two assists. This season, Arthur finished with six goals and two assists. She has six game-winning goals, and two hat tricks, in her two seasons.
“Sammie is the most competitive player on our team,” Shields says. “She brings a perfect balance of athletics and academics to our program. We’re very fortunate to have Sammie on our team. I look forward to seeing her grow as a student athlete over the next two years.”
A graduate of Branson School in Ross, Calif., Arthur has a 3.867 cumulative grade point average at Whitman, where she is majoring in environmental studies-biology. She is the daughter of Michael and Molly Arthur of Tiburon, Calif.
A graduate of Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Chisholm has a cumulative grade point average of 3.889 at Whitman. She was recognized last spring as having the highest grade point average of all Whitman varsity athletes. Chisholm is the daughter of Dr. Donald & Robin Chisholm of Coeur d’Alene.
Chisholm is majoring in art history with a minor in chemistry. She plans to attend medical school after graduating from Whitman. She worked last summer as an intern in the Emergency Department of the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. Her volunteer activities include the Whitman Mentoring Program and Whitman Storytime Project.
Chisholm is one of three Northwest Conference players who made the Academic All-District First Team. Arthur is one of four NWC players named to the second team.
The Whitman women’s soccer team finished its season Friday with a 5-1 victory over Lewis & Clark College. Whitman’s final season record was 11-8-1, which included a mark of 8-7-1 in the NWC.
The Academic All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America.