News release date: May 13, 1997

Nine-Time All-American Swimmer Named 1997 Borleske Winner

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Shauna Banks Coleman, a first-team NAIA All-American swimmer in each of her four seasons, is the 1997 winner of Mignon Borleske Athletic Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding female student-athlete at Whitman College.

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

Coleman, a sociology major from Cheney, Wash., capped her swim career earlier this spring when she placed sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NAIA national championships in Federal Way, Wash. "It was an absolutely beautiful swim for Shauna," Whitman swim coach Lee Coleman said. "She has been such a huge part of our swim program, and it was great to see her finish her career that way."

Earlier in her final national championship meet, Shauna Coleman placed ninth in the consolation finals of the 400-yard individual medley to earn honorable mention All-American recognition in that event. Had she been swimming in the championship finals, her time would have placed her fifth.

Coleman also made her mark at this spring's national championships by leading the Whitman women to a seventh-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. It was the third time in four seasons that Coleman sparked the Missionary women to first-team All-American honors in that relay event.

In her four trips to nationals, Coleman stroked her way to first-team recognition in six individual events and three relays. She also claimed honorable mention kudos in three individual events and as part of 14 relays.

Coleman made her strongest showing at nationals as a junior. She placed fifth that season in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh in both the 1,650-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley. During the course of the meet, she set Whitman school records in four individual events.

Coleman established her college credentials as a freshman, placing third in both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley events in her first Northwest conference championship meet. She won conference titles in the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events as a junior, and she finished her college career with nine top-eight individual performances in conference championship competition.

Teammates rewarded Coleman with Most Valuable Player honors at the end of each of her four seasons. She also was received her team's Most Inspirational award as a senior, after returning to school and swim competition following a one-year hiatus.


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