WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Heather Denker and Kris Daughters, captains of the basketball and swim teams, respectively, have been honored as co-winners of the 1993 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.
Daughters, a foreign languages & literatures (German) major, qualified for the NAIA national swimming championships in each of her four years at Whitman. She earned NAIA All-America status in the 200-yard backstroke during her junior season, and she also earned All-America honors as a member of more than a dozen Whitman relay teams during her collegiate years.
"Kris is very much a motivational person," Whitman swim coach Lee Coleman said. "She's been a good senior captain and a great team leader for all four of her years. She puts her heart and soul into what she does."
Denker, a 5-foot-6 guard on the basketball team, averaged 10.3 points per game during her senior season and led the Missionaries in free throw percentage (81 percent) and total number of 3-point goals (41). Whitman finished with a 17-11 season record and advanced into the second round of the NAIA District 2 playoffs.
Denker, a sociology major, scored a total of 938 points in her four seasons at Whitman (10th on the school's all-time career scoring list for women's basketball).
John Wilcox, the women's basketball coach at Whitman, said Denker is the best captain he's had in 11 years at the Missionary helm. "She really was an assistant coach on the floor," Wilcox said. "Once she understood what I wanted, she passed it along to the rest of the players. And, the fact that the other players listened to whatever she had to say was a good indication they had a lot of respect for her."
Daughters is a 1989 graduate of Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash. Denker graduated the same year from Oregon's South Eugene High School.