News release date: May 10, 1991

Two-Sport Standout Awarded 1991 Mignon Borleske Trophy

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Tina Thompson, an All-American alpine ski racer and all-conference soccer player, has been honored with the 1991 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 a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability, leadership qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

Thompson, one of Whitman's top alpine skiers throughout her four years, was a member of 1989 women's team that captured a national title at the National Collegiate Ski Association championships in Lutzen, Minnesota.

In soccer, Thompson served as captain of a Missionary team that captured Whitman's first-ever bid to the NAIA West Coast Regionals. With Thompson scoring 10 goals and two assists, Whitman finished its fall season with a 10-3-3 overall record.

The Missionary season ended with a 3-1 loss to Seattle in the first round of the district playoffs. Thompson scored Whitman's lone goal in that game.

The Whitman women finished in second place in the Northwest conference with a record of four wins and two ties. Thompson earned first-team all-conference honors for the second time in her Whitman career. She also capped her senior season by earning a spot on the NAIA District 1 First Team and receiving honorable mention recognition on the NAIA All-American.

Whitman coach Pedro Blanco, who earned Coach of the Year honors in the Northwest conference, describes Thompson as a "true leader on the soccer field. She's a very hard worker and has outstanding stamina. By her example she pushed the other players to work harder."

Many of Thompson's on-field contributions stemmed from her ability to "visualize not just the next play, but two or three plays in advance," Blanco added. "She anticipated what was going to happen before the other players could react."

A biology major at Whitman, Thompson graduated from Seattle's Garfield High School in 1985.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509)