Tina Thompson Farley (left) and Whitman teammate Julie Brazil.

Tina Thompson Farley

Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame
Class of 2005

Tina Thompson Farley, a 1991 Whitman graduate, was a two-sport star who earned NAIA All-American honors in soccer and shared in a national championship with the women’s alpine ski team. Thompson made an immediate impact in each sport, excelling as a four-year starter in soccer and competing in the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Championships in each of her first three seasons.

After winning a regional ski title in early 1988, Thompson and her alpine teammates swept through the USCSA championships in March at Lutsen, Minn. In the opening event (giant slalom), Thompson finished eighth as Whitman placed four competitors in the top 11. While not as dominating in the second event (slalom), Whitman skied well enough to nail down the team title, which was believed to be school’s first national crown in any sport.

As the defending national champion in 1989 at Lake Tahoe, Calif., the women’s alpine team placed second in the slalom and finished fourth overall. Thompson was a key contributor, finishing 13th in the giant slalom and 22nd in the slalom. As a junior in 1990, Thompson helped Whitman qualify for a third consecutive trip to the national championships. After finishing third in the slalom and 10th in the giant slalom at the conference championships, she added an 11th-place showing in the giant slalom at regionals. Whitman then placed eighth at the national championships, which were held that year at Waterville, N.H.

As a senior, Thompson helped the women’s alpine team win a Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference title. With a number of skiers falling in the slalom at the regional championships, however, Whitman slipped to a sixth-place finish and failed to qualify for nationals.

As a senior captain and midfielder, Thompson capped her soccer career by leading Whitman to its first-ever berth in the NAIA West Coast Regionals in the fall of 1990. Whitman lost 2-0 to Willamette in the opening round before battling Asuza Pacific to a 1-1 tie in the consolation bracket. With Thompson scoring 10 goals and two assists, Whitman finished its season with a 10-4-2 record. She earned NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition, in addition to all-conference, all-district and all-region honors.

Tina Thompson Farley with husband Matt Farley and daughter Katie in a July, 2004, family photo.

Thompson garnered the same set of awards at the end of her sophomore season, when she topped her team in scoring with 17 goals and paced Whitman to a 12-5-2 record. She served early notice of her scoring prowess during her first season, booting a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over Willamette. Despite playing for three different coaches, the women’s soccer team posted a winning record in each of Thompson’s four seasons.

A biology major at Whitman, Thompson graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High School, where she played four years of varsity soccer and began her competitive ski career. As a Whitman senior, she won the Mignon Borleske Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding female athlete on campus.

Following her graduation from Whitman, Thompson taught English for two years in Osaka, Japan. She completed a master’s degree in business administration in 1996 at Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and later worked as a project manager for a market research firm. At the time of her selection to the Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame in May, 2005, she was living in Portland, Ore., with husband Matt Farley, a 1990 Whitman graduate, and their two-year-old daughter, Katie. The couple is expecting a second child in December. Thompson continues to play on a city league soccer team and ski on a recreational basis. Matt Farley, a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland, ran cross country at Whitman, winning the 1989 Northwest Conference championship.

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