Whitman athletics enjoys “best year ever”
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Etienne Moshevich and the men's tennis team led Whitman to third place in the adjusted scoring for the Northwest Conference all-sports trophy.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — For the varsity athletic teams at Whitman College, the 2010-11 academic year will be remembered as the best of times.
Final point totals for the Northwest Conference All-Sports trophy, when adjusted to the 14 sports in which Whitman competes, shows Whitman placing third – just a scant two points out of second place.
The all-sports trophy goes each year to the school that scores the most total points in the 18 varsity sports sponsored by the NWC.
The raw data shows Whitman placing sixth – just four points out of fourth – despite the fact it does not compete in football, softball, and men's and women's track and field.
Recalculate each school's point total based on the 14 sports sponsored by Whitman, however, and the Missionaries place third with 161 points, just two points behind second-place Puget Sound.
Whitworth is first in the 'adjusted' standings with 208 points. Trailing Puget Sound and Whitman are Linfield 156, Pacific Lutheran 122, Pacific 118, Lewis and Clark 114, George Fox 107, and Willamette 103.
"I believe this is the best season we have ever had, across all sports, since Whitman moved to NCAA Division III in the late 1990s," Whitman athletics director Dean Snider says.
"I also think it is no coincidence that our steady progress up the NWC rankings has taken place since the W Club established itself five years ago."
The W Club, a group of alumni, parents and friends of the college, is committed to helping Whitman – one of the top liberal arts and sciences colleges in the nation – pursue excellence in athletics as well as academics.
"The W Club's financial assistance, moral support, energy and enthusiasm has given our coaches and student athletes a tremendous boost as we work toward the same level of excellence in athletics that Whitman has long maintained in the classroom," Snider says.
"We cannot overstate how much the W Club has helped or the degree to which we are grateful."
Starting in 2008 and 2007 when it finished with 129 and 126 points in the scoring for the all-sports trophy, Whitman jumped to 143 points in 2009 and 146 in 2010. This year's 161 point total was a 15-point jump.
Men's tennis led the way for Whitman this past year, winning its fourth consecutive NWC title to collect 18 points.
Men's soccer finished second for the second in three seasons, women's golf had its best season ever in placing second, and men's basketball made a big leap into a second-place tie.
Women's tennis and men's swimming finished third while women's swimming missed a third-place showing by a single point at conference meet in which hundreds of points were scored.
Other Whitman teams placing fourth were women's cross and women's basketball.
Other than Whitman, the only other schools not competing in all 18 NWC sports are George Fox and Lewis and Clark.
George Fox does not compete in football and men's and women's swimming. Lewis and Clark does not have a men's soccer program and it did not field a women's golf team this year.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.