Spika Earns Academic All-District Honors
Friday, May 30, 2008
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Devon Spika, a Whitman College sophomore and the only Nordic skier from the western U.S. to qualify for the NCAA national championships the past two years, has been voted to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District At-Large team.
Spika is one 11 student athletes named to the women's At-Large Team in the College Division of District VIII. The district includes all NCAA Div. II/Div. III and NAIA schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.
The At-Large teams represent student athletes in a variety of sports, including golf, skiing, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, lacrosse and tennis.
Players on All-District At-Large teams from around the nation are now eligible for election to the Academic All-America teams. That voting takes place in early June. The College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) administers the Academic All-America program, which is in its 57th year and has honored more than 14,000 students at all levels for all recognized NCAA sports.
Spika, who is majoring in economics at Whitman, was named to the women's All-District team in her first year of eligibility. She finished ninth in the freestyle at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association's West Region championships in late February, after having placed as high as seventh in freestyle races during the regular season.
Competing in March against an international field at the NCAA Skiing Championships (Divisions I, II, III), she placed 33rd in both the freestyle and classic races.
A graduate of Denmark's Copenhagen International School, Spika is the daughter of Drs. Deberah Davis and John Spika of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Dave Holden, Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA