Nordic Skier Races to M. Borleske Trophy

News Release Date:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lindsay Records, a Nordic skier who placed second in the freestyle sprint earlier this year at the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championships, is the 2009 recipient of the Mignon Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top female athlete at Whitman College.

     Lindsay Records

The trophy, awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

In placing second in the sprint freestyle at the USCSA championships, Records sparked the Whitman women to first place in the team scoring and a national title. In other events at nationals, which were held in March in Winter Park, Colo., Records placed ninth in the 8.5-kilometer classic and 10th in the 15-kilometer freestyle.

The Missionary women capped their stay at nationals by placing second in the relay event and finishing second overall in the team scoring. Records came home from the week-long event with USCSA All-American honors in all four events.

Records, a senior captain, also served as a team captain as a junior, although she missed the racing season that year while studying off campus.

Nordic ski coach Calisa Schouweiler was thrilled to have Records back for her senior season. "It has been a great pleasure to coach Lindsay these past two seasons," Schouweiler says. "She was an incredible leader on and off the trails."

Whitman's strong showing at the recent USCSA championships came after its skiers honed their skills against world-class competition during the NCAA West Region's regular season. Several Division I schools, including the universities of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, typically dominate the NCAA races in the western U.S. In her three seasons of NCAA racing, Records placed as high as 28th in individual races that routinely featured numerous competitors from Norway, Sweden, Finland and other European countries.

                  Lindsay Records

In addition to Nordic skiing, Records ran for the varsity cross country team as a sophomore and competed for the club cycling team as a senior.

While at Whitman, Records volunteered at a Walla Walla elementary school and the local Daily Market Cooperative.

She was a member of Whitman's Snow Sports, Mountaineering, and Women in Outdoor Leadership clubs, serving as vice president of the latter group. She also hosted a campus radio show, crocheted and knitted 15 hats for a Whitman Direct Action silent auction, and won a Dynastar Choice Award for her entry in the 2008 Winter at Westminster Video Contest.

An economics major at Whitman, Records worked on campus for the Outdoor Program and Baker Ferguson Fitness Center. With funding from the Whitman Internship Fund, she worked last summer for the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund.

After graduating from Whitman this week, Records will begin an internship with the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo. She will lead various outdoor activities (canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, camping, etc.) for individuals with disabilities. 

Records is the daughter of Julie Zahniser & John Records of Boulder, Colo.

The Mignon Borleske Trophy honors a woman who first came to Whitman in 1915 as the young spouse of Raymond V. Borleske, a sports legend in the making. Her husband, who had starred as a football and baseball player at Whitman, was embarking at the time on a long coaching career at his alma mater.

Mignon Borleske taught dance and women's education classes at Whitman for nearly four decades.

For a complete listing of past Mignon Borleske Trophy winners, please click here.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.; (509) 527-5902