Big Splash: Swim Coaches Association
Showers Chapman With Academic Honors

News Release Date:
Friday, July 29, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College sophomore Katie Chapman has received Honorable Mention Scholar All America recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The Whitman women's and men's swim squads also earned Team Scholar All America awards from the CSCAA for the 2011 spring semester.

Katie Chapman

Chapman is the second Whitman swimmer to net individual academic honors in recent years. As a senior in 2009, Noel Sollom-Brotherton received the same award from the CSCAA.

Honorable Mention honors go to swimmers who maintain grade point averages (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while posting provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Division III national championships.

Swimmers with the best provisional times are invited to nationals to fill any available spots not taken by swimmers who posted automatic qualifying times in the various events.

Chapman clocked provisional times in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events at February's Northwest Conference Championships. At it turned out, her times were not quite fast enough to land Chapman a spot at the national meet in March.

Her performance at the conference championships, however, was one for the Whitman record books. She won both butterfly races, setting a new Whitman record at the shorter distance and just missing a new school standard in the longer event.

She also won the 200-yard individual medley at the NWC meet, setting a new school record while just missing a national provisional time.

Chapman is the first Whitman swimmer to win three individual races at the conference championships. She also helped Whitman shatter school records in four relay events and became the first Missionary swimmer to earn Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet honors at the championships.

"I'm so happy for Katie," Whitman coach Jenn Blomme said.

Brian Wakefield
Nate Wells

"She is so talented in so many areas of her life, and watching her succeed at such a high level, both academically and athletically, is what it's all about. It epitomizes some of the highest ideals of our program and Whitman athletics in general.

"I hope Katie is really celebrated for this honor."

Chapman, who is majoring in geology at Whitman, is a graduate of Inglemoor High School in Redmond, Wash.

As a prelude to future work in environmental analysis, Chapman is considering a change to geology-biology as a combined major. She devotes most of her non-major class schedule to art and music courses, and she enjoys anything related to sculpture, especially metal working.

The Whitman men's and women's squads retained their CSCAA status as Scholar All America Teams by posting combined spring-semester GPAs of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The Whitman men's team, which led all of NCAA DIII with a 3.55 GPA for the 2010 fall semester, dropped just a fraction to 3.49. That still ranks as the fifth-best team GPA in the nation.

Ali Schlueter
Helen Jenne

A total of 15 Whitman men, led by graduating seniors Brian Wakefield, Nate Wells, Nick Wood, Jamie Nusse and Chad Trexler, finished the academic year with individual cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Other Whitman men in that group are juniors Mitchell Lee, Matthew Liedtke, Chris Bendix and Ian Williams, sophomores Kevin Dyer, Tyler Hurlburt, Andrew Roehrig and Adam Brayton, and freshmen Elliott Crane and Shunei Asao.

The Missionary women's team notched a 3.38 GPA for the spring semester, up from 3.35 last fall.

Whitman women who finished the school year with individual cumulative GPAs above 3.5, in addition to Chapman, are senior Ali Schlueter, sophomores Helen Jenne, Libby Arnosti and Erin Kiskaddon, and first-year swimmers Claire Collins and Keller Hawkins.

Earlier this spring, when the Whitman athletics department honored the five varsity athletes with the highest cumulative GPAs at that point in time, four were swimmers -- Jenne, Wakefield, Wells and Dyer. The fifth (and highest) GPA was posted by tennis player Conor Holton-Burke.

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

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