WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Athletic records are made to be broken, as the old saying tells us, but Whitman's Dan Rough held his NAIA Div. II national free throw record for almost a dozen years.

      Dan Rough

Rough, a 6-foot-1 guard during his playing days at Whitman, made 60 consecutive free throws over the course of 36 games that spanned his sophomore and junior seasons. 

Rough's record string of  consecutive made throws, which ended when he missed  from the line on Jan. 31, 1997, was broken in late November by Tyler Shively, a 6-foot-1 sophomore at Indiana's Huntington University.

      Tyler Shively

Shively ran the new record to 70 straight free throws before he missed in a game last Saturday. His record spanned 20 games after beginning midway through last season on Jan. 2, 2008.

Rough's free throw record, which was noted on the pages of both Sports Illustrated and the USA Today newspaper, was set as Whitman was in the process of switching its national affiliation from NAIA Div. II to NCAA Div. III.

Rough, a graduate of Port Townsend (Wash.) High School, made an immediate impact as a Whitman freshman, when he made 68 of 134 3-point attempts (50.7 percent) to lead NAIA Div. II in 3-point accuracy. He capped his freshman season by making 10 3-point baskets in a game, which still stands as Whitman's single-game record for 3-pointers.

As a sophomore, Rough set a new single-season record for 3-point baskets with 90. That record was broken two seasons ago when Chris Faidley, now a senior, made 91 treys during his sophomore campaign.

Rough still holds Whitman's career record for 3-pointers (318) and he ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,639 points. After becoming a starter midway through his freshman season, he led Whitman in scoring in each of his final three seasons. He earned All-NWC Second Team honors as a junior and senior, after getting Honorable Mention recognition as a sophomore.

Rough, a mathematics major who graduated in May of 1998, completed a master of business administration degree at the University of Iowa. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and works for Delta Airlines.

His spouse Bonnie Yocum Rough, an English major and 2000 Whitman graduate, competed a master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa. She has been published in several journals, is writing a book, and teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The couple has an 18-month-old daughter Josie.

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