The swim teams confirmed their status as one of the top three programs in the Northwest Conference with another impressive performance at the conference finals. Amid a flurry of new school records, Katie Chapman '13 became the first Missionary swimmer to win all three of her individual races and earn women's Swimmer of the Meet honors. She met provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Division III national championships in two races, and she also swam on four of the five relay teams that set new school records.
Paul Chang '13 and Claire Collins '14 placed second in two events apiece, setting new school records in all four races. Chang was part of a relay team that placed second while breaking a school record. Collins contributed to new school records in two relays. Jamie Nusse '11 wrapped up a stellar swim career by placing third in two events and fourth in a third race; he also was part of the record-breaking relay team.
Kevin Dyer '13 and Keller Hawkins '14 also set new records (Dyer broke two marks). Whitman's Jenn Blomme was named NWC Women's Coach of the Year.
The College Swimming Coaches Association honors its Scholar All-America teams each year. The Missionary men posted a combined GPA of 3.55 on a 4.00 scale. Pomona-Pitzer and Emory University tied for second at 3.52.
"We are so proud of this accomplishment," Blomme said. "Considering the long hours swimmers put into their training and the rigorous academic demands of Whitman, it is no small feat for our large men's team to post the highest GPA in the country.
"Ultimately, this is beautiful evidence of what Division III, and more specifically Whitman athletics, are all about, which is the true scholar-athlete," she added. "On our team we take very seriously striving for success in and out of the water."
The women's swim team also earned Scholar All-America honors, placing 25th on an NCAA Division III list of 66 schools.
Women's Cross Country
The women's cross country team has earned All-Academic Team honors from the national coaches association. Kristen Ballinger '11 also earned individual academic honors. To be eligible, runners must have a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher and place in the top 35 at the regional championships. The team eligibility requirement is a combined GPA of 3.10 and a full team score at the regional championships. Ballinger placed 11th at the regional race last fall, leading her team to a fifth-place showing.
Jenele Peterson '12 was named to the All-NWC First Team. She was named a NWC Student-Athlete of the Week after scoring 49 points, handing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds in two games. Rebecca
Sexton '11 and Kelly Peterson '13 received Honorable Mention recognition on this year's All-NWC squad.
Brandon Shaw '12 was named to the All-NWC First Team. Josh Duckworth '14, who received Honorable Mention recognition, was named a NWC Student-Athlete of the Week after contributing 49 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists to two Whitman wins.
The U.S. Tennis Association and Intercollegiate Tennis Association named Whitman women's tennis Coach John Hein as its 2010 Pacific Northwest Region winner of their Campus and Community Outreach Award for his leadership role in promoting and organizing campus and community tennis programs.
Conor Holton-Burke '12 was named a NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for men's tennis after pacing Whitman to wins in its first conference matches of the season. The men's team is the three-time defending NWC champion.
— Dave Holden
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