SPOKANE, Wash. – A national champion and two long-time record-holders comprise the newest class of Whitworth University’s athletic Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.
Serena Fadel, Warren Lashua and John Rasmussen will become the 26th class inducted into the Heritage Gallery on October 3, 2015.
The class includes two national-level swimmers and a football and track star. The induction will take place at 9:00 am in the HUB Multi-purpose room. The ceremony includes a breakfast and reservations can be made by calling 509-777-3224. The cost is $15 per individual.
Serena (Fadel) Wang is one of the best all-around swimmers in Whitworth and Northwest Conference history. She was an eight-time individual conference champion and a seven-time individual NCAA Division III All-American (top 8 finish) during her Pirate career. Her highest individual finish at the NCAA Division III Championships came during her junior season in 2004, when she took third place in the 400-yard individual medley. Her time of 4:30.60 still stands as the all-time record in the Northwest Conference. Wang was also a two-time Academic All-American, earning Third Team honors in 2004 and First Team designation in 2005.
Warren Lashua was a two-sport standout at Whitworth. He was a First Team All-Evergreen Conference selection and honorable mention All-American in football as a senior in 1959. He led the league in interceptions with 11, setting a conference record and a school record that still stands. He also led the EVCO in punting. In track and field Lashua was a national-caliber shot putter, finishing as the NAIA national runner-up during his junior season in 1959 and earning a pair of Evergreen Conference championships.
John Rasmussen was the NAIA national champion in the 200-yard breaststroke as a senior in 1997. Over the course of his career he was a six-time NAIA All-American (top-8 finish) in the breaststroke events and an honorable mention All-American twice. His points in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events helped the Pirate men’s team finish as NAIA runners-up in 1996 and in third place in 1997.
The class of 2015 will join a group of 84 individuals and eight teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The current class, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth – George Fox football game that afternoon.
The Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Crimson Club and the first class was inducted in 1990.