LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University is set to induct 49 members into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at a convocation on March 14. Among the inductees are 13 student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the classroom and on the playing fields.
Among those being inducted are senior soccer players Ainsley Daigle (Lafayette, La. / Episcopal School of Acadiana) and Hannah Sackfield (Louisville, Ky. / DuPont Manual), senior track & field athlete Paige Gance (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton), senior swimmers Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del. / Salesianum School), Delaney Rolfe (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park), Kelly Mae Ross (Endicott, N.Y. / Maine-Endwell) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass. / Wellesley), senior football player Sasha Vandalov (Vienna, Va. / James Madison), junior cross country and track & field athletes Katie Driest (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg) and Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb. / Norris), junior track & field athlete Julia Murray (Bridgewater, N.J. / Bridgewater-Raritan), junior swimmer Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C. / Asheville Christian Academy) and junior golfer Jake Struebing (Amherst, N.Y. / Amherst Central).
Daigle and Sackfield helped lead the women’s soccer team to a 14-3-1 season this fall, with Daigle posting second team all-conference honors.
Gance, Driest, Madison and Murray all helped the women’s track & field team to a second-place finish at the ODAC Indoor Championship in February, with Madison claiming Second Team All-ODAC laurels. Additionally, Driest and Madison helped lead the women’s cross country team to the ODAC title this fall as Madison earned Second Team All-ODAC recognition.
Marsh, Sykes and Shuman helped the men’s swimming team finish with an 8-2 overall record, with Marsh and Sykes set to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships next week.
Rolfe and Ross both swam their way to all-conference honors as the women’s swimming team finished 10-3 overall and won its sixth straight ODAC title.
Vandalov rushed for 614 yards and nine touchdowns this fall as the football team won its second ODAC crown in three seasons, while Struebing has averaged 82.9 strokes per round as the golf team heads towards the conference tournament in April.
Phi Beta Kappa has 280 chapters across the United States and aims to promote and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and induct the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at American colleges and universities. Founded at The College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776, as the first collegiate Greek-letter fraternity, it is also the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences and among the oldest undergraduate societies in the United States.