LEXINGTON, Va. – Four Washington and Lee student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America All-District At-Large teams as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced on Thursday.
Junior women’s tennis player Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C. / Ashley Hall) and sophomore swimmer Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) were named to the Women’s Division III First Team for District V, while junior men’s lacrosse player Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. / Culver Academy) and sophomore men’s tennis player Michael Holt (Henrico, Va. / Mills Godwin) were tabbed to the Men’s Division III First Team for District V.
A mathematics major, Kirkland received the award for the first time in her career after helping lead the women’s tennis team to an 18-3 overall record, an ODAC title and a trip to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. She has compiled a 5-1 singles record and an 18-5 doubles mark this season. The 2013 winner of the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for women’s tennis, she will participate in the 2014 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship while partnering with junior Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va. / Flint Hill). The duo finished as the runner-up at the ITA Small College Championships in the fall after advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship as sophomores. She is a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time All-American in doubles.
Foster also received the honor for the first time after garnering the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for swimming this winter. The philosophy major helped lead the Generals to a 9-2 overall record and an ODAC Championship in 2014. She was named First Team All-ODAC for the second straight year after winning the 100 back and producing an ODAC record and NCAA “B” cut time of 57.76 at the ODAC Championships. She also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.38) and helped her team to a second straight win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.24), setting ODAC overall and meet records as well as an NCAA “B” Cut time.
Dabir was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s lacrosse after helping the Generals to an 11-6 overall record and a trip to the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament. A three-time All-ODAC honoree and the 2012 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he finished second on the team in scoring with 49 points on 24 goals and 25 assists. Through three seasons, the accounting and business administration major ranks 16th on the W&L all-time scoring list with 155 points.
A mathematics major, Holt was named to the academic all-district team after garnering the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for men’s tennis. A two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, he helped lead W&L to an 18-5 overall record, an ODAC title and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Individually, he has posted an 18-6 singles record and a 25-4 doubles mark, and he will compete in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship with junior Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) where the duo will look to earn All-America honors for the second straight year. Together, they advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 doubles championship. After just two years, Holt and Shamshiri already rank third all-time at W&L for career wins by a doubles team with a 49-10 record.
Kirkland, Foster, Dabir and Holt were among 24 male and female
athletes selected to the team from a grouping of 25 different
sports among Division III schools in Virginia, North Carolina, and
Georgia. The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-American program
states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a
starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on
a 4.0 scale.
With their First Team All-District selections, all four athletes will now go on the national ballot to be considered for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.