Five Student-Athletes to be Inducted into ODK

Five Student-Athletes to be Inducted into ODK

LEXINGTON, Va. – Several student-athletes will be among those inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at Washington and Lee University's Founders Day-Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Jan. 19 at 5:00 pm at the Wilson Concert Hall in the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

A total of 23 undergraduates, nine law students and four honorary initiates will gain membership in the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff and administrators founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee.

Among the student-athletes that will be honored this year are senior swimmer Mary Gabe (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead), senior cross country and track & field runner Casey Mackintosh (Marietta, Ga. / George Walton), senior soccer player Katherine Rush (Cornelius, N.C. / Providence Day School), senior football player Brandon Taylor (Petersburg, Va. / Dinwiddie) and junior swimmer Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell).

Gabe is a three-year letterwinner for the swimming team and a captain this season.  A mathematics and economics double-major, she is a two-time Second Team All-ODAC honoree in the pool.  She is president of Pi Mu Epsilon (the Mathematics Honor Society) and a member of Phi Eta Sigma. She is also a member of the Campus Ministry Team at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and she serves as executive director of Washington and Lee Student Consulting.

Mackintosh is a three-year letterwinner in cross country and thus far has earned two in track & field.  She serves as a captain for both teams this year and she also played tennis as a first-year.  In cross country, she twice earned First Team All-ODAC honors and received Second Team laurels once.  In track & field, she won the ODAC title in the 10,000 meters (18:42.53) as a sophomore.  The business administration major is a Panhellenic delegate, and she has served as both the executive vice president and president of the Venture Club.

Rush was a three-year starter at forward for the women’s soccer team, serving as a captain for her senior season.  She finished with 30 goals and nine assists and earned First Team All-ODAC honors her first two seasons.  The mathematics major is a LAUNCH mentor, is a head of the Promise Committee and is active in the Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society.

Taylor was a four-year letterwinner as a safety on the football team, serving as a team captain for his senior season.  He earned Third Team All-ODAC honors this fall and he finished his career with 157 tackles and three interceptions.  A computer science and physics-engineering major, he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and a graduate of the Generals Leadership Academy.  Taylor serves as vice-president of internal affairs of the Russian Club, and is the co-editor of the Journal of Slavic Studies.

Swabb is a psychology major and a two-year letterwinner for the swimming team.  She is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and was the 2013 ODAC Rookie of the Year.  She is a member of the record-setting 400-yard medley relay (3:56.17) and 200-yard medley relay (1:37.15) teams.  A member of Phi Eta Sigma, Swabb is a Panhellenic Scholarship recipient and co-president of SPEAK. She serves as an Outing Club Appalachian Adventure trip leader. She is a Campus Kitchen volunteer leader and chair of 24 Publications.

Admission is free and the public is invited. The program also will be streamed live online at http://new.livestream.com/wlu/founders-odk-2015.

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