LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University has announced the 30th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony the weekend of October 13-14, 2017.
The 2017 class includes former lacrosse player Wiemi Douoguih ’92, former basketball and track & field athlete Megan Babst Lange ’02, former swimmer Mike Ginder ’07, former coach and athletics administrator Cinda Rankin, and the National Champion 2007 women’s tennis team.
The class will be formally inducted at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, October 13 and will be recognized at halftime of the Generals’ football game against Guilford on Saturday, October 14.
Wiemi Douoguih ’92 was a four-year letterwinner as an attackman for the men’s lacrosse team. He played in 47 games and finished his career ranked fourth all-time at W&L in career goals (101) and 12th in career points (143). He also notched 42 assists and 100 ground balls across his four seasons. Douoguih was among the team’s top scoring options across his first three seasons, but it was his senior season that was truly special. He led the team and was second in the ODAC in scoring that year with 76 points on 50 goals and 26 assists, en route to garnering First Team All-ODAC and ODAC Player of the Year accolades. The 1993 Team MVP, he also received Second Team All-America recognition and participated in the North-South game after helping lead the Generals to the ODAC title and a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Douoguih stills holds a share of the school record for goals in a game, totaling eight, along with one assist in an 18-3 win over VMI in the 1993 Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic.
Megan Babst Lange ’02 earned four letters as a center on the women’s basketball team and she was a two-year letterwinner in track & field. As a member of the basketball team, she played in 99 career games and finished with 1,265 points, 925 rebounds, 193 blocks, 131 assists and 119 steals. She graduated holding nine total school records, including shots blocked in a game (6), season (57) and career (193). Her point and rebound totals were both also ranked second all-time. Babst Lange was an Honorable Mention All-ODAC honoree as a sophomore and junior, and she was a Second Team All-ODAC selection as a senior when she averaged 19.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She scored a career-best 34 points in a game against Emory & Henry that year, adding VaSID Second Team All-State and D3Hoops.com Third Team All-South Region honors as well. She still holds the school record for rebounds in a game, grabbing 21 against Virginia Wesleyan during her sophomore season. Babst Lange joined the track & field team as a junior, winning the high jump at the 2001 ODAC Outdoor Championship with a leap of 5’0”. She placed fifth in the high jump at the ODAC Outdoor Championship as a senior, clearing a height of 4’10”.
Mike Ginder ’07 was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior while competing in swimming. Ginder earned an amazing 16 All-America citations during his W&L career, second-most of any athlete in school history. He received First Team All-America laurels a total of 10 times in six different events, and he was an honorable mention honoree six more times. Ginder qualified for the NCAA Championship all four years, twice finishing as the NCAA Division III runner-up in the 200-freestyle event. A four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and the BMC Co-Swimmer of the Year as a first-year and sophomore, he graduated holding school records in the 200 free (1:39.17), 100 back (50.77) and 200 back (1:49.82) and he competed on the record-holding 200 medley relay (1:33.36), 400 medley relay (3:26.85), 200 free relay (1:21.64), 400 free relay (3:03.80) and 800 free relay (6:44.50) teams. The Generals finished no lower than 21st at the NCAA Division III Championship during Ginder’s four seasons, including a program-best eighth-place finish during his senior season. He earned the W&L Outstanding First-Year Male Athlete Award in 2004 and was presented the Pres Brown Most Valuable Senior Male Athlete Award in 2007. After graduation, Ginder spent three seasons as an assistant swimming coach at W&L (2007-10), helping lead the W&L women to three ODAC titles and helping guide the men to an eighth-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Cinda Rankin was hired in the spring of 1985 as W&L's first female athletic staff member and was charged with coordinating the University's women's athletic programs in tandem with the University's decision to co-educate in the fall of 1985. Rankin was responsible for recruiting the University's first female athletes and helped shape W&L's women's sports program until her retirement in 2007. Rankin added responsibilities as women's tennis coach in 1989, serving as co-head coach, before taking over the reins herself in 1990. During her 19 seasons, Rankin led the program to new heights, posting a 383-57 (.871) record and winning 17 ODAC Championships. She was named the ODAC Coach of the Year 11 times and guided the Generals to 15 NCAA Tournaments, including 14 in a row from 1994-2007. A three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Coach of the Year honoree, Rankin led W&L to the NCAA Semifinals each of her final six seasons and her teams played in the NCAA Championship match five times before winning the school's second national title (and first by a women's sport) in 2007.
The 2007 Women’s Tennis Team finished the season with a 25-1 overall record and won the NCAA Division III National Championship with a 5-2 victory over Amherst College in the title match. It was just the second NCAA National Championship in school history and the first by a women’s sport. W&L went 9-0 in the ODAC and claimed the league title that season with a 9-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in the championship match. The team’s only loss was a 5-4 setback to fifth-ranked Williams in late March, which they later avenged with a 5-0 win over the Ephs in the NCAA Semifinals. The Generals defeated 11 teams ranked in the Division III Top 25 during the season, and had wins over Division I James Madison (5-4) and ninth-ranked Emory (6-3), avenging their loss to the Eagles in the 1996 NCAA title match. Katie Kingsbury Gritter ’07 and Ginny Wortham ’07 were both named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, with Kingsbury also claiming the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship, the highest academic honor granted by the NCAA. Wortham also collected the Marjorie Berkley Award for the top scholar-athlete in the ODAC, while Cinda Rankin was named the Wilson/ITA Division III National Coach of the Year. Emily Applegate ’07 earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles, and Kristen McClung Payne ’07 was an All-America honoree in doubles. Applegate finished as the National runner-up in singles.