LEXINGTON, Va. – The 2016-17 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State team was announced on Thursday and six Washington and Lee student-athletes were honored among the 217 student-athletes from 37 colleges and universities across the state.
Among those recognized from Washington and Lee were recent graduates Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga. / Marietta) of the tennis team, Lizzy Stanton (Papillion, Neb. / Papillion-LaVista South) of the track & field team and Conley Hurst (Little Rock, Ark. / Episcopal) of the golf team. Also honored were rising seniors Luke Farley (Durham, N.C. / Trinity School), also from the golf team, football player Max Garrett (Fairfield, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) and swimmer Tommy Thetford (Birmingham, Ala. / The Altamont).
Donnelly graduated with a degree in accounting and business administration this spring. She was one of five W&L students named valedictorian after a tennis career that saw her earn three All-America citations. A two-time recipient of the Elite 90 Award, which recognizes the top GPA of any player at the National Championship site, she was a four-time All-ODAC honoree and the 2017 ODAC Player of the Year.
Donnelly completed her career ranked seventh all-time at W&L with 87 singles wins (87-18) and eighth in career doubles victories (88-21). She was a two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American and she received the 2017 Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Stanton graduated with degrees in economics and German following a stellar career as a pole vaulter with the track & field team. She claimed six ODAC titles in the event, while finishing as the runner-up on two occasions. In 2017, she won the event at both the Indoor and Outdoor ODAC Championships.
Stanton holds the school record in the indoor pole vault at 3.55m (11'7.75") and the outdoor pole vault at 3.63m (11'10.75"). She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this spring.
Hurst graduated with a degree in history and was a stand-out golfer for the Generals. He was a four-time All-ODAC honoree, who twice received the ODAC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He notched a 75.74 career scoring average and was a two-time Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar.
Hurst earned PING Honorable Mention All-America honors after receiving the ODAC and VaSID Rookie of the Year Awards in 2014.
Farley is a mathematics major and a three-time All-ODAC honoree for his exploits on the golf course. He earned the Elite 90 Award for men’s golf as a sophomore and was a PING Honorable Mention All-American in 2016 as well.
Farley finished third overall at the 2017 ODAC Championship and he earned the ODAC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, en route to garnering CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America laurels. He will enter his senior season with a 75.58 career scoring average across 59 rounds played.
An accounting and business administration major, Garrett is a two-time First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State selection as a linebacker on the football team. He earned the ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award last fall after leading the league with 109 total tackles.
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Garrett will enter his senior season with 267 career tackles in 31 games played. He is a 2017 Preseason Second Team All-America selection by Lindy's Sports College Football Preview Magazine.
Thetford is majoring in mathematics and is a five-time All-America awardee in the pool. A three-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he earned the ODAC Men’s Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award this winter and he has twice been named a CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American.
Thetford won the NCAA Division III National Championship in the 100 free and 200 free as a sophomore and he holds three individual school records (50 free – 19.65; 100 free – 34.41; 200 free – 1:36.87), while also swimming on the record-holding 400 medley relay team (3:23.90).
To be eligible for the VaSID Academic All-State team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average, and be a sophomore or higher.
Washington and Lee athletics had another fine athletics season during the 2016-17 school year. The Generals captured 10 ODAC championships and posted a 214-104-3 (.671) overall record. W&L also claimed the Dan Wooldridge Overall Sports Champion Cup for the 15th year in a row, while W&L student-athletes claimed 17 All-America citations.