June 5, 2006

W&L'S APPLEGATE NOMINATED FOR THE HONDA AWARD

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. -- Washington and Lee junior women’s tennis player Emily Applegate (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) is one of 12 nominees for the Honda Collegiate Women Sports Award presented to the Division III Female Athlete of the Year.

The nomination carries a $1,000 donation by American Honda Motor Co. to the University’s women’s athletic fund. Honda will also donate $5,000 to the school of the Division III Collegiate Woman of the Year recipient. The award winner will be announced at a press conference held on June 26 on the campus of Columbia University in New York, N.Y.

Applegate received her nomination for winning the NCAA Division III singles championship at the University of California-Santa Cruz on May 23. In the process, she became the second straight W&L women's tennis player to win the singles title, joining Lindsay Hagerman '05, who was nominated for last season's Honda Award.

Applegate posted a 33-3 singles record and a 26-7 doubles mark during the 2006 season. She earned First Team All-America honors in both singles and doubles and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year after winning the conference title at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles. She also won the ITA Southeast Region singles and doubles championships during the fall season and finished fourth in doubles and sixth in singles at the ITA National Championships.

Applegate is a two-year letterwinner at W&L after playing her freshman year at the University of Richmond. She has notched a 48-4 record in singles and a 43-10 mark in doubles during her two seasons with the Generals and has claimed All-America honors three times.

The 12 nominees for the Honda Award include: Applegate, Sarah Bulka of SUNY-Brockport (gymnastics), Lauren Dougher of The College of New Jersey (lacrosse), Aftan Fisher of Messiah (field hockey), Hailey Harren of Gustavus Adolphus (cross country), Robyn Jarokci of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (track & field), Courtney Kjar of Puget Sound (soccer), Lindsay Payne of Williams (swimming), Courtney Rose of Emory (volleyball), Michelle Schlichtig of Rutgers-Camden (softball), Megan Silva of Randolph-Macon (basketball) and Charlotte Williams of Methodist (golf).

The program is completing its' 30th-year and recognizes the top female collegiate athlete in each of the 12 sports. The Honda Award has been presented every year since 1987 to the top athlete in Divisions II and III. Last year’s Division III recipient was Wartburg College cross country athlete Missy Buttry.

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