LEXINGTON, Va. –The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced its Capital One Academic All-America men’s at-large teams, and Washington and Lee juniors Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) were both honored.
Campbell and Washnock both received third team accolades, the first Academic All-America honor for both. They both were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in the District III College Division earlier this year.
A politics and English double major, Campbell has been recognized as a W&L Scholar-Athlete for three years while also collecting Division III Scholar All-America honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association as a sophomore. A two-year captain on the wrestling team, he went 15-9 at 141 pounds last season, recording four falls and 53 takedowns.
Washnock, a religion and Spanish double major, was selected to the Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the District III College Division a year ago. Additionally, he has been named a W&L Scholar-Athlete in each of his three seasons with the Generals. During his junior campaign, Washnock made his third trip to NCAA Championships, participating in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back, while earning All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors in the 400 IM and 200 back. He is a two-time All-American in the 200 back, and currently owns W&L school records in the 200 back (1:49.25) and 400 IM (4:01.60).
The two join 88 additional honorees from across the country on the first, second and third teams. Stanford’s Nick Amuchastegui was named the University Division Player of the Year, while Olivet College’s Kellen Beckwith was tabbed as the College Division Player of the Year.
Campbell and Washnock’s selections to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 55 student-athletes honored since 1975. The criteria for the 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.