Campbell and Washnock Earn Academic All-America Honors

TOWSON, Md. – The College Sports Information Directors Association announced its 2012 Capital One Division III Academic All-America At-Large teams on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had two athletes honored.

Senior wrestler Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was one of 15 athletes named to the first team, while senior swimmer Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) was among 15 athletes recognized on the second team.

Campbell was a Capital One Third Team Academic All-America honoree last season.  As a senior, he logged a 25-8 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season.  He placed third in the 133-pound weight class at the 2012 Centennial Conference championships and finished his stellar career ranked second all-time at W&L with 73 victories (73-34).

A politics and English double-major, Campbell also received Scholar All-America honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association and was a member of the Centennial Conference Winter Honor Roll this year.

Washnock was also a repeat selection, having garnered third team laurels last spring.  A religion and Spanish double-major, he recently received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the W&L William McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

In the pool, Washnock earned All-America honors five times over his career and holds the school records in the 200 backstroke (1:49.25), the 200 individual medley (1:53.91) and the 400 individual medley (4:00.03).  A four-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, he earned All-America honors twice this winter after finishing 12th in the backstroke and 14th in the 400 individual medley.  Washnock was a four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Campbell and Washnock’s selections to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 58 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.  The at-large team consists of male athletes from 12 different sports.

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