Karl E. (Skip) Rohnke won a total of 12 varsity letters at Washington and Lee in track and field, soccer, and swimming. He served as captain of each team at different times during his four years at W&L.
In track and field, he received the Forest Fletcher Trophy for the most points scored during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also won the Pres Brown Trophy for most valuable athlete and the Wink Glasgow Award for spirit and sportsmanship in his senior year. As a junior, Rohnke broke his own school record in the javelin at the Penn Relays (200-10 1/2), and the following year his throw of 211-3 1/2 set a school record that still stands.
In swimming, Skip was the Southern League champion in the 50-yard freestyle and conference champion in the 400-yard medley. He was awarded the Memorial Swimming Trophy in 1958, the same year he broke the school record in the 100-yard freestlye. In soccer, Skip was a member of the first annual VISA Tournament team and was named to the All-South team as a right fullback. During his years at W&L, his teams compiled the following records: 19-8 in track field; 24-14-3 in soccer; and 27-4 in swimming.