A shining example of athletic and academic excellence, Michael (Mike) P. Bernot, '82 is the standard by which Washington and Lee swimming student-athletes are measured.
Bernot was an All-American in the pool and graduated in the top ten of his class as a chemistry major. Bernot was a first-team All-American in 1980, 1981 and 1982 and finished as the national runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle at the 1982 NCAA Division III championships which were hosted by W&L. Bernot was a four-year national qualifier and graduated with five school records.
The three-year captain was the first Division III swimmer to ever break 46 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and his time of 45.85 seconds in that event remains the school record.
Bernot also excelled as a member of the Generals' water polo team. He was a four-year letter-winner and earned first-team all-league honors in 1981 when he served as captain of a team that won a school-record 31 games.
Perhaps even more impressive were his accomplishments in the classroom. Bernot was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa and was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1982. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Virginia.