Three Generals Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Laurels

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Three Washington and Lee student-athletes have been selected to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America All-District At-Large teams as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday.

Senior tennis player Hayden White (Baltimore, Md. / Towson), senior swimmer and track & field athlete Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del. / Salesianum School) and senior swimmer Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass. / Wellesley) all received first team honors.  For White, it was his second such honor in successive years.

A four-year letterwinner, White has posted a 22-8 singles record and a 21-8 doubles mark during the 2012-13 year, while playing the team’s top singles position and No. 2 doubles.  He was named First Team All-ODAC in singles and doubles for the fourth straight year, and he earned the ODAC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.  A two-time All-American, he was also selected to participate in the NCAA Division III Singles Championship for the fourth straight year.  He finished his career with a 71-28 doubles record and he will carry an 80-32 singles record into the national championships held May 23-25.  His 80 singles wins are tied for third in program history.  He will graduate next week with a degree in accounting.

Marsh earned the honor for the first time on the heels of receiving the school’s William D. McHenry Male Scholar-Athlete Award at the Athletic Department Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.  He earned a combined seven letters, four of which were with the swimming team and he served as a team captain for his senior campaign. 

In the pool, he earned All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors as a sophomore and senior, and he was a four-time All-America honoree.  Marsh received Honorable Mention All-America honors with the 200 and 400 medley relay teams as a junior and as a senior.  He is also a four-time member of the Scholar All-America swimming team.  Marsh holds the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.63, and he is also a member of the record-setting 200 (1:31.82) and 400 (3:24.20) medley relay teams.  In track & field, he earned Second Team All-ODAC honors this spring when he finished second in the 800 meters at the ODAC Track & Field Championships.  Marsh will graduate with degrees in politics and religion.

Sykes also received the academic all-district honor for the first time after earning four letters with the swimming team.  A four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, he earned All-America honors a total of seven times, including garnering first team honors in the 50 freestyle as a senior when he finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships.  His 50 free time of 19.96 is the second-fastest in school history, while he is also part of the record-holding 200 (1:31.82) and 400 (3:24.20) medley relay teams.  Sykes will graduate with a degree in neuroscience.

White, Marsh and Sykes were among 12 athletes selected to the team from a grouping of 25 different sports among Division III schools in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. The criteria for the CoSIDA 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.
 
With their First Team All-District selections, all three athletes will now go on the national ballot to be considered for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

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