W&L SWIMMING GARNERS ACADEMIC HONORS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its 2005 Spring Academic All-America Teams on Wednesday and Washington and Lee was well represented. The women led the nation with a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.59, while the men totaled a 3.33 GPA to finish 12th in the nation.

The women finished tied with Macalester for top honors, while MIT was first among the men with a team GPA of 3.51. Additionally, senior Chris Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) garnered First Team Academic All-America honors, while junior Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) was named Honorable Mention Academic All-American.

Colby, who was named an Honorable Mention Academic All-American last season, finished the spring semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. In the pool, he received Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100-yard butterfly and earned First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors for the second straight season. Colby finished his career with school records in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard medley relay.

Barrineau was named to the honorable mention team after posting a 3.67 GPA in the spring semester. He also captured First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors for the second consecutive year. Barrineau posted the team's top times in the 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyle events and swam an NCAA "B" cut time in the 1650-yard freestyle.

The Washington and Lee men's team posted a 6-2 dual meet record and captured their second straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship. The W&L women's squad went 8-6 and claimed its 12th consecutive ODAC Championship.

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