W&L's Barnds Awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

W&L's Barnds Awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Washington and Lee senior men’s swimming athlete Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) is one of 29 Division I, II and III athletes selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for participation in a winter sport.

Barnds' selection gives W&L 12 winners in the last eight years and 31 W&L athletes have been so honored since 1970.

"I am very appreciative of the coaches, training staff and team, who have helped foster an environment which is optimal for maximizing athletic efforts at Washington and Lee,” said Barnds.  “Further, the willingness of the professors to help students master challenging material makes it possible to take advantage of all the great opportunities W&L has to offer.  I am very grateful to have been selected for this scholarship."

A biology major, Barnds was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain as a senior.  A three-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honoree, he also earned First Team All-America honors as a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams at the 2008 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.  The 200 relay finished fourth overall, while the 400 relay was sixth overall. Additionally, Barnds was an Honorable Mention All-America honoree as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that placed 15th at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Barnds helped lead the Generals to a 38-10 record and a pair of eighth-place finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships over his four seasons.  He will graduate with three school records as a member of the 400 medley (3:26.29), 200 free (1:21.55) and 400 free (3:02.53) relay teams.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

Barnds plans to attend medical school and hopes to practice medicine in an athletic related field following his graduation from W&L this month.

Please visit the Washington and Lee NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship page for a complete listing of W&L’s scholarship winners over the years.  For the complete listing of 2010 NCAA Winter Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees, simply download the PDF.