W&L Swimming Teams Honored by the CSCAA for Academics

W&L Swimming Teams Honored by the CSCAA for Academics

EVANSTON, Ill. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recently announced its All-Academic Individual and Team Awards for the 2009-10 school year and both Washington and Lee swimming squads were officially recognized.

The W&L men were one of 80 Division III swimming and diving teams to be recognized for having a team GPA of 3.0 or better.  Washington and Lee ranked sixth among Division III programs with a 3.46 combined team GPA.

The Generals’ women’s team was among 118 Division III squads honored and was tied for 37th overall with a 3.40 combined team GPA.

Individually, seniors Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) and Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy), sophomores Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and first-years Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) were all named to the 165-member Division III All-Academic squad for qualifying for the NCAA Championship and achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.  For Barnds and Washnock, it was their second-straight selection to the CSCAA All-Academic squad.

A recipient of a 2010 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 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.  The biology major graduated 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.

Talluri was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain as a senior.  A 2009 First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, he participated in the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships in the 50 free and as a member of the 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams.  He earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades as a member of the 400 free relay team that finished 15th with a time of 3:04.00 at the NCAA DIII.

Stirling was named to the all-conference squad for the second time in two seasons in 2010.  He garnered the award for the 100 free and 100 fly events. He finished third at the conference championships in the 100 fly (50.36) and also claimed one event victory on the season, never finishing lower than fifth place while swimming the event on six occasions. Stirling took fifth place in the 100 free with a time of 46.40 at the conference meet. He swam the event six times, capturing a Top 10 finish in each outing.

Washnock earned First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors for the second-straight year and competed at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back events.  He received Honorable Mention All-America laurels after placing 14th in the 200 back (1:50.72).  The Spanish major also received Honorable Mention All-America honors in both the 200 back and 400 IM as a first-year.

Marsh and Sykes both had outstanding rookie campaigns in the pool and helped the Generals to a Top 20 Division III National Ranking and an 8-4 overall record.

The Washington and Lee women completed the 2009-10 season with a 6-5 overall record and claimed their third-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference title.