EVANSTON, Ill. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recently announced its All-Academic Individual and Team Awards for the 2010-11 school year and both Washington and Lee swimming squads were recognized.
The W&L men were one of 60 Division III swimming and diving teams to be recognized for having a team grade-point average of 3.0 or better. The Generals tied for 17th with Amherst College with a 3.38-combined team GPA.
The women’s team was among 61 Division III squads honored, tying for 25th with five additional colleges with a combined team GPA of 3.42.
Macalester College was tops on the men’s side with a 3.59 team GPA, while Clark University was the top women’s team with a 3.67 team GPA. For the complete listing, visit here.
Individually, rising seniors Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville), and rising junior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) were all named to the Division III Scholar All-America squad based on qualifying for the NCAA Championship and achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, rising junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) collected Honorable Mention Scholar All-America accolades after recording an NCAA ‘B’ standard and attaining a grade point average of 3.5 or better. For Washnock, it was his third-consecutive selection to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Squad, while Stirling, Sykes and Marsh all collected postseason academic honors for the second-consecutive season.
A three-year letterwinner, Stirling accrued All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors for the third time in his career this past season while also qualifying for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. He led the Generals with all-conference honors in four events after finishing fifth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 100 free and helping the 200 free and 200 medley relays to third-place finishes at the conference meet. At the national championships, Stirling swam in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay.
Washnock earned All-BMC honors for the third-straight year and competed at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in the 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and 400 medley relay. Washnock earned all-conference accolades after finishing fourth in the 400 IM and second in the 200 back.
Sykes collected individual all-conference accolades after finishing fourth in the 50 free, while also earning honors as a part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Taking part in the NCAA Division III National Championships, Sykes swam in the 50 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay.
Marsh garnered All-BMC individual honors in the 100 back and 200 back after finishing fourth in both events.
The men concluded their season with an 8-4 overall record and a third-place finish at the BMC Championships. The women finished their season with an 8-3 overall record en route to earning their fourth-consecutive ODAC title and 21st in program history.