Marsh and Sykes Named Academic All-Americans

Marsh and Sykes Named Academic All-Americans

TOWSON, Md. – The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) announced its 2013 Capital One Division III Academic All-America At-Large teams on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had two athletes honored.

Seniors Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del. / Salesianum School) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass. / Wellesley) were both selected, Marsh as a second team honoree and Sykes as a third-teamer.

Marsh earned the honor on the heels of receiving the school's William D. McHenry Male Scholar-Athlete Award at the Athletic Department Awards Ceremony.  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.  Three were with the track & field team.

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 graduated with degrees in politics and religion.

Sykes also participated on the swimming team, earning four letters and serving as a team captain for his senior campaign.  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 graduated in May with a degree in neuroscience.

Marsh and Sykes' selections to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 63 student-athletes honored since 1970.  The criteria for the 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.  The at-large team consists of male athletes from 12 different sports.

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