FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2011 preseason women's swimming poll on Thursday afternoon and Washington and Lee was picked to finish atop the standings.
W&L received 64 points, including seven of the eight first-place votes. The Generals were followed by Randolph-Macon, who received the only other first-place vote and 57 points, Sweet Briar (50), Bridgewater (42), Greensboro (37), Hollins (25), Notre Dame of Md. (25), Guilford (15) and Emory & Henry (9).
The Generals return six First Team All-ODAC honorees from a season ago, including junior ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Delaney Rolfe (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), seniors Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) and Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York), juniors Krista Camp (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and Brittany Ross (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and sophomore Lauren Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md./Saint Paul's).
Last year, Rolfe garnered First Team All-ODAC honors for the second-consecutive season, in addition to her Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. Rolfe competed in the 500 free (5:14.58), 200 free (1:58.30) and 200 fly (2:13.27) at the conference championships in Christiansburg last year, finishing second in all three events. She also helped the 400 and 800 free relays to second-place finishes with times of and 3:38.41 and 8:06.89, respectively.
Competing at the conference meet last season, Cassada claimed event victories in the 100 back (59.71) and 200 back (2:09.33), while Fredericks finished second in both the 100 (1:07.94) and 200 breast (2:30.09), setting a school record in the 100 breast. Camp notched a second-place finish in the 400 IM (4:53.66) and Brittany Ross took first in the 100 fly (59.85) and 200 fly (2:12.20), and second in the 200 IM (2:15.93). Rounding out the first-team honorees was Kasoff, who finished first in the 200 IM (2:14.17) and second in the 100 fly (1:01.45).
W&L also welcomes back seven second team all-conference honorees in seniors Joanie Hudak (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet), Katie Salvati (Roselle Park, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) and Erin Schwartz (Laytonsville, Md./Stone Ridge), juniors Izzy Brassfield (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School), Stephanie Krasnov (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Kelly Mae Ross (Endicott, N.Y./Maine-Endwell), and sophomore Rebecca Lawrence (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga).
At the conference meet a season ago, Hudak took third in the 1650 free (18:22.58), Salvati touched in fourth in the 200 IM (2:18.35), and Schwartz notched a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast (1:12.07). Brassfield swam in three events, taking fourth in the 50 free (25.14) and fifth in the 100 free (55.49) and 200 free (2:00.73), while Krasnov swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (1:02.98) and Lawrence took fourth in the 100 free (55.28). Ross was recognized as the Bonnie Kestner Sportsmanship Award winner, while finishing fourth in the 1650 free (18:36.69), eighth in the 500 free (5:32.92) and ninth in the 200 free (2:01.97).
The Generals take to the pool for the first time this season on Saturday, hosting Centre College at noon.