February 10, 2014

17 Generals Earn All-Conference Accolades

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference swimming teams on Monday afternoon and Washington and Lee was well-represented after claiming its seventh consecutive league title.

Sophomore Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) garnered ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete accolades from the league's sports information directors. A Philosophy and French double-major, Foster is a three-time W&L Scholar-Athlete, as well as a Dean's List and President's List honoree. She set the ODAC overall record and provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in the prelims (57.76) of the 100 back and then went on to win that event at the ODAC Championships. She also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.38) and helped her team to a second straight win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.24), setting ODAC overall and meet records as well as an NCAA B Cut time and was named first-team all-conference in the process.

The Generals led the conference with nine first team selections. Foster was joined on the first-team by seniors Meredith Hardy (Cary, N.C. / Athens Drive) and Lauren Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md. / Saint Paul's), juniors Sydney Gay (Henrico, Va. / Henrico) and Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio / Elyria Catholic), sophomore Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell), and first-years Elisabeth Holmes (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton), Jillian Leigh (Old Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich), and Emily Rollo (Haddonfield, N.J. / Haddonfield Memorial).

Junior Mary Gabe (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead) earned second team honors and was joined by sophomores Sarah Schaffer (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton Warrenville South) and Meredith Murphy (Hillsboro, Calif. / Saint Ignatius College Prep), and first-years Rachel Baker (Winston Salem, N.C. / Forsyth Country Day), Natalie Brendsel (Oakton, Va. / Flint Hill), Monica Flocken (Solon, Ohio / Gilmour Academy) and Haylee Rademann (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis). Sophomore Liz Platt (DuBois, Pa. / Dubois Area) earned third team honors.

Kasoff earned first team honors via finishing second in the 200 fly (2:10.25) and second in the 400 IM in a school-record and NCAA B Cut time of 4:36.07, while Hardy placed first in the 100 free (52.95) and 200 free (1:54.28).

Last year's Swimmer of the Year, Hamp helped the Generals set a school, ODAC and meet record in winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.24. Individually, she also won the 100 fly with a school-record time of 57.64, which was also good for an NCAA B Cut time, while Gay was named to the first team after placing second in the 1650 free (18:12.65).

Swabb garnered first-team honors after setting three school records at ODACs. She won the 200 IM with an ODAC and meet record time of 2:09.28 and finished second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:29.43.

Holmes won the 500 free (5:08.49) in ODAC Championship meet record fashion and the 1650 free (17:50.36) to garner first team recognition, and Leigh earned first team laurels in her rookie campaign following a second-place finish (2:29.47) in the 200 breast. Rollo landed on the first team when she won the 100 back with a time of 1:00.26.

Gabe earned second team recognition by finishing fourth in the 200 breast (2:35.13, while Schaffer finished third in the 100 breast (1:08.49). Murphy placed fourth in the 200 fly (2:14.47), the 100 free (53.88) and the 200 free (57.45).

Baker was named to the second team after she placed fourth in the 100 fly (1:00.34), while Brendsel finished fourth in the 200 free (1:57.31). Classmates Flocken and Rademann were second team honorees after placing third in the 500 free (5:20.06) and the 200 fly (2:11.46), respectively.

Platt was a third team honoree based on a sixth-place finish in the 500 free (5:2583) at the conference championship. 

Washington and Lee totaled 953 team points to claim its 24th conference championship in the program's 29 seasons of varsity competition.

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