AUSTIN, Texas — The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) announced its 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee had three athletes receive recognition.
Senior men’s swimmer Tommy Thetford (Birmingham, Ala./The Altamont) garnered a spot on the first team, senior men’s golfer Luke Farley (Durham, N.C./Trinity School) earned second team laurels and junior women’s lacrosse attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif./Hotchkiss) made the third team.
A mathematics major, Thetford earned a total of 10 All-America citations in men’s swimming, including six First Team All-America laurels, and is one of just two athletes in school history to have claimed two individual National Championships. He received the Pres Brown Senior Male Athlete Award for the most outstanding male athlete at W&L earlier this spring.
Thetford currently holds the school record in the 50 free (19.65), 100 free (43.41) and 200 free (1:36.87), and he is a member of the school record-holding 400 medley relay (3:23.90), 400 free relay (3:01.77) and 800 free relay (6:41.18) teams.
Thetford is a 23-time ODAC champion (10 individual, 13 relays), a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, a two-time ODAC Swimmer of the Meet and a two-time ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Men's Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also named the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2015.
A two-time CSCAA First Team Scholar All-America selection, he claimed CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, he won the NCAA Division III Championship in the 100 free (43.41) and the 200 free (1:36.87) and was second in the 50 free (19.65).
Thetford competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle, finishing in a tie for 66th out of 165 competitors with a time of 23.20.
Farley, a mathematics major, played 79 rounds in his career and claimed a 75.38 career scoring average. He recently helped the Generals take second at the NCAA Championship, which marked the best team finish in program history. He ended the tournament in a tie for 47th and finished the year ranked 72nd in Division III.
A 2017 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America selection, Farley garnered All-ODAC honors four times in his career, and was named the ODAC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice. He also received Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scholar All-America honors in 2017 and 2018.
In 2016, Farley was the recipient of the Elite 90 Award for Division III men's golf as the player with the highest GPA at the National Championship site. He also finished in the Top 10 all four times at the ODAC Championship in his career, highlighted by a second-place finish at the 2016 tournament.
A business administration major, Peters appeared in all 21 games with 16 starts for the women’s lacrosse team that finished 16-5 overall and claimed its ninth straight ODAC title this year. She led the team in goals (48), points (73) and assists (25).
Peters’ 73 points this season rank fourth in a single-season in program history, while her 48 goals are seventh in W&L single-season goals. Peters is a two-time all-conference honoree, including first team honors this season. She recently was named Second Team All-Chesapeake Region by the IWLCA, and second team all-state by VaSID.
The three selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 80 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 athletes from 12 different sports. To view the full 2018 men's and women's at-large teams, please click here.