LEXINGTON, Va. – Four Washington and Lee student-athletes will be among the 35 student initiates at Washington and Lee University’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation on January 18 at 5:00 pm in Lee Chapel.
Senior swimmer Thomas Caldwell (Greenville, S.C. / Wade Hampton) and senior golfer Mary-Frances Hall (State Road, N.C. / Elkin) will be among the 18 honorees from the class of 2018. Junior field hockey and lacrosse player Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine’s) and junior cross country and track & field runner Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C. / GRACE Christian) are also among the six honorees from the class of 2019.
Caldwell is neuroscience major and three-year letterwinner for the swimming team. He earned First Team All-ODAC honors as a first-year and sophomore, and was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree as a junior. He won the conference 500 freestyle title as a first-year (4:43.75) and was a member of the ODAC champion 800 free relay during his sophomore campaign. As part of Professor Sarah Blythe’s research lab, Caldwell headed up an analysis of changes in rat behavior as a result of consuming a diet high in fat and sugar. Starting his sophomore year, he served as a small group leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and now acts as the small group co-coordinator on the chapter’s executive team.
Hall is a three-year letterwinner and team captain for the women’s golf team as a neuroscience major. She earned First Team All-ODAC honors as a first-year and junior, and was a second team selection as a sophomore. The 2015 ODAC Rookie and Player of the Year, she earned Second Team All-America honors that season and has garnered All-America Scholar honors each of the last two years. She won the ODAC Championship as a sophomore and finished as the runner-up at the conference championship last spring. She has played 59 career rounds and carries a 78.36 career scoring average. On campus, Hall is a tour guide who sits on the Leadership Advisory Committee for the W&L Student Ambassadors. She works in the Cognition in Context lab under Professor Wythe Whiting and Professor Karla Murdock and enjoys the opportunity to serve others through volunteering with YMCA Happy Hearts Afterschool program and serving as Chi Omega’s philanthropy chair for 2017.
Tucker serves as a team captain for both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. She is a biology major and Latin American and Caribbean studies minor. She has earned three letters in field hockey, earning Third Team All-ODAC honors as a first-year and sophomore, and adding All-ODAC First Team laurels this fall. Tucker was named the 2017 ODAC Player of the Year and she garnered Third Team All-America honors after leading the Generals to the ODAC title. She ranks fourth in program history in career goals (38) and fourth in career points (89). In lacrosse, she lettered each of her first two seasons and claims 84 career points on 65 goals and 19 assists. She also has 152 draw controls. Tucker earned First Team All-ODAC honors as a first-year en route to earning ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades. She followed that with another First Team All-ODAC campaign last year, adding First Team All-America honors and Inside Lacrosse Breakout Player of the Year laurels. Tucker has participated in Generals Leadership Academy, is a member of the University Athletic Committee, 24, and belongs to the Tri-Beta Society.
Dolwick is a three-year letterwinner in both cross country and track & field. A psychology major, he earned Second Team All-ODAC as a first-year, he has helped W&L to three straight ODAC Cross Country titles. In track & field, he has been a consistent scorer in the distance events. Outside of athletics, he has served as a leader in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since his first year, leading a small group for a year and a half before becoming the large group coordinator this year. He also served as secretary of Washington and Lee’s chapter of Amnesty International his sophomore year.
Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff and administrators founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee. Admission is free and the public is invited. The program also will be streamed live online at https://livestream.com/wlu/founders-odk-2018.