May 16, 2006

JOHNSON, GLADYSZ HIGHLIGHT AWARD WINNERS AT W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior Christine Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and December 2005 graduate Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 16 at W&L’s Lee Chapel. Gladysz was named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, while Johnson was the male recipient of the award.

Gladysz was a four-year letterwinner for the volleyball team and a one-year letterwinner for the basketball team. She served as the volleyball team captain her senior season, caping a stellar career. As a setter in volleyball, she re-wrote the record books by totaling 5,216 career assists, more than 3,000 assists better than the previous school record. Her total also set an ODAC record and ranks among the Top 20 career totals in NCAA Division III history. She also set a new school record for aces (254), ranks second all-time in digs (1,542) and ranks sixth all-time in blocks (267). Three times she garnered First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State, First Team All-Region and ODAC Tournament MVP honors. Twice she was named ODAC Player of the Year and Virginia College Division Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named Third Team All-American following her sophomore and junior seasons and was a Second Team All-America selection as a senior. Gladysz joined the basketball team as a senior, played in 12 games and helped lead the team to the ODAC Tournament.

Johnson was a two-year letterwinner for both the cross country and track & field programs, serving as cross country captain during his senior season. A winter 2004 transfer from William & Mary, he made the most of his short career before graduating in December with degrees in economics and mathematics. Johnson was twice named the ODAC Cross Country Runner of the Year and ODAC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and he won the ODAC Cross Country Championship both seasons. He won the 2004 NCAA South/Southeast Regional and twice qualified for the NCAA National Championship meet. As a track athlete, he was twice named the ODAC Co-Athlete of the Year and won the ODAC outdoor 1,500 and 5,000 meter championship. The ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year both seasons, he earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America honors last season and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this fall to pursue a master's degree in mathematics at NC State.

In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior field hockey player Jane Beall (Richmond, Va./James River) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award after maintaining a GPA in excess of 3.8 while majoring in English. A three-time All-ODAC honoree, Beall set program records for career goals (42), assists (22) and points (106), and helped lead the Generals to their first ODAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth this past fall.

Senior Louisa Feve (Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. Feve was a four-year letterwinner for both the basketball and lacrosse teams, serving as team captain for the basketball team her final two seasons. In basketball, she was a two-time All-ODAC honoree and will graduate as the program's second all-time leading scorer with 1,305 points. In lacrosse, she scored 56 career points on 37 goals and 19 assists in helping the Generals to four ODAC Championships and four NCAA Tournament bids.

Football player Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) was named the Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete of the Year, while track & field athlete Stacy Doornbos (Roswell, Ga./Lassiter) was named the Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete of the Year. Sitterson was named First Team All-State, First Team All-Region and First Team All-American as a kickoff returner. He totaled 1,185 all-purpose yards and nine total touchdowns in helping lead the Generals to a 7-3 season. Sitterson returned three kicks for touchdowns and led the nation in kickoff return average (34.0 ypr.). Doornbos was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and was the indoor athlete of the year. She earned All-ODAC honors a staggering 10 times during the year and set 12 new W&L indoor and outdoor track & field records.

David Badertscher, head of technical services at Leyburn Library, was honored with the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support of Washington and Lee athletics over the years. Senior women's lacrosse player Margaret Batten (Grosse Point Farm, Mich./Grosse Point South) received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for her contributions to a number of different programs as a volunteer worker, while junior George Birsan received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.

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