LEXINGTON, Va. -- Seniors Emily Applegate (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) and Mike Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 29 at W&L’s Lee Chapel. Applegate was named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, while Ginder was the male recipient of the award.
Applegate was a three-year letterwinner for the women's tennis team, helping the Generals to the 2007 NCAA Division III Championship. A three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and two-time ODAC Player of the Year, Applegate went 65-6 in singles and 58-14 in doubles during her three seasons with the team. She garnered All-America honors two times in singles and three more times in doubles and was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star following her junior season when she won the NCAA Division III Singles Championship. She completed her career by finishing as the runner-up of the 2007 singles championship.
Ginder was a four-year letterwinner for the men's swimming team, serving as a team captain during his senior season. A four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and two-time BMC Co-Swimmer of the Year, Ginder helped the Generals to four conference titles during his career. He qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships all four seasons and earned All-America honors a staggering 16 times, just one shy of the school's all-time record. Ginder received First Team All-America laurels 10 times in six different events and graduates holding three individual school records and as a member of five record-holding relay teams. He was also named the W&L Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete in 2004.
In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior women's tennis player Katie Kingsbury (Jenkintown, Pa./Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award after maintaining a GPA in excess of 3.9 while majoring in psychology. A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection and the two-time ODAC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kingsbury finished her career with a 60-16 singles record and a 26-7 mark in doubles. A three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, Kingsbury was the female recipient of the NCAA's Walter Byers Scholarship, the association's top academic honor.
Senior Chris Lalli (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. Lalli was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the men's lacrosse team as a senior. A 2007 First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America selection, Lalli ranked sixth in Division III in save percentage (.655) this spring and finished his career ranked fifth all-time at W&L with 486 career saves.
Football player R.J. Varner (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park) was named the Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete of the Year, while women's soccer and track & field athlete Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley Academy) was named the Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete of the Year. Varner was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year after quarterbacking the Generals to their first conference title since 1985 and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns after starting the final seven games of the season. Sutherland played in all 23 games for the women's soccer team in helping lead them to the NCAA Elite Eight and a 19-1-3 record. The ODAC Rookie of the Year and Virginia College Division Rookie of the Year, she was part of a defense that surrendered an NCAA-low three goals all season. In track & field, she won the high jump at the ODAC Indoor Championship and provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championship.
Burr Datz '75, the University's Director of Leadership Development, was honored with the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support of Washington and Lee athletics over the years. Law student Jane Ledlie '03, '08L received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for her contributions as a volunteer women's soccer coach and sports information assistant, while junior men's swimmer Evan Fitzgerald (Southern Pines, N.C./Oneal School) received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
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