W&L Swimming Earns Academic All-America Honors

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The College Swimming Coaches Association of America recently announced its Academic All-America Teams and Washington and Lee was among those honored.

The Washington and Lee men’s team was ranked second overall in Division III with a team GPA of 3.480. The W&L women were 22nd in the country with a team GPA of 3.40. In addition, the men’s and women’s teams combined for a team GPA of 3.444, good for third in the nation. Colorado College (3.474) and New York University (3.450) both finished ahead of the Generals, while Washington University in St. Louis (3.406) and Ohio Wesleyan (3.392) rounded out the Top 5.

Washington and Lee also had several individuals honored by the CSCAA. Graduates Tim McGlaston (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) and Alex Sweet (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day), seniors Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) and Chris Deibold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) all earned First Team Academic All-America honors. In order to be eligible, honorees must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA and have qualified for the NCAA national meet.

Sweet was a five-time First Team All-American at the 2008 NCAA meet and was the National Champion in the 50 free. McGlaston was a member of three relays (200 free, 400 free, 800 free), while Crook, Diebold and Barnds all competed on two relay teams that earned First Team All-American laurels.

The W&L women's team had one swimmer, senior Lindsey Strachan (Richmond, Va./Governor’s School), earn Honorable Mention Academic All-America with a 3.5 GPA and an NCAA “B” Qualifying Standard.

The W&L swim teams open the 2008-09 season on October 18 when they host Mary Washington at 2:00 pm.