April 1, 2009

W&L Women's Swimmers Honored by ODAC

Lexington, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference recently announced its All-ODAC Women’s Swimming teams and W&L led the way with 10 first-team selections and 13 overall.

In addition its 10 First Team All-ODAC selections, the Generals placed three swimmers on the second team and garnered three of the five major conference awards. Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) took home Swimmer of the Year honors for the second-straight year, first-year Lauren Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Preparatory) was named Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Kami Gardner was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Strachan won the 200 back and the 200 fly and was the top ODAC finisher in the 100 back as well at the ODAC Championship Meet. She also participated on the winning 200 and 400 medley relays. Her time in the 200 back (2:05.71) set a new ODAC record. Strachan went on to be named Honorable Mention All-America after finishing 11th at the NCAA Division III Championship meet in the 200 back.

In winning Rookie of the Year honors, Starnes competed in five events at the ODAC Championships and earned victories in the 200 (1:57.63) and 500 free (5:13.10). She placed third in the 1650 free (18:31.22) and participated on the winning 400 (3:39.62) and 800 (8:00.00) free relay teams.

Gardner, in her second-year at W&L, led the Generals to their 19th ODAC swimming title. Gardner has coached 22 All-ODAC swimmers, as well as seven major award winners, including the last two swimmer of the year and rookie of the year honorees.

Joining Strachan and Starnes on the All-ODAC First Team were seniors Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines’s) and Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./West Lakes), juniors Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School), sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and first-years Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) and Brielle Weinstein (Summerville, S.C./Pinewood Prep). First-years Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), Joanie Hudak (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) and Katie Salvati (Roselle Park, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) were named Second Team All-ODAC.

Other top individual ODAC finishers for W&L included Worsham in the 200 individual medley (2:12.60), Miata in the 50 free (24.82) and 100 fly (1:00.46), Mahoney in the 400 individual medley (4:45.04) and 200 breast (2:28.24), Bazzel in the 100 breast (1:08.41), Hayden in the 1650 free (18:04.60) and Simpson in the 100 free (54.57).

The Generals also won all five relay events in school-and ODAC-record times. The 200 free relay team (Miata, Fredericks, Worsham, Simpson) won with a time of 1:38.17. The 400 free relay (Simpson, Starnes, Cassada, Worsham) won in 3:39.62, while the 800 free relay team (Starnes, Hayden, Mahoney, Simpson) recorded a time of 8:00.00. W&L took the 200 medley relay (Strachan, Bazzel, Miata, Simpson) in 1:49.13, while capturing the 400 medley relay (Strachan, Fredericks, Miata, Worsham) in 4:00.28.

-- Generals --