Three Generals Earn Academic All-District Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Three Washington and Lee student-athletes have been selected to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America All-District At-Large teams as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday.

Senior swimmer Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and senior wrestler Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) were both repeat selections, while junior tennis player Hayden White (Baltimore, Md./Towson) earned his first academic all-district nod.

Washnock was named to the academic all-district squad for the third time after garnering Third Team Academic All-America laurels last year.  A religion and Spanish double-major, he recently received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the W&L William McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

In the pool, Washnock earned All-America honors five times over his career and holds the school records in the 200 backstroke (1:49.25), the 200 individual medley (1:53.91) and the 400 individual medley (4:00.03).  A four-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, he earned All-America honors twice this winter after finishing 12th in the backstroke and 14th in the 400 individual medley.  Washnock was a four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Campbell was named to the academic all-district team for the second time after also receiving  Third Team Academic All-America last year.  A politics and English double-major, he was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-America squad earlier this spring. 

Campbell logged a 25-8 overall record on the mats this winter, tying the school record for wins in a season.  He placed third in the 133-pound weight class at the 2012 Centennial Conference championships and finished his stellar career ranked second all-time at W&L with 73 victories (73-34).

White was selected to the academic all-district team for the first time in his career after notching a 16-7 singles record and a 13-8 doubles mark.  The 2012 ODAC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship for the third straight year and will begin competition on May 24.

An accounting major, White is a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time All-American in singles.

Washnock, Campbell and White were among 11 athletes selected to the team from a grouping of 25 different sports among Division III schools in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-American program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.
 
With their First Team All-District selections, all three athletes will now go on the national ballot to be considered for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

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