Elizabeth Miles Mitzlaff '89
Elizabeth Miles Mitzlaff '89 is the first woman ever inducted into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame. Miles Mitzlaff was one of the first women’s athletes to compete at W&L and began her career in swimming at W&L in 1985, the school’s first year of coeducation.
She helped pave the way for W&L women’s swimming right from the start. As a freshman, Miles Mitzlaff earned First Team All-ODAC honors, was named the W&L Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, and garnered Honorable Mention All-America laurels in two events at the NCAA Division III National Championships. While standing as the women's team captain, Miles Mitzlaff would go on to earn ODAC Swimmer of the Year, W&L Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Year, and First Team All-ODAC honors during her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.
Her final two seasons, Miles Mitzlaff was presented with the Atlantic States Outstanding Female Athlete Award and also appeared in the annual edition of the American College Athletes Hall of Fame her senior season. Miles Mitzlaff qualified for the NCAA National Championship all four years at W&L and finished in the Top 16 in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle events during her career.
In her four years at W&L, Miles Mitzlaff set school records in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events and ended her career as the record-holder in all four events.