June 17, 2004

RITTER AND HAGERMAN NAMED CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Washington and Lee senior swimmer Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and junior tennis player Lindsay Hagerman (Wichita Falls, Texas/Highland Park) have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Men's and Women's At-Large teams which were announced on Thursday afternoon. Both were third team selections in voting conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ritter was named to the men's third team after claiming a 3.883 cumulative grade-point average as a biology and classics double-major. An NCAA Winter Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, he plans on attending medical school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

In the pool, Ritter qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years, earning All-America honors five times. A four-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-American, Ritter will graduate holding school records in the 100 backstroke (51.07), 200 backstroke (1:51.91), 200 medley relay (1:36.12) and 400 medley relay (3:30.18). As a senior, Ritter led W&L to a 7-0 record and a Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship. A First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, Ritter finished seventh in the 100 back and 13th in the 200 back at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Hagerman was named to the women's third team after compiling a 3.642 cumulative grade-point average as a history major. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the W&L women's tennis team this spring and led the Generals to their 13th ODAC Championship in the last 14 years and a fourth-place national finish in Division III. After being named the ODAC Women's Tennis Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles. On the season, she claimed a 31-5 record in singles and a 29-7 record in doubles.

With Ritter and Hagerman's selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams, W&L improved its all-time total to 38 athletes honored since 1975. Senior women's soccer player Heather Coleman (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional) and senior baseball player Peter Dean (Vienna, Va./James Madison) have also earned Academic All-America honors in 2003-04, bringing the season total to a school-record four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

The CoSIDA College Division At-Large teams include all athletes from all NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools across the United States in the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

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