June 4, 2004

FOUR GENERALS NAMED TO VaSID ACADEMIC ALL-STATE TEAM

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee had four athletes recognized on the 2004 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) Academic All-State Team which was voted on by the members and released on Friday afternoon.

Senior baseball player Peter Dean (Vienna, Va./James Madison) was named to the first team, while senior women's soccer player Heather Coleman (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional), senior swimmer Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and junior tennis player Lindsay Hagerman (Wichita Falls, Texas/Highland Park) were all named to the second team.

Dean garnered first team honors after accumulating a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) as a chemistry major. A 2004 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American, ODAC Pitcher of the Year and a three-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he set a school-record for victories in a season, going 9-2 with three saves and a 2.33 earned-run average (ERA) this spring. He also notched 64 strikeouts and just 11 walks in a school-record 88.2 innings of work. Dean finished his four seasons with an ODAC- and school-record 29 wins against just seven losses and a school-record 2.20 ERA. He also set new W&L records for career strikeouts (232), career appearances (54) and innings pitched (290.2).

Coleman was named to the second team after recording a 4.077 GPA as an economics and politics major. A Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American during the fall, she also earned ODAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and W&L Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for 2003-04. She recorded two goals and three assists last fall and leaves W&L with 18 goals and nine assists for her career, ranking eighth all-time at W&L with 44 points.

Ritter claimed a 3.879 cumulative grade-point average as a biology and classics major. Earlier this spring, he was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. As a swimmer, 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 graduated 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.

A history major, Hagerman also earned an appointment to the second team after claiming a 3.64 cumulative grade-point average. Playing at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the W&L women’s tennis team, Hagerman 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 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.

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