LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee seniors Nathaniel James (Keller, Texas/Keller) and Amy Roberson (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III At-Large Teams as first-team selections.
A second-team honoree a season ago, James adds the award to a list that already includes being named First Team All-American and Scholar All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He finished in a tie for third place out of 180 competitors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship with a score of 73-74-72-73--292 (+8). He also helped the Generals finish 16th out of 35 in the team portion of the event.
James qualified for the NCAA Championships each of his final three seasons, finishing tied for 34th as a sophomore and tied for 19th as a junior. A finalist for the 2008 Bryon Nelson Award, James was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals. He was a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time winner of the ODAC Golfer of the Year and ODAC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2005, James won the ODAC Individual Championship this spring in leading the Generals to their first conference title since 1999. A Third Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-America choice last spring, James ranked No. 1 in Division III this year with a 72.6 stroke average over 25 rounds played. A politics major with a GPA in excess of 3.5, James posted a 73.8 career scoring average and he never carded a score higher than 81 over his 94 career rounds.
Roberson was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the swimming team. A four-time First Team All-ODAC selection, she earned the ODAC Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award following her junior and senior seasons.
Roberson won the 100 fly and competed on the winning 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relay teams at the 2008 ODAC Championship. She holds the school record in the 100 fly (59.92) and swam on the record-holding 200 medley (1:51.88), 400 medley (4:08.23), 200 free (1:41.87) and 400 free (3:42.01) relay teams.
James and Roberson will both go on the national ballot where they could earn Academic All-America honors. The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District 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 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The at-large team consists of athletes from 25 different sports.