LEXINGTON, Va. -- Three Washington and Lee student-athletes have been selected to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America All-District At-Large teams as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Junior wrestler Sam Campbell (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and junior swimmer Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) were both named to the District III College Division First Team, while senior women's lacrosse player Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was chosen to the district's second team.
Campbell, politics and English double major, is a two-year captain for the Generals, and is making his second appearance on the academic all-district first team. He wrapped up his junior campaign with a 15-9 overall record and led W&L with 53 takedowns. His 15 wins were good for second on the squad, while his takedown total was double that of any other W&L wrestler. He will enter his senior campaign with a 48-26 career record.
Washnock is being honored for the second time in his career after making the all-district second team as a sophomore. Washnock earned All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors for the third time this season after he finished fourth in the 400 IM (4:04.99) and second in the 200 back (1:50.18) at the conference meet. He went on to compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships for the third-consecutive season, taking part in the 200 back, the 200 IM, the 400 IM, as well as participating on the 400 free relay. He is a two-time All-American in the 200 back.
Mathews, a two-year captain for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, was honored as a second-team selection for the second year in a row. In field hockey, she started all 17 games and finished with 15 points on four goals and a team-high seven assists en route to ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and Second Team All-Region accolades. She was also selected to the NFHCA National Academic Team for the fourth time in her career. In lacrosse, she led W&L to its 12th ODAC Championship as she recorded team-highs of 60 goals and 16 assists for 76 points. She also led the team with 30 groundballs and 19 caused turnovers. Mathews was honored as the league's top scholar-athlete for the second time in as many years, in addition to being named the ODAC Player of the Year and earning First Team All-ODAC honors for the third time in her career. She wrapped up her lacrosse career ranked third all-time at W&L in goals (161) and fifth in points (199).
Campbell and Washnock were among 12 athletes selected to the team from a grouping of 25 different sports among small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 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, Campbell and Washnock will now go on the national ballot to be considered for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
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