W&L Women's Swimming Receives ODAC Honors
FOREST, Va. –The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2012 women's swimming All-ODAC teams on Monday, and the Washington and Lee women's swimming team led with 10 first-team selections and 14 total honorees.
After winning their 22nd conference title, the Generals added to their ODAC championship haul as head coach Kami Gardner was named Coach of the Year, first-year Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio/Elyria Catholic) was named Rookie of the Year and junior Delaney Rolfe (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) was tabbed the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Joining Hamp and Rolfe on the first-team list were seniors Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York), Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), Joanie Hudak (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) and Katie Salvati (Roselle Park, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy), juniors Izzy Brassfield (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) and Brittany Ross (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), and sophomores Meredith Hardy (Cary, N.C./Athens Drive) and Lauren Kasoff (Owings Milles, Md./Saint Paul's).
Earning second team all-conference honors were senior Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), juniors Rachel Mensch (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Colleen Moore (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield), and first-year Hannah Melkun (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford).
Hamp earned the Rookie of the Year award after winning the 100 butterfly (59.78) and placing third in the 200 back (2:14.21) at the conference championships. Rolfe was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the second-consecutive year and is only the third student-athlete to repeat. She was the 500 free champion with a time of 5:12.94, and finished third in the 200 free (1:56.23) and 200 butterfly (2:16.58).
Fredericks posted a winning time of 1:07.47 in the 100 breast and took third in the 200 breast (2:27.61). Cassada touched first in both the 200 back with an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 2:06.59 and in the 100 back (58.73), while taking third in the 50 free (24.76). Hudak was the ODAC Champion in the 1650 free, timing in at 18.11.45 and Salvati placed second in both the 100 back (1:00.45) and the 200 back (2:11.95), and added a third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:13.82).
In the 50 free, Brassfield clocked in at 24.70 to finish second and was fourth in the 100 free (54.52). Ross claimed the winning time of 2:11.84 in the 200 fly and notched a time of 1:00.25 as the runner-up in the 100 fly. Kasoff recorded three second-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:13.00), the 200 fly (2:14.32) and the 400 IM (4:42.09). Wrapping up the first-team selections, Hardy was second in the 200 free (1:55.96), and registered third place in the 100 free and the 50 free with times of 54.25 and 24.76, respectively.
On the second team, Melkun posted two third-place performances in the 100 breast (1:09.38) and the 400 IM (4:44.32) and finished fourth in the 200 breast (2:29.63). In both the 200 and 500 free, Starnes posted fourth-place marks of 1:57.56 and 5:17.13, respectively. Mensch also placed fourth in the 200 fly (2:19.88) and Moore took home fourth in the 1650 free (18:22.58).
The Generals finished their season with a 7-2 overall record.