EVANSTON, Ill. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recently announced its All-Academic Individual and Team Awards for the 2012-13 school year and both Washington and Lee swimming squads were recognized.
The W&L men were one of 78 Division III swimming and diving programs to be recognized for having a team grade-point average of 3.0 or better. The Generals placed ninth with a 3.45-combined team GPA.
The women's team was among 135 Division III squads honored, coming in 18th with a combined team GPA of 3.51.
The men of Principia posted the highest team average with a 3.74, while Connecticut College had the highest average among women's teams at 3.66. For the complete listing, visit here.
Individually, recent graduates Wade Marsh (Milford, Del. / Salesianum School) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass. / Wellesley) were both named to the Division III Scholar All-American First Team based on qualifying for the NCAA Championship and achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or better. For both Sykes and Marsh, it is their fourth-consecutive selection to the CSCAA Scholar All-America squad.
Marsh, a four-year member of the swim team, recently received W&L's William D. McHenry Male Award as the school's top male scholar-athlete and earned All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors as a sophomore and senior. He was a four-time All-America honoree, including Honorable Mention All-America after competing at the NCAA Division III Championships in the 200 and 400 medley relay teams this season.
Sykes was a four-year letterwinner for the men's swimming team. A four-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, he earned All-America honors a total of seven times, including garnering first team honors in the 50 freestyle as a senior when he finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The men concluded their season with an 8-2 overall record and a sixth-place finish at the BMC Championships. The women finished their season with a 10-3 overall record en route to earning their sixth-consecutive ODAC title and the 23rd in program history.
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