FIVE W&L ATHLETES EARN VaSID ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee had five athletes
recognized on the 2003 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association
(VaSID) Academic All-State Team which was voted on by the members and
released on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior football player John Melillo (Forney, Texas/Belle
Plaine) and senior tennis player Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Day) were named to the first team, while senior football player Chris
Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) was placed on the second team.
Sophomore tennis player Lindsay Hagerman (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park)
was a third team selection, while junior swimmer Eric Ritter (Birmingham,
Ala./Mountain Brook) was an honorable mention selection.
Melillo is an English major with a 4.055 grade-point average
(GPA). A three-year starter on the Generals' offensive line, he was named
a First Team Verizon Academic All-American this season and is a recipient
of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Proko is a neuroscience major with a 3.68 GPA. A six-time
All-American, she helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record
24 wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this season. An All-American
in both singles and doubles this season, Proko will graduate from W&L
with a 92-20 mark in singles and 104-27 in doubles. The program's all-time
leader in doubles wins, she teamed with Hagerman to post a single-season
school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo this
year. She reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the NCAA
A computer science major with a 3.618 GPA, Sullivan was
a four-year starter at running back and wide receiver for the Generals.
A finalist for the Gagliardi Award given to the top player in Division
III, he was named First Team All-ODAC in 2002 after leading the Old Dominion
Athletic Conference in rushing (1,123 yds.) and ranking 13th in Division
III in all-purpose yards (1,753). Sullivan earned First Team All-ODAC
and Third Team AP Little All-America honors in 2001 after leading Division
III with 2,024 all-purpose yards. For his career, Sullivan finished as
the W&L record-holder in rushing yards (3,140) and all-purpose yards
Hagerman, a history major, has a 3.60 GPA. The ITA Co-National
Rookie of the Year in 2002, she compiled records of 26-4 in singles and
30-2 in doubles this season. She earned All-American honors for the second
and third time after reaching the singles and doubles semifinals in the
NCAA Tournament in 2003.
Ritter is a biology and classics major with a 3.842 GPA. A two-time All-American and a three-time NCAA Division III Championships qualifier in the backstroke, he holds school records in the 100 back (51.34) and 200 back (1:51.91) and is part of two school-record holding relay teams (200 & 400 medley relay).
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Contact: Brian Laubscher
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PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450