Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Mike Walsh has announced that a record 88 students earned Scholar-Athlete awards during the winter term which ended in mid-April. The students are all members of W&L athletic teams and achieved a grade point average of at least a 3.500. The eighty-eight athletes breaks the record of 84 honorees set in the 1997 winter term. A record total of 121 athletes earned a 3.5 or higher in at least one term this year, breaking the record of 109 set last year.
Additionally, five of the students honored achieved grade point averages of 4.0 or higher (an A+ is worth 4.330 at W&L). The athletes achieving a 4.0 were men's track hurdler Joe Bestic (Salem, Ohio/Salem Sr.), men's cross country and track standout Jason Callen (Woodbridge, Va./Killeen, TX), record-setting men's soccer player Sam Chase (Marietta, Ga./Walton), All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's tennis player Glenn Miller (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) and All-ODAC women's lacrosse and soccer player Lorraine Taurassi (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East).
Other notable athletes named to receive Scholar-Athlete awards included All-American women's tennis players Berry Blankinship (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and Ericka Shapard (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) and All-American men's lacrosse player Ed Dougherty (Evanston, Ill./Loyola Academy).
Eleven of W&L's 21 varsity athletic programs achieved a team grade point average of at least 3.000, led by the women's lacrosse team with a 3.278. W&L's women's lacrosse team finished 13-3, won the ODAC and qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament. The highest men's team grade point average was men's swimming with a 3.152.