Generals Earn Three Major Honors, Place 18 on All-Conference Squads
FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University won its sixth straight and 23rd overall ODAC swimming title on Sunday, powered by 18 athletes that earned all-conference recognition, 11 on the All-ODAC First Team. Emory & Henry College placed four Wasps on the first team, while Randolph-Macon College rounded out the 17-swimmer squad with two first team honorees.
Washington and Lee's Caroline Hamp was named the ODAC Swimmer of the Year, while teammates Emma Swabb and Delaney Rolfe were tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively. Bridgewater's Fran Smith received ODAC Coach of the Year honors. Hollins University swimmer Michelle Douglas was named the Bonnie Kestner Sportsmanship Award recipient.
The all-conference teams were determined by placement in events at the 2013 ODAC Swimming Championships. Those placing first or second in individual events earned first team distinction, while third and fourth place finishers were tabbed to the second team. The third team is comprised of fifth and sixth place swimmers.
Hamp, a sophomore from Avon Lake, Ohio, was a member of a pair of W&L winning relay teams and claimed one individual event title while also setting conference or meet records in two events. Hamp and her teammates won the 400-yard medley relay (3:59.99) on Friday and set the ODAC and meet record in the 200-yard medley relay (1:48.11) on Saturday. She set and reset the 100-yard butterfly record on day two, posting a time of 58.70 in the preliminaries and then bettering that with a winning time of 58.52 in the finals. Hamp, the 2012 ODAC Rookie of the Year, also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.56) and third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.51).
Smith enjoys her first top coaching honor in her sixth season guiding the Bridgewater swimmers. The Eagles' third place finish and 412 team points mark Bridgewater's best finish in the conference championship meet since establishing the program in the 2007-08 season. Bridgewater went 7-1 in dual meets this season, with its only loss coming to Washington and Lee.
Swabb, a freshman from Erie, Pa., won both the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.93) and 400-yard individual medley (4:40.25). She and her teammates set a new ODAC and meet record in the 200-yard free relay (1:37.15) and joined Hamp and others on the winning 400-yard medley relay team. Swabb also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.43).
Rolfe, a senior from Dallas, Texas, became the first swimming athlete to win the sport's scholar-athlete award three times (also won in 2011 and 2012). She stands out in the classroom with a 3.817 grade point average as an accounting and business administration double major. In the pool, the three-time All-ODAC First Team swimmer defended her 2012 championship in the 500-yard freestyle by winning the event with a time of 5:12.29. She was also a member of the Generals ODAC-record setting 800-yard freestyle relay (7:52.87) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.95) teams in 2012.
Listed below are the complete 2012-13 All-ODAC Swimming Teams. For more information on ODAC Swimming, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow the ODAC on Twitter at @odacathletics.
2012-13 ALL-ODAC SWIMMING TEAMS
ODAC Swimmer of the Year: Caroline Hamp, So., Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Fran Smith, Bridgewater
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Emma Swabb, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Delaney Rolfe, Sr., Washington and Lee
Bonnie Kestner Sportsmanship Award: Michelle Douglas, Jr., Hollins
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Lauren Frizzell||Fr.||Emory & Henry|
|Taylor Guardalabene||Fr.||Emory & Henry|
|Tyler Herron||Fr.||Emory & Henry|
|Payton Shirey||Fr.||Emory & Henry|
|Caroline Hamp||So.||Washington and Lee|
|Meredith Hardy||Jr.||Washington and Lee|
|Lauren Kasoff||Jr.||Washington and Lee|
|Hannah Melkun||So.||Washington and Lee|
|Colleen Moore||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|Izzy Brassfield||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|Stephanie Foster||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|Meredith Murphy||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|Delaney Rolfe||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|Brittany Ross||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|Emma Swabb||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Mary Gabe||So.||Washington and Lee|
|Lizz Platt||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|Sarah Schaffer||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Nicole Powell||Fr.||Emory & Henry|
|Shannon Berry||Sr.||Notre Dame of Maryland|
|Jessi Duffy||So.||Notre Dame of Maryland|
|Grace Duncan||Fr.||Washington and Lee|
|Sydney Gay||So.||Washington and Lee|
|Rachel Mensch||Sr.||Washington and Lee|
|Kelly Ross||Sr.||Washington and Lee|