Seniors Kat Michaels (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) and Alex Sweet (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 28 at W&L’s Lee Chapel. Michaels was named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, while Sweet was the male recipient of the award.
Michaels was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the women's lacrosse team as a senior. She also lettered for the basketball team as a freshman. A three-year starter at defense for the lacrosse team, she amassed 124 ground balls and caused 103 turnovers in helping the defensive unit consistently rank in the Top 10 in Division III throughout her career. She also notched two goals and 10 assists over her four seasons. A three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and the 2008 ODAC Player of the Year, Michaels is a three-time All-Chesapeake Region selection and was a Third Team All-American as a junior. During her career, the Generals went 63-15 overall, 32-0 in the ODAC, won four ODAC titles and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.
Sweet was a three-year letterwinner for the swimming team and a team captain as a senior. He also played on the basketball team as a freshman. A three-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection and the BMC Swimmer of the Year as a senior, Sweet earned All-America honors 15 times, the third-most in school history. He garnered First Team All-America honors 10 times, including in the 50 free after winning the event at the NCAA Division III Championship this winter. A qualifier for the US Olympic Trials this summer, Sweet graduates as the school record-holder in the 50 free (19.85), 100 free (44.51) and 200 free (1:39.10) and he is a member of the record-setting 400 medley (3:26.85), 200 free (1:21.55), 400 free (3:02.53) and 800 free (6:44.57) relay teams.
In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior swimmer Tim McGlaston (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award after maintaining a GPA in excess of 3.7 while majoring in biology. A four-time All-BMC selection, McGlaston earned a total of nine All-America citations over his four seasons, including garnering First Team All-America honors four times at the 2008 NCAA Championships. McGlaston is a member of the record-setting 200 medley (1:33.36), 200 free (1:21.55) and 400 free (3:02.53) relay teams and he will attend medical school at Harvard this fall.
Senior Michael Keenan (Chicago, Ill./Northside College Prep) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. Keenan is a captain of the track & field team and he also participated in cross country, swimming and soccer during his four years. He was the first W&L athlete ever to participate in the decathlon and he earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in the javelin this spring, tossing a school-record distance of 51.87 meters.
Field hockey and lacrosse standout Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was named the Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, while basketball player Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) was named the Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete of the Year. Mathews started 12 games for the field hockey team this past fall, earning ODAC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-State honors. She then started all 20 games for the lacrosse team this spring and totaled 34 points on 29 goals and five assists. Cimino played in all 26 games for the basketball team and helped lead them to a 15-11 overall record, the team's best record in more than 15 years. Cimino averaged 3.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Jeremy Franklin '04, general manager of WLUR, was honored with the R.E. “Chub” Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support of Washington and Lee athletics on the radio over the years. Junior Jenna Walls received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for her contributions as a manager for the basketball team and assistant in the training room, while junior Liza Njuguna received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
Numerous team awards were also presented at the ceremony. For a complete listing of the team and department awards for the 2007-08 school year, please click here.