March 7, 2013

Five Student-Athletes Tabbed to ODAC/StellarOne Winter Sportsmanship List

Five Student-Athletes Tabbed to ODAC/StellarOne Winter Sportsmanship List

FOREST, Va. – In a release from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) office, five Bridgewater College student-athletes earned a spot on the 2013 ODAC/StellarOne Winter Sportsmanship Teams for their excellence in fair play and sportsmanship.

Junior David Larson, senior Ryan Speray, junior Rebecca Reifsnider, junior Melanie Waters and senior Jennifer Lutz each earned a spot on the team in the fourth year that the league has recognized its student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.

“I am pleased that the conference recognizes student-athletes for their focus on fair play and sportsmanship," explained ODAC Commissioner Brad Bankston.  "The conference prides itself on positive sportsmanship and encouraging student-athletes to lead by example. Each one of the honorees has been selected by the coaches in recognition of their conduct in the arena.  My hat is off to these student-athletes - thanking them for the example they set for all of us.”

Larson returned for his junior season with the men’s basketball team after being sidelined for the tail end of the 2011-12 season due to injury. The Oak Hill, Va. native saw action in all 26 games during the 2012-13 season, averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Larson led the squad in blocked shots with 22 and netted a career-high 11 points in Bridgewater’s victory over Maryland Bible.  

Speray posted a strong season on the track for the Eagles in the distance events. The senior aided the Eagles in setting a new school and conference record in the 4x800 meter relay. Speray also tallied the second and third-fastest mile times during the 2012-13 indoor season, with his 4:22.98 performance at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet setting a personal season-best time.

Reifsnider saw time in 22 of Bridgewater’s 25 women’s basketball games on the season. The Keymar, Md. native averaged six minutes per game and scored a season-high four points in Bridgewater’s victory over Sacred Heart (PR) in the San Juan Puerto Rico Classic.

Waters was Bridgewater’s top performer in four different events for the women’s track and field team during the 2012-13 indoor season. The Pasadena, Md. native turned in the team’s top times of the season in the 60 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash, while also posting the top long jump. Waters’ long jump performance ranked her fourth in the ODAC.

Lutz turned in a solid senior season for the Bridgewater swim team, setting a new school record in the final meet of the season. The Fairfax, Va. native earned a spot of the All-ODAC third team after a fifth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. Lutz set a new school record in the event and also aided the Eagles to setting a school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

The ODAC has a rich tradition in promoting fair play and good sportsmanship in each sport across the league.  The character of the conference’s student-athletes on and off the field is a representation of not only the individuals and teams, but also the institutions they play for.

“All of us at StellarOne Bank are excited to be an official corporate sponsor, touching the lives of so many in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference," said Angela Ross, Chief Branding Officer for StellarOne.

Below is a summary of the student-athletes representing the ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track, and women’s swimming.

ODAC WINTER SPORTSMANSHIP TEAMS

Men’s Basketball
David Larson, Bridgewater
Nic Sulc, Eastern Mennonite
Myles Turner, Emory & Henry
Travis Tracy, Guilford
Randall Ward, Hampden-Sydney
Michael Glover, Lynchburg
Cameron Colquitt, Randolph
Trent Walker, Randolph-Macon
Jimmy Bradshaw, Roanoke
Eli McEathron, Shenandoah
Jordan Griggs, Virginia Wesleyan
Patrick O'Connor, Washington and Lee

Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Ryan Speray, Bridgewater
Londen Wheeler, Eastern Mennonite
David Cason, Guilford
Jared Bloomquist, Lynchburg
Trevor Hunt, Roanoke
Charles Basil, Shenandoah
Darren Driscoll, Virginia Wesleyan
Agustin Kim, Washington and Lee

Women’s Basketball
Rebecca Reifsnider, Bridgewater
Alisa Brown, Eastern Mennonite
Anna Green, Emory & Henry
Jaclyn Nucci, Guilford
Ella Oakley, Hollins
Caleigh Patterson, Lynchburg
Allie Druffel, Randolph
Lindsey Sharman, Randolph-Macon
Rachel Dellehunt, Roanoke
Holly Chittenden, Shenandoah
Cassie Conley, Virginia Wesleyan
Shelbi Hendricks, Washington and Lee 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field
Melanie Waters, Bridgewater
Jolee Paden, Eastern Mennonite
Emily Cash, Guilford
Aleshia Washington, Lynchburg
Meagan Tolley, Roanoke
Emily Cobb, Shenandoah
Charnelle Adkins, Virginia Wesleyan
Molly Ortiz, Washington and Lee

Swimming
Jenn Lutz, Bridgewater
Payton Shirey, Emory & Henry
Taylor White, Greensboro
Becca Dozier, Guilford
Meg O’Brien, Hollins
Shannon Berry, Notre Dame of Maryland
Hillary Trumbower, Randolph-Macon
Blair Nelson, Sweet Briar
Caroline Hamp, Washington and Lee