General of the Week: Noah Schammel

Swimmer Noah Schammel, ‘18, played a pivotal role in the Generals’ decisive 156-97 win over Catholic, winning two individual races. He currently holds the fastest times for the Generals this season in both the 100-yd. butterfly and 200-yd. butterfly. Schammel sat down with us at the Phi to discuss the season, his favorite activities outside of the pool and more.

Photo courtesy of 
W&L Sports Information.

Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Information.

Matt Kaminer

Phi: What led you to W&L and to join the swimming team here?

Schammel: My older brother first looked at W&L when I was a sophomore in high school. After he decided to take his talents to Davidson College, I decided to consider Washington and Lee. With the great academics, I decided to reach out to the coaching staff. Over the course of my senior year, they sold me on the idea that I had the opportunity to be an integral process of building a program into a national presence and that was something that appealed to me.

Phi: You are in the midst of a strong sophomore campaign, most recently winning two races in a win over Catholic. How do you feel about your performance so far?

Schammel: I’ve been really happy with my performances over the season. Every meet up to this point I’ve been a solid amount faster than I was at the same point in the season last year, which is always an encouraging sign for success at championship meets.

Phi: What goals do you and the team maintain for the remainder for the season?

Schammel: The main goal right now is winning ODAC’s in February, after that qualifying for nationals and really making a statement as a team this year is the overall goal.

Phi: What do you like to do outside of the pool?

Schammel: Go to D-hall, watch Netflix, take naps.

Phi: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Schammel: I’m blind in one eye.