W&L Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates 30 years

Standout athletes and athletic director honored for memorable contributions

A first team All-America swimmer, an ODAC lacrosse player of the year and a Division III national champion women’s tennis team were among those inducted into Washington and Lee’s 30th Athletic Hall of Fame class on Oct. 13-14.

The Class of 2017 features lacrosse player Wiemi Douoguih ’92, basketball and track & field athlete Megan Babst Lange ’02, swimmer Mike Ginder ’07, former coach and Athletics Director Cinda Rankin, and the National Champion 2007 women’s tennis team.

Director of Alumni Affairs Beau Dudley, who spoke at the event, said he was thrilled to celebrate the athletes and their many accomplishments.

“Washington and Lee is one of the great places that attracts and celebrates true student athletes,” he said. “I like to call us the miracle on the Maury.”

Athletics Director Jan Hathorn, who also presented at the induction, expressed excitement about the increase in gender diversity on full display at this year’s induction ceremony.

“More and more women are being honored,” Hathorn said. “Women have played a large role in the success of this institution since coeducation.”

Ginny Wortham ’07, a member of the NCAA Champion 2007 women’s tennis team, said she was looking forward to celebrating her teammates and their accomplishments.

“We are so honored to have been inducted this weekend. It’s a privilege to be remembered among so many great W&L athletes,” Wortham said.

Hathorn said after the event that she was proud to be a part of a gathering of such immense talent and appreciative of the hard work of those involved.

“I’m grateful for Beau Dudley, executive director of alumni affairs, Brian Laubscher, sports information director, and their offices for their outstanding work in creating a special atmosphere for everyone involved,” said Hathorn.

The inductees were honored at the banquet on the evening of Friday, Oct. 13 and again on Saturday, Oct.14 during halftime at the home football game against Guilford College.

The Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame has been honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Washington and Lee athletics since its founding in 1987.