Virginia's Prichard and Wagner Earn CoSIDA District III Academic Honors
May 27, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia All-America swimmers Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) and Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III University Division Men’s At-Large Second Team. Prichard and Wagner are two of 10 student-athletes named to the second-team. Ten individuals have been named to the first-team as well.
Prichard, a distance freestyle specialist, earns second-team All-District III At-Large honors for the second consecutive year. He was a first-team All-American in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2004 NCAA Championships with a fourth-place finish. It is the third consecutive year Prichard earned first-team All-America honors in the mile. Prichard also earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 400-meter freestyle (13th) and 800-meter freestyle relay (15th). He is a 13-time All-American, including four first-team accolades. Prichard is an eight-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, and helped the Cavaliers to four consecutive ACC team titles. The team captain is the ACC and school record holder in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:16.32.
Prichard is a 2003 College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic First Team pick and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. He is a 2004 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipient. Prichard, UVa’s 2003-04 Life Skills Scholarship Award recipient for exemplary leadership and service, is an English Lit and American Studies major and will earn his MA and BA degrees in May of 2005.
Wagner, a backstroker, earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time. Wagner is a 2004 first-team All-American in the 200-meter backstroke with a seventh-place performance at NCAAs. He was also an honorable mention All-American in the 400 medley relay (ninth place). Wagner is a UVa men’s swimming and diving program record 15-time All-American, including three first-team selections. The 2004 Virginia graduate is a 14-time ACC champion, including four conference titles this season. At the 2004 ACC’s, the team captain won the 100-yard backstroke and was a member of three Cavalier relays that finished first.
Wagner, a Rhodes Scholar finalist in the state of Colorado, was a 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist in the 200-meter backstroke. Wagner joined Prichard as a 2004 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner and is a two-time first-team CSCAA All-Academic selection. The Political and Social Thought major is one of Virginia’s ACC Top VI Award recipients in recognition of leadership and community service. He won UVa’s 2003-04 ACC Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award and was also the recipient of the Gus Tebell Award as the Virginia senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
To be nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing in his/her career. District III consists of schools from the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.