Sports update August 2011: Swim teams earn academic honors

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams earned 2010-11 Team Scholar All-America honors from by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Additionally, the women’s team saw freshman Chi Pham earn 2010-11 CSCAA individual Academic All-America honors, and had five student-athletes receive honorable mention All-America recognition.

The women’s swimming team posted a 3.57 grade-point average during the 2010-11 academic year, the fifth-highest in NCAA Division III. The WU men submitted a team GPA of 3.37, which ranked 18th in Division III. In order to qualify for the CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award, a team must collectively hold a GPA of at least 3.00.

Pham boasted a 3.77 GPA during her freshman season. She was an All-American in the 100-yard backstroke (fifth) and 200-yard individual medley (ninth) at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships.

Earning honorable mention Academic All-America honors for the WUSTL women’s team was junior Amy Vanlishout, junior Karina Stridh, senior Karin Underwood, freshman Allison Siegel and senior Catherine Rafferty-Millett.

Volleyball picked third in preseason poll

The volleyball team was ranked No. 3 in the country in the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Top 25 Poll, it was announced Aug. 24 by the association.

Defending Division III national champion Calvin College received 23 first-place votes to earn the top-spot in the AVCA preseason poll, while Emory University picked up the other first-place vote to place second. WUSTL (third), Christopher Newport University (fourth) and Wittenberg University (fifth) rounded out the top-five spots.

WU Sports Hall of Fame accepting nominations

The Washington University in St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame honors 132 student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and friends of the university. Nominations for the Class of 2011 will be accepted until Oct. 1. The honorees will be announced at a breakfast on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. For more information and a nomination form, visit

Football season begins at Knox Sept. 3

The football team opens its 2011 season Saturday, Sept. 3, at Knox College. Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 16 starters and 76 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished the season with a 7-3 record and a 2-1 mark in conference play. The home opener is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, against Rhodes College.

WUSTL coaches: What I did on my summer vacation

Vacation? What vacation? From summer camps, to recruiting, to public speaking, to travel and family time, there is not a lot of down time in the summer for a head coach at Washington University.

Sports Information Director Chris Mitchell caught up with many of the head coaches and put together a story that provides, in their own words, some insight into the life of a college coach.

Men’s soccer ranked No. 19 nationally

The men’s soccer team is ranked No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Continental Tire Division III preseason top-25 poll.

The Bears posted a 14-1-5 record in 2010 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Loras College in penalty kicks. WUSTL opened last season with a 10-0-3 record, marking the program’s best start since 1979.

WUSTL returns six starters and 28 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including its top six scorers from 2010. Senior Patrick McLean led the Bears with six goals and 15 points last year while senior Cody Costakis tallied a team-high six assists to go along with four goals.

Women’s soccer picked third in UAA preseason poll

The women’s soccer team was picked third in the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Conference Coaches’ Poll, behind the University of Chicago and Emory University. Those schools were selected to share the UAA championship.

Fourth-year head coach Jim Conlon returns 23 letterwinners and 10 starters from last year’s team, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Bears posted an 11-8-2 overall record in 2010, and tied for fourth in the UAA with a 3-2-2 mark.

Chicago and Emory each received four first-place votes to sit atop the poll, while WUSTL and the University of Rochester tied for third. Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University and New York University rounded out the poll.

Former Olympian Chalupny joins coaching staff

The women’s soccer team and coach Jim Conlon have added former U.S. National Team player and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Chalupny to the staff for the 2011 season.

Chalupny joins 2006 WUSTL graduate Stephanie Ackerman as an assistant coach for the Bears.

Chalupny, a St. Louis nativie, was a member of the 2002 United States Under-19 World Championship Team and has earned 92 caps with the U.S. National Team. She played in four games for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and scored in a 4-2 victory over Japan in the semifinals.

Chalupny played soccer at Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis, and was a three-time all-ACC and All-American selection at the University of North Carolina. She graduated from UNC with a degree in exercise and sports science in 2006.

Football picked second in UAA preseason poll

The football team was picked second in the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Conference Coaches’ Poll, behind the University of Chicago.

WUSTL and Case Western Reserve University tied for second with each school earning one first-place vote, while Carnegie Mellon University finish fourth in the preseason poll.

Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 16 starters and 76 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished the season with a 7-3 record and a 2-1 mark in UAA play.

The team opens the 2011 season at Knox College on Saturday, Sept. 3, and begins conference play on the road at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Bears have won a conference-best eight UAA titles.