Washington and Lee University has announced the 22nd class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The class includes Gibby McSpadden '56, Glenn Kirschner '84, Rebekah Prince '96 and Nathan Hottle '97. The group will be recognized at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Fri., Sept. 11 and at the Generals' football game against Sewanee on Sat., Sept. 12.
Gibby McSpadden '56 was a four-year letterwinner in wrestling and a one-year letterwinner in track & field. He was named the team's outstanding freshman wrestler in 1953 when he finished second in the 157-pound weight class at the Southern Conference Tournament. As a sophomore, McSpadden was named the Southern Conference's outstanding wrestler after finishing with an undefeated record and claiming the title of the 157-pound weight class at the Southern Conference Championship. McSpadden also went undefeated and won the SoCon title at 167 pounds as a junior. His senior season, he served as a team captain and was named the team's outstanding wrestler and the school's top athlete. That season, McSpadden finished first in the Southern Conference Tournament at 177 pounds. McSpadden completed his collegiate wrestling career with a 40-3 overall record.
Glenn Kirschner '84 was a three year letterwinner for the football team and served as a team captain during his senior season. As a center, Kirschner cleared the way for three first team all-conference running backs and he was the first football player to earn First Team All-ODAC honors three times, doing so his final three seasons. As a senior, he was named a Kodak/AFCA First Team All-American, one just just seven W&L players to receive first team honors in the Division III era. Kirschner helped lead the Generals to a 25-13 overall record and the 1981 ODAC Championship. He was awarded the ROTC Scholarship while at W&L and he now serves as a director for the U.S. Justice Department.
Rebekah Prince '96 was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the women's swimming team. She received the team's Most Valuable Swimmer Award and garnered First Team All-ODAC honors in each of her four seasons. Additionally, Prince was named the ODAC Swimmer of the Year following her freshman, junior and senior seasons and she qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 Individual Medley all four years. A 12-time All-American, Prince earned First Team All-America honors all four seasons in the 200 back and also in the 100 back as a freshman. Prince held school records in the 100 back (59.66), 200 back (2:07.67) and 200 IM (2:12.60) until all three were broken during the 2009 season. Her 100 back and 200 IM records both stood for 16 years, while her 200 back time held up for 12 seasons.
Nathan Hottle '97 earned four letters as a member of the men's swimming team and garnered three more letters with the water polo team. He also served as a swimming captain during his senior season. In water polo, he was named the team's co-defensive player of the year and garnered all-tournament honors at the Division III Championships as a senior. In swimming, Hottle was an 11-time All-American and the 1995 NCAA Division III Champion in the 200 breaststroke. He graduated holding school records in the 100 breast (57.21), 200 breast (2:03.93), 200 IM (1:54.08) and was a member of the record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:25.42), 400 freestyle relay (3:06.45) and 800 freestyle relay (6:53.01) teams. His 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM times remain as the top times in school history. Hottle was a two-time GTE Academic All-America selection and a 1997 recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He completed his career by being named the 1997 W&L Outstanding Senior Male Athlete and the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete in 1997.
The Washington and Lee University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987 by the W&L Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame was designed to honor and memorialize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Washington and Lee athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the University and its intercollegiate athletic program.
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