Five to be inducted into W&J Hall of Fame
Five new members will be inducted into the 16th class of Washington & Jefferson College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The five are Burleigh Cruikshank (1915, football, posthumous), Kevin DeJuliis (2003, wrestling), Terry Evans (1970, basketball), Bobby Swallow (2009, football) and Rebecca Webb (1994, swimming).
The five will be honored at a banquet at the Rossin Campus Center Ballroom at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5. They also will be recognized at halftime of the Presidents’ season-opening football game against Wooster at Cameron Stadium Saturday, Sept. 6.
Cruikshank was a two-time All-America at center and helped guide the Presidents to one of the top two-year runs in school history in 1913 and 1914. The 1913 Presidents finished at 10-0-1 and as the top-ranked scoring offense in the country (32.9 ppg). W&J set a school record for points during a 100-0 victory over Grove City and tied Yale, 0-0, for the only non-win of the year. A 17-0 victory over Penn State snapped the Nittany Lions’ 17-game win streak.
In 1912, W&J won eight games and played Jim Thorpe’s Carlisle Indians to a 0-0 tie. In 1914, W&J went 10-1 with the only blemish a 10-9 loss to Harvard in the mythical national championship game.
DeJuliis is the W&J wrestling program’s all-time wins leader (117). He held the single-season record for victories (36) for a decade and made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. As a junior, he became the fifth wrestler in school history to earn All-America laurels after placing seventh in the 133-pound bracket at the national championships. He was the PAC Most Valuable Wrestler in 2003 after winning the 133-pound championship.
Evans was a standout guard on two PAC men’s basketball championship teams. The 1969 and 1970 teams won two of the nine conference basketball titles in school history. Evans is one of 22 players in school history to score 1,000 points and finished his career with 1,064. He started all 72 games of his career and was a three-time All-PAC honoree.
Swallow is one of two football players in W&J history to be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team twice. The school record holder for passing touchdowns (104) and career completion percentage (.681), Swallow was a member of two PAC championship teams (2006, 2007) and the Presidents made four NCAA Division III playoff appearances during his career. In 2008, W&J advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and Swallow had a school-record 46 touchdown passes. He is the NCAA Division III record holder for lowest interception percentage among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 pass attempts (only 15 in 1,023 attempts).
Webb is one of the most dominant swimmers in school history and the 1992 PAC Swimmer of the Year. She won 12 PAC championships in her three seasons as a President and set 11 school records. Webb also added five conference record-breaking times. The 1992 Paul Reardon Award winner won the 200 backstroke championship three times, two 100 backstroke and the 400 individual medley crowns.
For more information on attending the induction ceremony, contact the W&J athletic office at 724-223-6054.