Women's soccer's Sam Franklin and lacrosse's Wesley Sanders were among those honored as All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year, a list released earlier this week by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The honorees, of which there were 500 between both the high school and college ranks, were nominated by their strength coaches and were recognized for their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student-athletes.
Franklin, who completed her sophomore season this past fall, played in 17 games in 2017 and scored her first career goal, the game-winner Oct. 6 at Chattanooga.
"Sam has an excellent work ethic and mindset to improve each day," said VMI strength coach Dave Lawson. "Sam challenges and pushes herself to improve while providing support and motivation to her teammates. Her daily effort, focus and intensity is a great example for those around her. She sets a great example in her approach to the
strength training program."
Sanders, meanwhile, has returned from a serious knee injury to post 21 points, the third-highest total on the VMI lacrosse team. He is five points away from 100 in his collegiate career.
"Wesley is a very focused and highly competitive cadet-athlete," said Coach Lawson. "He is a tireless worker in the weight room and on the field while earning a spot on the Dean's List and Honor Roll at VMI in Mechanical Engineering. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2017, he trained 4-5 days a week while recovering from his setback. He sets the standard with his grit, intensity and leadership which pushes those around him reach higher levels of performance."
For a complete list of honorees, please visit NSCA.com.