CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College will welcome five new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame October 22nd during an annual ceremony and dinner. A brief account of each inductee's accomplishments follows. A sixth inductee, Jason Paige '94, is unable to attend due to personal reasons and will be inducted in the fall of 2012.
Ben Harris '98
One of the most outstanding guards in Shoremen basketball history, Ben Harris ranks fifth all-time in scoring at Washington College with 1,547 career points. He also holds the school records for three-point field-goals in a career and in a single season with 200 and 67, respectively. A two-time All-Centennial Conference selection who earned first-team recognition in 1997, Harris helped lead the Shoremen to three appearances in the Centennial Conference Tournament.
Mandy Paré '99
A true two-sport star, Mandy Paré was a 1998 second-team All-American and two-time All-Region selection in field hockey and a 1999 All-Region selection in lacrosse. She was a five-time All-Centennial Conference honoree, garnering that award three times in field hockey and twice in lacrosse. With Paré on the team, the Shorewomen field hockey team burtst onto the national scene, making two appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament and winning a share of the 1997 Centennial Conference Championship.
John R. Parker '55
A two-time All-America honorable mention goalie, John Parker was the starting netminder for the Washington College men's lacrosse team which captured a share of the 1954 USILA Laurie Cox Division National Championship. Parker made 47 saves against Navy in 1955, a single-game school record which stands to this day. After an impressive career in journalism and avertising, he retired to Chestertown where he was an ambassador for the College and ardent supporter of its athletic teams. Parker passed away in 2010.
Paulina Sierra '97
Paulina Sierra completed her degree at Washington College in just three years, but left an indelible mark on the women's tennis program. A two-time NCAA Division III Double Championship Tournament participant, Sierra reached the semifinals in 1997, earning All-America status. She was a three-time All-Centennial Conference first-team selection in both singles and doubles and was named the conference's Player of the Year in 1996 after winning the conference's singles championship for the second year in a row.
Danielle Sullivan '98
Danielle Sullivan earned All-America honorable mention in both the 1650 freestyle and 500 freestyle at the 1998 NCAA Division III Swimming Championships. That performance capped off an outstanding collegiate swimming career that saw her capture the gold medal in the 1650 freestyle at the 1997 and 1998 Centennial Conference Championships and win a total of 13 medals at conference championship meets during her four years. Sullivan has gone on to have a highly successful career as a professional triathlete.