April 5, 2011
Ten Winter Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy League
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the winter 2010-11 Academic All-Ivy League team.
The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.
On the men's side, the men's swimming & diving team had two members honored, as senior Zac Ranta and sophomore Michael Stanton earned spots on the Academic All-Ivy squad. Ranta, a molecular & cellular biology concentrator from Hales Corner, Wisc., earned All-Ivy second-team honors after placing second in the three-meter diving competition at the conference championships. Ranta also took home the 2011 Ron Keenhold Award as the career high-point diver at the Ivy League Championships.
Stanton, a native of Potomac, Md., and a mathematic concentrator, defended his Ivy League title in the one-meter diving competition, earning first-team All-Ivy status in the process. Harvard's top scorer at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, Stanton placed13th on the one-meter board and 16th on the three-meter board, as he qualified for the finals in both.
Walter Pepplman, a sophomore on the wrestling team, was a unanimous All-Ivy first-team pick and earned All-America honors. A government concentrator from Harrisburg, Pa., Peppelman placed eighth at NCAAs and posted a 33-9 overall record.
Representing the men's fencing team, Valentin Staller, an English concentrator, earned his second straight All-America honor as he finished ninth in the sabre at the NCAA Championships. A native of Old Field, N.Y., Staller grabbed 13 wins and scored 93 touches at NCAAs and garnered second-team All-Ivy accolades after going 13-2 at the Ivy League Championships.
Sophomore Brandyn Curry of the men's basketball team received All-Ivy second-team honors as a guard. He led the Ivy League and stood 16th in the nation with 5.9 assists per game and handed out 178 assists on the season, tied for third most in school history. Curry, a sociology concentrator who hails from Huntersville, N.C., recorded three double-doubles on the season and averaged 9.8 points per game in Ivy League contests.
Kate Mills, a senior on the women's swimming & diving team from Sacramento, Calif., led all Harvard swimmers with four All-Ivy League awards. She garnered All-Ivy first-team status in the 400 IM and 800 free relay and second-team status in the 200 butterfly and 400 free relay. A history of art & architecture concentrator, Mills received the Career High-Point Swimmer Award at the Ivy Championships and graduates with three individual and two relay school records.
Senior Claire Richardson helped the women's indoor track & field team to its best finish in school history at the ECAC Championships with her second-place finish in the 3,000 meter run. A history & science concentrator from St. Paul, Minn., Richardson also took third in the 3,000 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
After receiving her third consecutive All-America nod with a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, junior Noam Mills earned a spot on the Academic All-Ivy squad. A native of Kfar Saba, Israel and an economics concentrator, Mills was a first-team All-Ivy choice and sported a 15-3 record at the Ivy League Championships.
Representing the women's squash team, sophomore Laura Gemmell, the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second straight season, posted a 16-1 record as Harvard's No. 1. A human evolutionary biology concentrator from Toronto, Ont., Gemmell garnered her second consecutive nod to the All-Ivy League and All-America first team. She was the runner-up at the CSA Individual Championships and helped the Crimson finish second at the CSA Team Championships.
Sophomore Jillian Dempsey of the women's hockey team led Harvard with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists. Dempsey, a classics concentrator who hails from Winthrop, Mass., received All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy League second team honors.
Winter 2011 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Brandyn Curry, Men's Basketball (So., Sociology, Huntersville, N.C.)
Walter Peppelman, Wrestling (So., Government, Harrisburg, Pa.)
Zac Ranta, Men's Swimming & Diving (Sr., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Hales Corner, Wisc.)
Valentin Staller, Men's Fencing (Jr., English, Old Field, N.Y.)
Michael Stanton, Men's Swimming & Diving (So., Mathematics, Potomac, Md.)
Jillian Dempsey, Women's Hockey (So., Classics, Winthrop, Mass.)
Laura Gemmell, Women's Squash (So., Human Evolutionary Biology, Toronto, Ont.)
Kate Mills, Women's Swimming & Diving (Sr., History of Art & Architecture, Sacramento, Calif.)
Noam Mills, Women's Fencing (Jr., Economics, Kfar Saba, Israel)
Claire Richardson, Women's Indoor Track & Field (Sr., History & Science, St. Paul. Minn.)