Ten Student-Athletes Garner Spring Academic All-Ivy Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League released the names of 80 student-athletes, including the five male and five female honorees from Harvard, who have earned spring 2013 Academic All-Ivy League honors.
The recipients are key contributors on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League universities nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.
Two members of the heavyweight crew team, a lightweight crew member, a tennis player and a lacrosse player were represented by the five men's nominees while the women's recipients were composed of two members of the lightweight crew team, a tennis player, a member of the water polo team and a track and field student-athlete.
Senior lacrosse player Jason Gonos served as a team captain while earning All-New England first team during his final campaign in Cambridge. The senior star anchored the defensive unit that allowed 9.97 goals per game; he ranked fourth on the team with 27 ground balls and was second with 11 caused turnovers. He was also an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention.
Gonos was joined on the team for the first time by senior Andy Nguyen of the men's tennis team. The Phoenix, Ariz., native helped lead Harvard to back-to-back Ivy League titles and two straight NCAA tournament appearances. Nguyen was selected for the All-Ivy League second team for both singles and doubles.
Nguyen was joined by fellow senior David Fuller of the men's heavyweight crew team. During his four-year campaign at Harvard, Fuller never lost a dual meet. He was a member for the first varsity boat and served as the coxswain for the Crimson's second place finish at the IRA National Championship regatta. Fuller also served as the coxswain for Harvard's win at Eastern Sprints.
Teammate Josh Hicks joined Fuller as a first-time recipient of the award. The senior helped lead Harvard to a second-place finish at the IRA National Championship regatta. He was a rower for the first place finish at Eastern sprints, as well as a member of the first varsity boat.
Senior Nicholas Gates , representing the lightweight crew team, rounded out the men's representatives. Gates rowed for the Harvard's varsity eight national championship and Eastern Sprints winning boat.
On the women's side, senior Mary Hirst of the women's track and field team was named to her first academic All-Ivy team. The 2013 Ivy League heptathlon champion broke the school record in the event, becoming the first woman ever to eclipse 5,000 points. She was named Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet at the Heptagonal Championships, capturing first place in the high jump, as well as the heptathlon. Hirst qualified for the NCAA championships in the high jump where she earned honorable mention All-America status at the event.
Claire Harmange, sophomore member of the women's lightweight crew, earned her first Academic All-Ivy recognition. Harmange was a member of the first varsity boat that finished second in the nation. She contributed to the varsity eight's EAWRC sprints championship, which was the team's first title since 2004. Senior teammate Emma Lukasiewicz joined Harmange as a first-time recipient of the award. She was also a member of the first varsity boat that finished second in the nation.
Senior co-captain Aisha Price, a member of the women's polo team, is also a first time recipient of the award. During her senior campaign at Harvard she was named to the CWPA Southern Division first team and the CWPA Eastern Championship second team. She led her team in goals (79), assist (45), and steals (72). Price was also a member of the women's soccer team.
Representing the women's tennis team was senior and two-time captain Hideko Tachibana, who became the second women's tennis player in school history to be named to the All-Ivy first singles team three times. During her senior year she went 10-8 at No. 1 singles and 12-6 in doubles.
Spring 2013 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Andy Nguyen, Men's Tennis (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., East Asian Studies)
Jason Gonos, Men's Lacrosse (Sr., Annapolis, MD., Economics)
David Fuller, Men's Heavyweight Crew (Sr., Chestnut Hill, Mass., History)
Josh Hicks, Men's Heavyweight Crew (Sr., Waterford, Australia, Government)
Nicholas Gates, Men's Lightweight Crew (Sr., Ross, Calif., Chemistry)
Mary Hirst, Women's Track and Field (Sr., Knoxville, Tenn., Sociology)
Claire Harmange, Women's Lightweight Crew (So., Andover, Mass., Chemistry and Physics)
Emma Lukasiewicz, Women's Lightweight Crew (Sr. Toronto, Ont., Psychology)
Aisha Price, Women's Water Polo (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii, East Asian Studies)
Hideko Tachibana, Women's Tennis (Sr., Canyon Country, Texas, Economics)