CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard – who have been named to the spring 2012 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 it eligible student-athletes.
Representing the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national champion men’s lightweight crew, senior Tim Moore and junior Nicholas Gates garnered Academic All-Ivy status. Moore, a native of Exeter, N.H. and a social studies concentrator, was named to the All-Ivy League first team and was the six-seat of the Harvard lightweight crew that won the national, Eastern and Ivy League titles and went 9-0 against dual competition.
Gates, who hails from Ross, Calif., and is a chemistry concentrator, also earned All-Ivy first team honors and was the five-seat of the Crimson lightweight squad, helping Harvard to the IRA, Eastern and Ancient Eight crowns, as well as post a perfect record during the dual season.
Matt Jones, a senior on the men’s volleyball team and an applied mathematics concentrator, became Harvard’s all-time kills (1,218), digs (452) and service aces (97) leader, while also ranking in the Crimson’s all-time top-10 for kills per set (third), block assists (third), total blocks (fourth) and solo blocks (seventh). Following the season, in which the Crimson earned the first national ranking in program history, Jones, who ranked ninth in the country in kills (3.83) and aces (0.42), earned All-Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association first team honors and was named to the EIVA All-Tournament team.
Senior Brendan Kopp, an All-American on the sailing team, led Harvard to its first New England championship in 11 years as top skipper and captain. A first-team All-New England choice and native of Fairfield, Conn., Kopp also helped the Crimson to a fifth-place finish at the national championships.
Jonathan Pearlman, an economics concentrator from Palm Beach, Fla., received All-Ivy first team accolades in singles as a member of the Crimson men’s tennis team. Pearlman, who played exclusively at No. 1 for Harvard during his senior season, also went 10-4 in doubles during the dual schedule. Pearlman and the Crimson, who earned a ranking as high as No. 16, reached the second round of the NCAA tournament after winning the Ivy League crown.
Seniors Jane Alexander and Rachel Brown of the softball team garnered Academic All-Ivy League status after helping the Crimson reach the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. Alexander, the 2012 Ivy Co-Player of the Year, earned Capital One Academic All-America third team honors, as well as Academic All-District first team accolades. A two-time All-Ivy honoree, Alexander, a psychology concentrator who hails from Palo Alto, Calif., started every game at shortstop in 2012 and led the team in hits (61) and batting average (.381).
Brown, a senior from San Diego, Calif., was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. A team captain and a psychology concentrator, Brown was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team for the second consecutive year and received her fourth straight unanimous nod to the All-Ivy first team. She finished ninth in the nation in strikeouts per game (8.8) and holds virtually every pitching record at Harvard including wins (75), saves (10), complete games (71), shutouts (26) and strikeouts (995).
Melanie Baskind, a senior on the women’s lacrosse team, as well as a neurobiology concentrator, was tabbed the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A second team All-Ivy selection and second team IWLCA All-Region pick, Baskind, who served as team captain, led Harvard in points (33), assists (six) and caused turnovers (15), while ranking second in goals (27) and ground balls (37). A three-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Week choice, Baskind was tabbed to the Ivy League All-Tournament team and earned Capital One Academic At-Large All-America first team and At-Large All-District first team honors.
Baskind, who also starred on the soccer pitch for the Crimson, earned three Academic All-Ivy honors and was the unanimous choice as Ancient Eight Player of the Year in 2011, helping Harvard win its third conference title in four years.
Representing women’s heavyweight crew, Jill Carlson, a senior from Newton, Mass., was tabbed first team All-Ivy and first team All-New England. A classics concentrator, Carlson, who served as team captain, was the coxswain of the Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight that won the program’s first Ivy title since 2003 and placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Bonnie Hu of the women’s golf team won the individual title at the Ivy League Championships (77-73-75-225) and was named to the All-Ivy first team. An economics concentrator who hails from Fremont, Calif., Hu was also second on the Crimson at the NCAA Central Regional, shooting 81-81-76-238 over three days of competition.