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Harvard Sailing Lands Three on ICSA All-Academic List

Alan Palmer '11 was one of three Crimson players to be named to the 2011 ICSA All-Academic First-Team. (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot) 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Intercollegiate Sailing Association announced its 2011 All-Academic teams and three Harvard  sailors have been selected. Alan Palmer '11, John Stokes '11 and Meghan Wareham '11 were all named to the ICSA first team.

This award recognizes the most accomplished sailors from the 2010-11 academic year for their efforts on the water and in the classroom. It requires that student athletes must have a junior or senior standing with at a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and be a regular contributor as a starter or reserve. This year's group is made up of eight first-team members and 10 honorable-mention recipients.

"We have dedicated students with high standards," Mitch Brindley, ICSA President said regarding the awards.

All three athletes were key components in helping the Crimson place third nationally in 2011. Palmer skippered Harvard's ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, while Stokes and Wareham were key players in Harvard's runner-up showing in the B division.

Each coed sailor also helped the Crimson place second in the ICSA Eastern Dinghy Championship Semifinal and fourth in the New England Dinghy Championship. They competed in five of Harvard's top-three finishes in 2010-11, including victories at the Sharpe Trophy; Owen, Mosbacher & Knapp Trophies and the Southern New England Team Race Intersectional. Each athlete also earned All-New England. Palmer secured All-America honorable mention last season as well.

All three Harvard athletes graduated in 2011, as Palmer graduated with a degree in applied mathematics, Stokes in linguistics and Wareham studied history and literature.