Posted: Apr 04, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the winter 2011-12 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 women's side, senior Cece Cortes and junior Laura Gemmell represent women's squash after helping the Crimson win the program's 13th national title this season. Cortes, who hails from Cambridge, Mass., finished the season 11-2 overall and 4-0 at the No. 5 position, while serving as team co-captain. During the CSA individual championships, Cortes, an English concentrator, advanced to the quarterfinals and garnered CSA All-America second team honors.
Gemmell, a native of Toronto, Ont., reached the CSA individual semifinals, earning her third straight All-America first team nod. Gemmell, who won the CSA individual national title as a freshman in 2010 and is a human evolutionary biology concentrator, went 14-3 overall and 9-1 at the No. 2 position for the Crimson this season. Gemmell also earned Academic All-Ivy honors as a sophomore in 2010-11.
Jillian Dempsey, a junior on the women's hockey team, was a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award, presented annually to the top women's hockey players in the country. A product of Winthrop, Mass., she was also a finalist for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and received All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy League first team honors. Dempsey, a classics concentrator, led the Crimson with 27 goals and 48 points.
Representing the Harvard women's swimming and diving team, senior Catherine Zagroba earned four All-Ivy League selections during her career. A native of Ridgewood, N.J., Zagroba, a psychology concentrator, was a member of Harvard's winning 800 free relay team at the Ivy League Championships. She also made the championship finals in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,650 free individual events. Zagroba also helped the Crimson win the Ivy League title, which it hosted at Blodgett Pool in February.
Sophomore Adabelle Ekechukwu of the Crimson women's indoor track and field squad was a first-team All-Ivy League performer with a victory in the weight throw at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships. A product of Oak Brook, Ill., Ekechukwu, a history & science concentrator, became just the second Harvard thrower in program history to break the 18-meter barrier in the weight throw, posting the second best mark in school history at 18.54 meters at the HYP meet.
Junior Brandyn Curry, a product of Huntersville, N.C., makes his second straight appearance on the Academic All-Ivy League team after helping the Harvard men's basketball team win its second straight Ivy League title and earn the program's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1946.Curry, a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award and a sociology concentrator, was an All-Ivy second team choice after leading the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and pacing the Crimson with 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
After winning the CSA individual national title, sophomore Ali Farag, who hails from Cairo, Egypt, was selected as the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. An mechinanical enginnering concentrator, Farag earned CSA All-America first team honors after going 11-0 during the regular season at the No. 1 position.
Representing the wrestling program, junior Walter Peppelman earned his second straight appearance on the Academic All-Ivy squad. A government concentrator from Harrisburg, Pa., Peppelman is a two-time NCAA All-American after placing eighth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, becoming just the seventh student-athlete in program history to earn All-America honors in consecutive years. A two-time All-Ivy selection, Peppelman posted a 29-8 record with a career-high 11 falls at 157 lbs.
Senior Valentin Staller, who hails from Old Field, N.Y., and is an English concentrator, finished second in the men's sabre at the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships. A four-time All-Ivy League choice, Staller concluded his career with three All-America honors, as well as two Academic All-Ivy accolades.
After earning a pair of All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships as a member of Harvard's 400 free relay and 800 free relay teams, sophomore Chris Satterthwaite of the Crimson men's swimming and diving team received a nod to the Academic All-Ivy squad. An economics concentrator from Edina, Minn., Satterthwaite also placed 20th in the 200 free and 22nd in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships. He earned the 2012 Phil Moriarty Award as the Ivy League Championships Swimmer of the Meet and earned seven All-Ivy selections, including four first team and three second team.
The Ivy League will publish one final edition of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2011-12 academic year, following the end of spring competition.
Winter 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Brandyn Curry, Men's Basketball (Jr., Sociology, Huntersville, N.C.)
Ali Farag, Men's Squash (So., Mechanical Engineering, Cairo, Egypt)
Walter Peppelman, Wrestling (Jr., Government, Harrisburg, Pa.)
Chris Satterthwaite, Men's Swimming and Diving (So., Economics, Edina, Minn.)
Valentin Staller, Men's Fencing (Sr., English, Old Field, N.Y)
Cece Cortes, Women's Squash (Sr., English, Cambridge, Mass.)
Jillian Dempsey, Women's Hockey (Jr., Classics, Winthrop, Mass.)
Adabelle Ekechukwu, Women's Track and Field (So., History & Science, Oak Brook, Ill.)
Laura Gemmell, Women's Squash (Jr., Human Evolutionary Biology, Toronto, Ont.)
Catherine Zagroba, Women's Swimming and Diving (Sr., Psychology, Ridgewood, N.J.)