As the academic term reaches its midpoint in Cambridge, 80 Ivy League student-athletes have already been rewarded for a season of hard work both in and out of the classroom. Earlier this week, Ancient Eight officials announced that ten Harvard students—including athletes from nine teams and eight different sports—earned a spot on the winter All-Ivy Academic team this year.
To be nominated for this honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and be a starter or key reserve on a recognized varsity team.
The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams led the way for the Crimson, as a swimmer and two divers—senior Kate Mills, classmate Zac Ranta, and sophomore Michael Stanton—earned a spot on the team.
Mills, a History of Art and Architecture concentrator, was also honored as the Career High Point Swimmer the Ivy League Championships this year, while the men’s team finished the regular season undefeated.
After helping the Crimson men’s basketball team to its first Ivy League championship in school history, sophomore guard Brandyn Curry, a sociology concentrator from Huntersville, N.C., earned academic honors as well.
Also earning accolades for Harvard were sophomore hockey forward Jillian Dempsey , sophomore squash player Laura Gemmell, junior fencer Noam Mills, junior wrestler Walter Peppelman, junior runner Claire Richardson, and junior fencer Valentin Staller.
For the full Ivy League team, check out this Ancient Eight release.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
SPRING ACTION HEATS UP
178: The number of strikeouts for junior pitcher Rachel Brown in 103 1/3 innings this year.
3: The number of goals for freshman lacrosse player Daniel Eipp in a 12-11 Harvard loss to Albany.
128: The number of digs junior volleyball player Dan Schreff has recorded on the season.
9: The number of varsity lightweight rowers from Massachusetts.
26: The number of goals scored by sophomore lacrosse Jennifer VanderMeulen in eight games this season.
20: The number of road losses for the Harvard baseball team in 23 away games this year.
Despite the lockout in the NFL, the draft is still scheduled to start April 28, and scouting remains active into the last few weeks before the 2011 amateur selection.
After a stellar senior season, captain defensive back Collin Zych has attracted the attention of a few NFL teams, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys are both interested in the All-Ivy honoree, and Zych is reported to have pre-draft visits lined up with the two teams.
Harvard’s own Harry Parker, coach of men’s heavyweight crew, is featured in a book about rowing: Peter Mallory's The Sport of Rowing: Two Centuries of Competition, a four-volume, 2500 page work. He just presented the latest two chapters, both of which focus on Parker yesterday on the website row2k.
League play is now underway in the Ancient Eight. The baseball and softball teams just finished two league double-headers and will play again this weekend, assuming the weather clears up a little. But the biggest news this week came from winter sports: Princeton’s basketball coach made a surprising announcement, and an Ivy League hockey player passed way after a two-year bout with leukemia. We’ll give you all the details in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.