Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League released its list of Academic All-Ivy for the 2012-13 winter season. There were 80 men and women – 10 representing the University of Pennsylvania – who were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team. Each student-athlete nominated had a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point average.
Nabilla Ariffin, a tri-captain of the women’s squash team as a senior, finished the season as the 13th-ranked collegiate player in the nation. Ariffin was recently awarded CSA second-team All-America honors, marking the fourth consecutive season in which she has earned the award. She also received her third consecutive first-team All-Ivy selection after competing at the No. 1 position for Penn, compiling a 7-10 overall record and going 2-4 in the Ivy League. Ariffin advanced to the second round consolation quarterfinals of the Ramsay (A) Division at the CSA Individual Championships.
Alyssa Baron served as a tri-captain and led the women's basketball team to the second-most wins in program history and its first-ever postseason victories. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree, Baron led the Quakers in scoring for the third straight year with 14.1 points per game – fourth-best in the league. She was also second in the Ivy League in assists (3.8), steals (1.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3), and fifth in rebounding (6.4).
Davielle Brown set a personal best in the pole vault for the women's track and field team at Indoor Heps. She scored in the event with a clearance of 3.80 meters (12 feet, 5 1/2 inches). That mark is second-best all-time at Penn and one centimeter off the school record. Brown is also third all-time at Penn in the outdoor pole vault.
C.J. Cobb (wrestling) tied for the team lead with 25 wins this season, finishing the regular season ranked No. 11 in the country at 141 pounds. A second-team All-Ivy selection, Cobb was 7-2 in Ivy matches, and 12-3 against EIWA opponents. During the dual-meet season, Cobb was 11-2 which ranked second on the team. Cobb was at his best against top competition, registering a team-high seven wins against opponents inside the Top-20. In his first EIWA Championships, Cobb advanced to the finals, automatically qualifying for his first NCAA Championships appearance. Off the mat, Cobb is involved in the Penn Athletics Eco Reps project, working on promoting the "greening" of collegiate athletics.
Danny Greenberg, the lone senior and team captain of men’s squash, played the entire 2012-13 season as the Quakers No. 1 player on the ladder. He compiled a 4-13 individual overall record, and came up with three consecutive wins against Drexel, Williams and Navy. In Penn's opening-round match of the Hoehn Cup against Western Ontario, Greenberg took down Albert Shoihet at No. 1 in five tough games. He finished his career in the Red and Blue with a 21-44 overall record.
Dau Jok, a junior captain for the men's basketball team, played in 29 of Penn's 31 games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He had three double-figure scoring games and one double-digit rebounding game.
Megan Milavec is one of just two gymnasts to compete in the all-around in every meet for Penn this season. The senior was recently named first-team All-ECAC on beam – she tied for third place at the Championships with a 9.800 – and in the all-around when she placed third with a 38.650. Her performance helped Penn to its second-consecutive ECAC championship and fifth in program history. Additionally, Milavec was the only Quaker to be crowned as an individual champion at the 2013 Ivy Classic. She scored a career-high 9.900 on beam, the third-highest score in program history, for the title. With her 2013 ECAC honor Milavec now has a total of four during her time in the Red and Blue.
The NCAA men's sabre national champion, junior Michael Mills was nearly untouchable throughout men’s fencing’s 2012-13 season. He compiled a 36-5 record in team bouts and earned the individual sabre title at the season-opening Garret Open before later earning first-team All-Ivy accolades for his performance at the Ivy League Round-Robins. Finishing third in the round-robin portion of the NCAA Fencing Championships, Mills fought his way to the national title with a come-from-behind, 15-14 win over Adrian Bak of Penn State in a semifinal bout before cruising past another Nittany Lion, Shaul Gordon, by a score of 15-9 to capture the crown.
A first-team All-American as a freshman, Luona Wang (women’s fencing) avoided any kind of sophomore slump from the very beginning. In the season-opening Garret Open, Wang became the first Penn foilist to win the individual title since 1979. She went on to post a 39-12 record in team bouts during the season, good for a team-best .765 winning percentage. After qualifying for the NCAA Fencing Championships, she closed out the meet in fifth place in the foil competition, just missing out on a return trip to the national semifinals but good enough to be named a second-team All-American.
A men’s swimming and diving team captain as a junior, Rhoads Worster led the Quakers throughout the 2012-13 season and ended the year with two school-record performances. At the Ivy League Championships, Worster lowered his previous school record in the 100 butterfly even more, dropping it from 48.14 to 47.99 and placing fourth overall. Later in the Championships, he swam the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay, closing out the competition with a new Penn record time of 2:58.48.