PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors for the 2012 spring season. The 80 men and women, 10 of which were from Penn, were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each institution nominated five men and five women from its winter student-athletes.
Rising senior Matt Chylak, a member of the men's track team, is a five-time all-region and two-time All-Ivy recipient. He was a member of the school-record setting 4x800-meter relay team that claimed the outdoor heptagonal and IC4A titles in 2011. Most recently, he was the second leg for the 4x800 relay that finished third at the 2012 Outdoor IC4A Championships and claimed All-East accolades.
P.J. Fielding played in 10 of the Penn men's golf team's 11 tournaments this past season, finishing as the Quakers' low scorer three times. He earned first-team All-Ivy with a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in late April, helping the Red and Blue gain its third team title. He was second among Penn players at the NCAA South Central Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. For the year, the junior had a 74.8 stroke average, good for second on the team.
Rising senior James Shovlin occupied the four seat for the Penn lightweight varsity eight throughout much of the 2012 season. The Quakers topped Saint Joseph's and Delaware in their season opener and won a duel with M.I.T. on Senior Day. Shovlin then served as the bow for the Red and Blue varsity eight at Eastern Sprints where Penn finished ninth overall.
Mitchell Stein was a big part of the reason that Penn's heavyweight rowing team had its best season in the Greg Myhr regime in 2012. A consistent member of the varsity eight, Stein sat in the two seat for the Red and Blue at both EARC Sprints and IRAs - two regattas where the Quakers made big improvements. At Sprints, Stein and the varsity eight posted Penn's best finish since 2007, finishing 11th overall. That finish was good to earn an at-large bid to IRAs for the Quakers, where Stein and the varsity eight put together Penn's highest finish since 2001 with another 11th place finish.
A first-team All-Ivy selection for the second season in a row, Greg Zebrack hit .343 for the Quakers while leading the team in on-base percentage (.448), home runs (7), runs scored (34) and RBI (28). In Ivy League play, Zebrack was a consistent presence on the base paths as he hit safely in 16-of-20 Ancient Eight games. His finest outing of the season came against Villanova in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic where he went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks while driving in seven runs.
A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Erin Brennan graduated as Penn's second-leading all-time scorer for the six-time defending Ivy League champion women's lacrosse team. She finished her stellar career with 213 points, 60 of which came in her senior season to rank her 2012 campaign fourth on Penn's single-season scoring charts. Against Rutgers in March, Brennan dished out seven assists - a career high which also set Penn's single-game mark for helpers. Fittingly, Brennan finished her four-year run with 87 assists which sits second all-time among Penn players.
Samantha Erosa enjoyed a superb season as she helped the softball team win the South Division title and earn a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series (the Quakers were swept by Harvard). Erosa started 45 games at second base and was one of just three players to hit better than .300 and score 20 runs. She was second on the team in on-base percentage and hit .345 in Ivy play, helping her earn second-team All-Ivy recognition from the coaches. Erosa had seven multi-hit games and recorded a hit in 27 contests overall.
Jules Rodin was a junior captain for the women's tennis team, and received first-team All-Ivy in doubles alongside freshman Sol Eskenazi. The duo went 4-3 in Ivy play at No. 1 doubles this past season.
Recent graduate Victoria Strickland finished her track and field career as a two-time NCAA quarterfinalist and two-time second-team All-Ivy selection. She graduates atop the Penn record book as a member of the school standard-setting indoor 4x400-meter and sprint medley relay teams. Strickland also boasts the second-best outdoor 800 meters ever run at Penn and finished third all-time in the indoor 800.
Jennifer Werkmeister rowed for the women's rowing varsity eight this past year, and earned first-team College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Region recognition at the end of the season. The varsity eight went 4-7 overall this past spring, highlighted by its second straight win in the Orange Challenge Cup over Syracuse and Northeastern. The last time Penn won that race two years in a row was 1988-89.