PRINCETON, N.J. – After completion of the winter sport seasons for University of Pennsylvania athletics programs, 10 individuals were recently selected for 2013-14 Academic All-Ivy honors. The five men and five women student-athletes were starters or key reserves in their respective sports, and maintained a 3.0 or higher grade point average. The full list of Penn student-athletes and their accomplishments are below. (Ivy League release)
Alyssa Baron, Sr., Women's Basketball, Communication (Miami)
Senior Alyssa Baron was named the Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Year en route to women's basketball's first Ivy title and NCAA Tournament berth in 10 years. The Quakers matched a school record with 22 wins as Baron finished among the top 10 in the Ivy League in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and free throw percentage. The four-time first-team All-Big 5 honoree and four-time All-Ivy recipient finished second on Penn's all-time scoring list and ninth in Ancient Eight history with 1,806 career points and is among the top five all-time at Penn in assists, steals, made threes, made field goals, made free throws and free throw percentage.
John Dudzik, Sr., Men's Squash, Economic History (Greenwich, Conn.)
Senior co-captain John Dudzik helped lead Penn back to the College Squash Association national championships Potter Cup tournament for the first time since 2009, with an 8-4 (4-3 Ivy) regular season record and a final national ranking of eighth. Individually in 2013-14, he posted a 9-6 overall record including 4-3 in Ivy League play, playing in the No. 7-9 positions on the ladder. Dudzik was also recently named a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection.
Shelby Fortin, Sr., Women's Swimming & Diving, Architecture (Weston, Conn.)
Decorated as the best female swimmer to come through Penn, Fortin collected seven Ivy titles throughout her four years and set five individual schools records and was a part of four relay school records. This year at Ivies, she set a new meet record in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.69.
Courtney Jones, Sr., Women’s Squash, Nursing (Holden, Mass.)
Helping lead Penn to an 11-4 (6-1 Ivy) overall record and a fourth-place finish nationally in the College Squash Association national championship Howe Cup, senior co-captain Courtney Jones finished with an 11-4 (6-1 Ivy) individual record. Playing in the No. 3-5 positions on the ladder, Jones twice produced streak of five consecutive individual match victories. She also played in the CSA individual Ramsay Cup, going 2-2 over the weekend long tournament.
Casey Kent, So., Wrestling, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (Norristown, Pa.)
Casey Kent, a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection this season, went 19-9 this season competing at 165 pounds for Penn's wrestling program en route to a fourth-place finish at the EIWA Championships and second-team All-Ivy honors. Kent was 10-2 in dual meets, and won ten matches by shutout - including three 17-0 technical falls in the first period.
Diana Moock, Sr., Gymnastics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Brecksville, Ohio)
As a co-captain in her senior season, Diana Moock competed in all 10 meets for Penn, setting career-high marks in three events and the all-around. In January she recorded a career-high 37.425 on the all-around, before posting a 9.625 on floor in early February. In March, she scored a 9.750 on beam, and then recorded a 9.675 routine on bars later in the month to qualify for the U.S.A. Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals for the event. She was named ECAC Coaches' Choice Award recipient for the week ending Jan. 19.
Gabrielle Piper, Sr., Women’s Track & Field, Communication (Marietta, Ga.)
Senior Gabrielle Piper earned All-Ivy honors for the women's track & field team at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships. She is now a seven-time All-Ivy honoree, including two first-team honors. Three of those awards were earned in the 60-meter hurdles where she was a first-team recipient as the 2012 champion and garnered second-team status as the runner-up the last two seasons. In February, she scored in the event for the fourth straight year and finished just three-tenths behind the champion and her school record time of 8.49.
Clark Shurtleff, So., Men’s Track & Field, Materials Science and Engineering (Bethany, Conn.)
Sophomore Clark Shurtleff had an impressive indoor campaign for the men's track & field team before his season was cut short due to injury. Over the last three decades at Penn, only four men have run a faster indoor mile than Shurtleff's time of 4:08.21 which ranks ninth all-time in school history, and only two Quakers in the last 37 years have posted a better time in the indoor 3,000 meters than his effort of 8:13.99 at the Armory on Feb. 14 -- which ranks sixth all-time at Penn.
Chris Swanson, So., Men's Swimming & Diving, Undeclared – Wharton (Tampa, Fla.)
Swanson finished 9th in the 1650 free at the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships with a time of 14:49.6, earning All-America Honorable Mention. He improved almost four second from his time at Ivies. With his finish, Penn placed 35 – which was the highest placing Ivy team at championships.
Steven Yang, Jr., Men's Fencing, Economics (Princeton Junction, N.J.)
This year, men’s sabre finished with the top winning percentage out of the three weapons for Penn. Helping his team to 165 wins was Yang, who finished as the second best men’s sabre fencer on the team with 29 wins and 13 losses for a .690 winning percentage. At the fencing championships, Yang scored 86 touches and finished 11th with 11 bout wins out of 23. He earned All-American Honorable Mention.