PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in winter sports for the 2009-10 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 women from its eligible student-athletes.
An honorable-mention All-Ivy selection, Sarah Bucar led the women's basketball team in points, assists, steals, threes and minutes played during the 2009-10 season. A senior communications major, Bucar served as a two-time team captain and finished second in the Ivy League in minutes played. She also placed in the Top 10 in the Ivy League in assists with 78, and steals with 41 - leading the team in each category. The Trafford, Pa., native led the Quakers in scoring in six different games, including a career-high 25 points against Lafayette on Dec. 2 - the highest scoring output by any member of the Red and Blue in 2009-10. Her 7.6 points per game led the team, as did her 32 threes.
Junior Gabriel Burak led the wrestling team with 34 wins this season, qualifying for his first NCAA Championships. Over the course of the season, Burak pinned his opponent 12 times, breaking the program record for falls in a season previously held by two-time NCAA champion Matt Valenti and Rick Springman. Burak, who went 3-2 in Ivy League duals, was named honorable mention All-Ivy at 165 pounds in his first year as a full-time starter for the Quakers.
Junior men's squash player Porter Drake was arguably the team's most consistent player this year. He finished the season with a team best 10-5 overall record, playing at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. This marks the second year in a row that Drake had the squad's best mark. He closed the year with four straight wins, including three victories at the College Squash Association Team Championships, anchoring Penn to its "B Division" national title.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz is the reigning Heptagonal champion in the indoor triple jump. A first-team indoor All-Ivy selection in 2010, she became just the seventh Quaker to ever surpass 12 meters en route to her heptagonal title. She is now fourth all-time at Penn in the indoor triple jump. Gevitz is a two-time All-Ivy selection and also ranks in the top 10 all-time at Penn in the outdoor triple jump and outdoor long jump.
Vidur Kapur, a sophomore on the men's fencing team, was a key component of Penn's eighth place finish at the Fencing National Championships this year. Kapur finished 11th in foil, earning honorable mention All-America honors for the first time in his career. On the season he won 30 bouts, tied for the second highest total on the entire team. Kapur was also instrumental in Penn's second place finish at the Ivy League Championships, as he finished with the seventh best record among foil fencers.
Sophomore Laura Klick of the women's swimming team was one of Penn most consistent swimmers this year. She was one of the top two swimmers in breaststroke events throughout the year, culminating at the Ivy League Championships. In the Championships she had three top ten performances, taking ninth in the 100 yard breaststroke and finishing seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke. In the 200 yard I.M., Klick set a new school record (2:02.78) and finished sixth.
Senior Christina Matthias, a member of the women's squash team, finished the regular season 12-1 overall and 6-1 against Ivy opponents, including 11 consecutive wins. In a year where the Quakers played for both the Ivy title and the national crown, she helped Penn to a No. 2 national ranking throughout the season. Matthias also advanced to the Round of 16 in the Holleran Division at the College Squash Association Individual Championships.
Brendan McHugh was one of the Quakers' top swimmers this year. The sophomore didn't lose a race in the 100 yard or 200 yard breaststroke during the regular season. In the Ivy League Championships he earned second-team All-Ivy honors after finishing second in the 100 yard breaststroke. He also recorded a pair of third place finishes, in the 200 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard I.M. In the I.M., McHugh broke his own school record by more than half a second (1:47.04). The sophomore also helped Penn to a fourth place finish as a team, its best Ivy Championships finish in 34 years.
Sophomore Zack Rosen -- a first-team All-Ivy and second-team NABC All-District honoree -- led the Ivy League in scoring this season, both overall (17.7 ppg) and in conference play (18.7). He finished the year with double-figure scoring games in all 14 Ivy League contests, the longest streak by a Penn player since Ibrahim Jaaber started the 2005-06 season with 15 such games. Rosen also led the Ivy League in free throw percentage at 86.2 percent. The sophomore dished out 124 assists, becoming the first player since the statistic started being kept in 1978-79 to have 100 or more assists each of his first two seasons. He also hit 71 three-point shots, the most since Tim Begley knocked down 76 in 2004-05. A true ironman, Rosen played 1,039 minutes this season, an average of 37.1 per game which topped the Ivy League.
Stephanie Wheeler of the women's fencing team was instrumental in helping the Quakers to their eighth place finish at the NCAA Fencing Championships this year. The junior, Penn's lone epee fencer, won eight bouts and took 17th place at the Championships. It was a second best finish among all weapons on her team. Wheeler also won ten bouts in the Ivy League Championships and led all epee fencers, with 32 victories. The mark was the fourth highest on the team.