10 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League office announced its 2006 Winter Academic All-Ivy honorees on Tuesday. To be recognized, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve on an officially recognized varsity team with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

The 10 student-athletes recognized from Penn were Radhika Ahluwalia (squash), Jesse Carlin (track & field), Eve Overton (fencing), Emily Petkun (gymnastics), Cameron Villarreal (swimming & diving), Steve Danley (basketball), Michael Galligan (fencing), Jacob Himmelrich (squash), Courtney Jaworski (track & field) and Lior Zamir (wrestling).

Ahluwalia, a team co-captain, went 9-5 in team play and 4-3 in individual play, finishing her season as the winner of the consolation bracket of the Ramsay Division at the CSA Individual Championships. She ended the season ranked 19th in the nation and was named a Second-Team All-American for the second time in her career.

Carlin successfully defended her 500-meter crown at the ECAC Championships in early March. She finished in a time of 1:11.80, just .03 seconds off her school record. At the Indoor Heptagonal Championships in February, the sophomore won the 400m in 55.66, becoming the first Quaker since 1992 to win the event. For her efforts in the 400m, Carlin was named first-team All-Ivy.

Overton went 19-8 in the regular season in the foil. She finished ninth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. At the IFA’s, she had Penn’s highest finish in the foil, placing second in the C Division.

An all-arounder, Petkun is a three-time NCAA regional qualifier and All-ECAC selection. This is her second Academic All-Ivy honor, and she has been named Penn’s most valuable gymnast the past two seasons. She currently holds multiple all-time top-five scores in the all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise. She is the first Penn gymnast to be a nominee for the American Award, the NCAA’s top individual award for gymnastics.

Villarreal helped lead the Quakers to their best finish ever at the Ivy League Championships. She placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 1,000-yard freestyle. The junior also was a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that set the school record, clocking in at 7:33.24.

Danley averaged 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Ivy League champion Quakers, and led the team with 84 assists as well as 25 blocked shots. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection for the second year in a row as Penn went 20-9 and won its second-straight Ivy League title. Earlier this month, he was a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection.

Galligan placed ninth for the second straight season at the NCAA Championships. The junior foilist is a three-time honorable mention All-America and second-team All-Ivy League selection.

Himmelrich, a team co-captain, had the most wins on the team with a 12-4 overall record in team play and a 5-1 Ivy League record. He went 4-1 at the CSA Individual Championships and was the runner-up in the Molloy Division.

Jaworski was named 2006 Athlete of the Meet at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships for his performance in the mile. He won it in a time of 4:04.34, setting an Indoor Heptagonal record. The senior earned two first-team selections and one second-team selection for All-Ivy in the indoor season.

Zamir wrestled at 165 pounds this year and earned honorable mention All-Ivy League. He finished second at the Keystone Classic and third at the Brockport Oklahoma Gold.