10 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Ivy for Fall Season

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League announced its Academic All-Ivy teams for the fall season. Ten student-athletes from the University of Pennsylvania were among the 80 student-athletes in the Ivy League to receive these honors.

To be eligible for Academic All-Ivy the student-athletes were required to be a starter or key reserve on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. Each institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

Jon Abelson (Men’s Soccer), Ben Drane (Sprint Football), Courtney Jaworski (Men’s Cross Country), Don Snyder (Football), Erik Violante (Men’s Soccer), Carolyn Cross (Women’s Soccer), Claire Kim (Women’s Cross Country), Lea Salese (Field Hockey), Cara Thomason (Volleyball) and Robin Watson (Women’s Soccer) represented the Quakers for the 2005 fall season.

Abelson served as the teams captain and earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. Fellow senior Violante leaves Penn as one of the most productive defenders. The finance and marketing major finished his career with nine goals and six assists.

Drane was a captain on this year’s sprint football team. The Atco, N.J. native was a four-time All-Collegiate Sprint Football League selection. Snyder, a religious studies major, was a captain and two-time honorable mention All-Ivy League honoree as an offensive lineman.

Jaworski was an NCAA Cross Country Championship qualifier and a second-team All-Ivy League selection this fall. He finished ninth at the Heptagonal Championships to lead the Quakers to a fourth place finish. This is his third Academic All-Ivy honor. Kim, a sophomore, is the lone underclassmen to earn Academic All-Ivy. Kim was named second-team All-Ivy League for she placed eighth at the Heptagonal Championships with a time of 17:33.9 to break the Penn record at Van Cortland Park.

Cross and Watson represented women’s soccer. Cross was the Quakers top-scorer with 17 points on the season and she earned second-team All-Ivy League honors for her efforts. She was also a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District honoree. Watson started every game of her career at sweeper and she became the second player in Penn history to earn first-team All-Ivy at least three times.

Salese leaves Penn a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection. In addition to Ivy League honors, she was named second-team NFHCA All-American and first-team Mid-Atlanctic All-District in 2005. She led the team in scoring with eight goals and three assists and led the Ivy League with five game-winning goals.

Thomason is a four-time All-Ivy selection and two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree. She leaves Penn as the all-time leader in digs (1,525) and fourth in kills (973). She was also named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team All-District.