2003-04 Ivy League Players of the Year

May 26, 2004

Jewel Clark, Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Senior women's basketball student-athlete Jewel Clark was named the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year by the eight head coaches of Ivy League schools. Clark was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection. Clark finished the regular season averaging 19.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week twice this season and finished the Ivy League campaign second in scoring and third in rebounding. She was also fourth in the Ancient Eight in steals (2.0). Clark finished the regular season No. 21 in NCAA Division I in scoring.

Clark, who earned her third-straight first-team All-Ivy League honor this season, finished the regular season among the all-time leaders at Penn in several categories. She is second in career scoring with 1,743 points and her 543 points in 2003-04 places her sixth all-time at Penn. She is also sixth on the field goals made in a season list with 204 and is second all-time in field goals made in a career with 630. Also proficient from the charity stripe, Clark made 144 free throws this season which places her sixth all-time at Penn, and her career total of 475 free throws made and 1,355 field goals made leads the all-time lists. The Waldorf, Md., native also stands third in career rebounds with 933 and fourth in career steals with 204.

Elisabeth Kwak- Heffernan, Volleyball Player of the Year
University of Pennsylvania senior volleyball student-athlete Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan (Wheaton, Ill.) has been named the 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year in a unanimous vote by the League's coaches. Kwak-Hefferan, who helped lead Penn to three-straight Ivy League titles, was also the lone unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree. Kwak-Hefferan is the all-time leader in career kills at Penn with 1,287 and is second all-time in career digs with 1,293. Her accolades are numerous - four-time All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-District II honoree and national Academic All-America student-athlete. She has also earned several most valuable player awards at volleyball tournaments throughout her four-year career. A communication major, Kwak-Hefferan finished the 2003 regular season seventh in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.304) and fifth in kills (3.72 kpg). Kwak-Hefferan is Penn's fifth Ivy League Volleyball Player of the Year and the first since Melissa Ingalls won the award in 1987 and 1988.

Mike Mitchell, Football Player of the Year
For the final time in his Penn football career, senior quarterback Mike Mitchell led his Quakers teammates to yet another record - this time off the field - as the Orlando, Fla. native was named the Ivy League's Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy. Mitchell was one of a record 12 first-team nods that the Red and Blue received, breaking the previous mark of 10 first-teamers set by Yale in 1974. Mitchell threw a program-record 26 touchdown passes in 2003, finishing his career with 47, which places him second all-time at Penn and seventh all-time in Ivy history. He finished the season as the Ancient Eight's top-rated passer with a quarterback rating of 150.2, completing a league-best 62.7 percent of his passes (200-of-319) with just seven interceptions. His 274.4 passing yards per game ranked second in the Ivies, while his 2,470 passing yards was the third-best single-season performance in Red and Blue history.

Mikhail Bekker, Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year
Freshman Mikhail (Michael) Bekker has been named the 2004 Men's Tennis Ivy League Rookie of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. Bekker, who hails from Moscow, Russia and is just 17 years old, earned the Penn men's tennis program's first individual honor since the award began in 1988. Penn's rookie played at No. 1 and 2 for the Quakers this past season and faced some of the best opposition the League had to offer. He went 20-13 overall and 2-5 in the Ancient Eight in his first season in the Red and Blue. Bekker's performances throughout the year also earned him a nomination for ITA Rookie of the Year and ITA Player to Watch. He was also given the Peter K. Riley Award by the Friars Senior Society of the University of Pennsylvania as the Freshman of the Year.