PRINCETON, N.J.- The Ivy League has announced its Academic All-Ivy performers for the spring season, and ten Penn student athletes have earned the honor. Five male and five female athletes were recognized by the league for their outstanding performances both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Craig Andrzejewski was the first Penn lacrosse player to earn first-team All-Ivy since Will Phillips and Patrick Connelly in 2004. A native of Parkton, Md., he led the Quakers with 23 goals and 40 points, and was second on the team with 17 assists. Among Ivy players, Andrzejewski was third in points per game, fourth in assists per game, and eighth in goals per game. He had a team-leading seven multi-goal games, and at least two points in all but two contests this season. Andrzejewski -- who became the latest member of Penn’s 100-point club at Towson on April 26 -- was also fifth on the squad with 18 ground balls. Andrzejewski is a political science major.
Michael Blodgett capped off a stellar junior season by becoming the first Quaker golfer to win medalist honors at the Ivy League Championships in April. In the second round of that tournament, Blodgett matched the Galloway (N.J.) National Golf Club course record that had been set in the first round; prior to that day, the course record was held by Hale Irwin. Blodgett -- a GCAA All-Region selection -- competed in all nine events in which Penn participated in 2007-08, and finished with a team-best stroke average of 73.5 over 20 rounds. The San Luis Obispo, Calif. native was Penn’s No. 1 finisher in seven events, and in addition to his Ivy title, Blodgett finished first overall at Don Mershon Classic (75-75--150) and tied for first overall vs. UC San Diego with a 75. Blodgett is a political science major.
Michael Hall finished second at the Heptagonal Championships in the decathlon earlier this spring. The Avondale, Pa. native was the male recipient of the University's Goldring Award as the senior male student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. Hall is a chemistry and biology major.
Jason Pinsky earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy status for the third straight season. The Potomac, Md. native, who captained the Quakers this season, went 5-2 in Ivy League singles play at the top spot in the Quakers' lineup. He also formed half of the team's regular number one doubles team which compiled a 5-2 record in Ivy play. Pinsky is a philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) major.
Nadan Sehic rowed on the varsity heavyweight boat at the Eastern Sprints. From Scranton, Pa., Sehic helped the boat finish fourth in their final. Sehic is a French and finance major.
Jesse Carlin has had a stellar year, both indoors and outdoors -- she was a two-time All-America at the NCAA indoor Championships in March, and enters the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week having already won the 800 at the Heptagonal, ECAC, and NCAA East Region championship meets. Last month, the Staten Island native was named the University's Association of Alumnae Fathers' Award recipient, an honor that is considered the highest for a senior female student-athlete at Penn. Carlin is a biological basis of behavior major.
Meg Gilley was a first-team selection to the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Region team. From Rochester, N.Y., she rowed on Penn’s varsity eight this spring, which placed fifth in the grand final at the EAWRC Sprints on May 18. It marked the first time the program’s varsity eight made the grand final since 1991, and the best finish in the varsity race since 1982. Penn’s varsity boat was ranked 19th nationally in the latest CRCA/USRowing national poll, which was released May 21. Gilley is an environmental studies major.
Christina Khosravi finished her collegiate softball career as one of the most prolific hitters in Penn history. The 2006 and 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, she became just the fourth player in league history to receive the honor twice. Finishing her career with 20 home runs and more than 100 RBI, she became just the second Quaker ever to reach those milestones. Khosravi led the 2008 team with nine home runs and set school records with 42 walks and 15 doubles. The San Diego native also set a school record with an Ivy League-best .548 on-base percentage. Khosravi is an economics major.
Eketerina Kosminskaya was a first team All-Ivy selection in singles and a second team selection in doubles. The native of Moscow, Russia was a 2008 NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship Qualifier with partner Julia Koulbitskaya. The pair won the William & Mary Invitational Doubles championship along with the Cissie Leary Doubles championship. With an overall record of 16-8 in singles and 20-4 in doubles in 2007-08, Kosminskaya notched four wins over ranked opponents. Kosminskaya is a business major.
Sarah Waxmananchored the nation's leading women’s lacrosse defense with a 6.27 goals-against average and a .502 save percentage. The Washington, D.C. native was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and was the first Quaker to receive the honor since 1986. During the course of the season, Waxman never allowed any team to score more than 10 goals this season, and during Ivy play she boasted an incredible 5.38 goals-against average. Waxman is a sociology major.