A storied tradition began when Athletic Director Steve Bilsky, W'71 initiated the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame to honor those individuals that donned the Red and Blue, showed constant "Penn Pride" as athletes and coaches and currently serve as role models for our coaches and student-athletes of today's generation. There are Olympians, All-Americans, record-holders, League Players of the Year and most importantly, citizens of Penn, that distinguish our University like none other.
Andy Muhlstock brought acclaim to the Penn baseball program from the top of the hill from 1973-75. He finished his Quaker pitching career with a 29-5 overall record and led the team to its first Ivy League/EIBL Championship since 1943 during his senior season, with a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the league.
The year 1965-66 will be forever remembered by Penn basketball fans as a season of excitement. For it was that year that the indomitable duo of Stan Pawlak and Jeff Neuman, along with head coach Jack McCloskey, brought fame, and plenty of press attention, to Philadelphia. The Quakers won their first Ivy League Championship that season, behind the stellar play of first-team All-Ivy League and All-Big 5 standouts Neuman and Pawlak, with a 19-6 overall record and a 12-2 Ivy League mark. But the excitement of Penn's championship season rode even higher around the country as the NCAA imposed a strict rule on its membership, and the Ivy League, based on its own principles, decided to boycott the postseason tournament that year.
On the fencing front, Bob Parmacek reigned supreme for the Quakers from 1950-53. In his final season, Parmacek led the Penn fencing team to its first NCAA Fencing Championship, which was incidentally held at Hutchinson Gym. Parmacek was a two-time Eastern Champion in the sabre, won the NCAA Sabre Championship in 1953 and earned All-American honors twice in his career.
Anne Townsend was an athletic icon before she even stepped onto the playing fields at Penn. Townsend played a key part in the growth of field hockey and lacrosse as intercollegiate sports for women at Penn in the early 1920s and went on to become the captain of the U.S. Field Hockey team for 15 years. Another pioneer, Betsy Crothers, laid an important foundation for women's sports as a participant in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and tennis in the late 1940s. She was twice the captain of the field hockey, basketball and tennis teams and was elected a charter member of Athlon, an athletic honor society for women. Lisa Romig was an outstanding addition to both the field hockey and lacrosse teams when she began her Penn career in the Fall of 1978. After four seasons, Romig produced the Quakers' first Ivy League field hockey championship in 1981 and two Ivy League lacrosse titles in 1980 and 1982. She was a three-time All-Ivy League attacker in field hockey and still holds the Penn record for most points in a career with 101. Nicky Hitchens also brought fame to the Penn field hockey program when she helped lead the team to the 1988 NCAA Field Hockey Championship semifinals at Franklin Field. Hitchens earned Ivy League Player of the Year honors as a senior after leading the Quakers to three Ivy League Championships. She also represented Penn field hockey on the Ivy League Silver Anniversary Honor Roll in 1998.
Franklin Field has seen its share of great athletes, on the track, the field hockey and lacrosse fields, and also on the football gridiron. Bert Bell was the quarterback of the 1916 Penn football team that made the only appearance in Quakers' history at the Rose Bowl. Bell could not get Franklin Field out of his blood though, and after graduation, he spent several years as an assistant coach for Penn under John Heisman. He then bought an NFL team - the Philadelphia Eagles - which played their home games at the historic stadium. Bell, at age 65, died in the place that gave him so much pleasure, Franklin Field. Josiah McCracken also made his home at Franklin Field as a football player from 1897-1901. A four-year letterwinner for the Quakers, McCracken finished his career with an overall mark of 47-5-2. He was a part of the second-highest scoring team in Penn history, when the 1897 team scored 443 points and went 15-0. As a track and field standout, McCracken came back to Franklin Field in the spring and set the world record in the hammer throw in 1898.
Don Norbury was one of Penn's most prolific golfers, and still stands as the only Quaker to record back-to-back individual Eastern/Ivy League Championships. In 1960, Norbury led the Penn team to the Ivy League Championship and was named an All-American with some formidable company - Dean Beman (1959 British Amateur Champion), Jack Nicklaus (USGA National Amateur Champion), Dick Crawford (1959 NCAA Champion), Jack Cupit (1959 NCAA co-medalist) and John Konsek (Three-time Big 10 Champion).
The Penn gymnastics scene was taken by surprise with the arrival of one Barbara Cantwell. She served notice to the country that Penn Gymnastics was here to stay by winning three straight Ivy League all-around titles and three Eastern Regional all-around championships from 1980-82. She received the Father's Trophy Award in 1982 and was named to the Ivy League Silver Anniversary Honor Roll by her peers in 1998.
Sean Colgan was a part of two Ten Eyck Award national championship teams for Penn rowing as well as a member of the 1977 San Diego Crew Classic gold medal-winning varsity eight. He went on to claim international fame as the only oarsman in the world to have represented his country in the Junior Olympics, Olympics and World Championships in rowing, both port and starboard, sweep and sculling, and as a lightweight and heavyweight.
The Penn swimming and diving program boasts three inductees to the Hall of Fame this year. Doris Dannenhirsch was a heralded swimmer before even coming to Philadelphia, but once here, she did not stop with just swimming. Dannenhirsch was the mother of the Pennguinettes, Penn's synchronized swimming group, and helped pioneer the sport of "water ballet" by choreographing aquatic shows across the Northeast. Dannenhirsch was affiliated with the University from 1943-77, a span of 35 years of exemplary service to her fellow classmates and swimming charges. Lou Kozloff was Penn's shining light at Hutchinson Pool from 1963-65, once he got in the water. Kozloff had never swam competitively until his sophomore year at Penn. The novice freestyler won the 1965 100-yard free at the Eastern Championships and was the first Penn swimmer to qualify in three different events for the NCAA Swimming Championships in the same year. On the diving board, Rob Cragg was a two-time All-American, and after finishing fourth on the one-meter board at the 1975 NCAA Diving Championships, led Penn to its highest placing ever at the national championships with a 17th-place finish. Cragg continued his love for the sport, and for Penn, by returning to his alma mater to serve as the diving coach from 1987-91.
The storied history of the University of Pennsylvania track and field program could not have begun without the talent of this year's Hall of Fame inductees. Nate Cartmell was a three-time Intercollegiate champion in both the 100 and 220-yard dashes and led the Quakers to their first Intercollegiate title in 1905. Cartmell went on to represent Penn and the United States at the 1906 Olympics and won a gold medal as part of the Sprint Medley Relay team. Coach Lawson Robertson recruited half-miler Larry Brown from the Penn tennis team to the track of Franklin Field. Brown made an immediate impact on the Quakers' track program as a part of the championship mile relay at the Millrose, New York Athletic Club and Johns Hopkins Games in 1919. His relay team then won the 1921 sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays before Brown broke the world record in the 1,000-yard run at Franklin Field on June 8, 1921. Robertson served as Brown's, and many others, coach at Penn from 1916-47. Five of his Penn teams won the Indoor National Track Championship and during his 31 years at Penn, he molded over a dozen world record holders, including Brown and Hall of Fame member Ted Meredith, W'16. More recently, Denis Fikes was a heralded track performer for Penn from 1970-74. A three-sport letterwinner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Fikes still holds individual Penn records in the indoor mile and 3,000 and in the outdoor 1,500 and steeplechase. In all, Fikes won seven Heptagonal Championships and one IC4A title.
On the wrestling mats, Dave Pottruck led the Quakers to a 27-2-1 overall record and two Ivy League Championships in three seasons. He was a two-time EIWA placewinner and helped Penn to 18 consecutive dual-meet wins. Pottruck continued his support for the Quakers' wrestling program by serving as its freshman coach and leading that team to an undefeated season in 1971, while also helping the varsity team claim another Ivy League Championship.
Eliot Berry was one of Penn's most prominent three-sport athletes, having earned varsity letters in football, squash and tennis. Berry went 54-2 in squash, recorded 141 points for the Penn football team as a placekicker and a 15-2 singles record on the tennis courts. Berry claimed international fame playing No. 1 for the U.S. squash team at the 1977 World Championships.
More than statistics, more than honors, more than records, these 23 athletes and coaches earned themselves the distinction as the next class of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame with one common attribute - Penn Pride. Each made the commitment to make Penn the best it could be during their tenures on the fields, courts and in the pools of the University of Pennsylvania and we congratulate them for those accomplishments here tonight.