Meet Three More Members of Hall of Fame Class VII

PHILADELPHIA - With the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class VII induction nearing, PennAthletics.com will be presenting a weekly series profiling some of the former athletes and coaches who will be inducted. The official ceremony will take place Saturday, May 8 at The Inn at Penn. That night,12 members will join the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame.

Week 1 release (Dionne Anthon, Doug Glanville, W. Kelso Morrill)

Bob Atkinson C'73, men's swimming
Prior to entering Penn, Bob Atkinson participated at the 1968 Olympic Trials. That was the precedent for what would be an outstanding swimming career at Penn.

Consider this: when he graduated in 1973, Atkinson held or was a part of no fewer than eight Sheerr Pool and/or varsity records: the 200-yard freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 individual medley (IM), 400 and 800 free relays, and 400 medley relay.

In 1971, Atkinson swam to All-America recognition in three events at the NCAA Championships-the 200-yard IM, the 800 free relay, and the 400 medley relay. The 1971 Quakers won the Ivy League's dual-meet title with a 7-0 record, including their first win over Yale in 55 years. (To give you a sense of Yale's dominance during that time, consider that prior to 1970-71 the Bulldogs had lost one Ivy/Army/Navy dual meet since 1962-63-to Army in 1965-66-and just three dual meets since 1946-47!). Penn then hosted and won the EISL Championships that March, scoring 309 points to outswim second-place Princeton. During that meet, Atkinson helped the 800 free relay team win the title, marking Penn's only relay win in the championship meet's history.

In 1972, Atkinson helped Penn earn All-America in the 800-yard free relay, while in 1973 he was an All-America in the 400-yard IM. Atkinson's best overall performance may have come at the 1973 EISL Championships, where the senior captain won three individual events and in the process set two meet records. He was crowned champion in the 200 IM (meet record 1:55.01), the 400 IM (meet record 4:05.68, shattering the previous mark of 4:08.84), and the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.34).

Atkinson was just the third Penn athlete to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, in 1973.

Francis Crossin C'47, men's basketball
Like many from his era, Frank "Chink" Crossin had his collegiate athletic career interrupted by World War II. He lettered in basketball three times at Penn: 1942-43, 1943-44, and-after serving two years in the Navy-1946-47.

Crossin was already a ballyhooed player during his high school days; in 1941 he led all Pennsylvania schoolboys in scoring. He was then the Quakers' leading scorer his first two seasons, scoring 237 points in 21 games in 1943 and 190 in only 14 games in 1944. On January 26, 1944, Crossin dropped 29 points in a 53-45 win over Swarthmore to break the school's single-game scoring record that had been set 23 years earlier by Danny McNichol. At the end of the 1944 season, he was named second-team All-America by Pic Magazine. (Pic's first team had a couple of notable names that year-George Mikan of DePaul, and Otto Graham of Northwestern.)

The Quakers' captain for both the 1943-44 and 1946-47 seasons, Crossin was a two-time recipient of the program's Arthur Kiefaber MVP Award, in 1943 and 1947. In 1944 and 1947, he was honored with the program's Bus McDonald Award as the Most Inspirational Player.

Following his Penn playing career, Crossin was the first-round pick of the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1947 Basketball Association of America (BAA) draft and played three years for the franchise. Prior to his third and final season, the BAA would change its name to one more familiar to today's basketball fan-the National Basketball Association, or NBA.

Crossin also played in the American Basketball League (ABL) for the Wilkes-Barre Barons, and coached the ABL franchise in Allentown in the early 1950s. Following that, he served in the state House of Representatives and was a Luzerne County Commissioner. Crossin also spent a number of years as a college basketball official in the ECAC.

Patricia Kennedy C'87, field hockey/women's lacrosse
Patty Kennedy starred for both the Quakers' field hockey and women's lacrosse teams during her stint at Penn. She was team captain for both teams and, in 1987, she was honored with the Julie Staver Award as Penn's top two-sport athlete.

As a member of the Penn field hockey team, Kennedy was a four-year letterwinner from 1983-86. In her final season as a member of the Red and Blue, Kennedy earned all-region and second-team All-Ivy honors as she guided the Quakers to theirthird Ivy League championship in her four seasons. Penn's 12 wins that season marked a school record at the time and still stands as third most in team history. In reaching the NCAA tournament for the second time in her career, Kennedy led the Quakers with seven assists and was second on the team in points with 10. Also that season, Kennedy was voted the winner of the Diane Angstadt Award as the team's most inspirational player.

That spring, Kennedy had an All-America season for the women's lacrosse team. She was second on the team with 19 goals and seven assists, including a career-high four goals in her final game as a collegiate athlete. For her efforts, Kennedy earned a plethora of postseason honors. She was selected as an honorable mention All-America and named Team MVP. She also garnered first-team All-Ivy recognition -- her third All-Ivy honor, as she was a second-team selection as a junior and received honorable mention recognition her freshman campaign.

Also following her senior year, Kennedy was the recipient of Penn's prestigious Association of Alumnae Fathers' Trophy.

In addition to her exploits on the playing fields at Penn, Kennedy was a member of three U.S. squads in lacrosse, from 1987-89. She also played on the initial under-23 squad that traveled to Scotland, England and Wales as a lead-up to the 1989 World Cup.

After working as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Princeton from 2000-05, she currently helps the Tigers as a volunteer assistant coach. Kennedy also works as a lecturer in the writing program at Old Nassau.