Four senior student-athletes are honored with 2004 awards.
May 17, 2004
Philadelphia - Seniors Brian Chaput (East Haven, Conn.) and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan (Wheaton, Ill.) were honored with the prestigious Class of 1915 Award and the Fathers' Trophy Award, respectively, as the top senior student-athletes at the University of Pennsylvania for the Class of 2004. Seniors Joe Fabiani (White Plains, N.Y.) and Kwak-Hefferan were honored as the 2004 Goldring and Frasier Award winners.
In a vote by the University of Pennsylvania coaching staff, Chaput became the second-straight men's track and field student-athlete (Sam Burley won in 2003) and just the third since 1980 to garner the Class of 1915 Award, which is given annually to the male senior that most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete and who has shown outstanding athletic, academic and leadership qualities. Chaput earned 2003 Academic All-America and was a NCAA All-American in the javelin as a junior. His accomplishments were numerous last year, as he was also the 2003 IC4A Champion, the 2003 Penn Relays Champion and the 2003 Heptagonal Champion. Chaput finished sixth at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships and was named Academic All-Ivy League. This year, the senior won the javelin at the 2004 Raleigh Relays, was named USTCA Mondo Athlete of the Week twice, became only the second male in Penn track and field history to win back-to-back titles at the 2004 Penn Relays and won the 2004 Heptagonal Ivy League Championship in the javelin where his throw of 241 feet was good enough for his third-straight Heptagonal title. Chaput will continue his senior season next weekend at the 2004 NCAA East Regionals in hopes of gaining a berth to the NCAA Championships to defend his title. He has also been nominated for his second-straight Academic All-America honor.
Kwak-Hefferan, who most recently awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was named the unanimous 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year by the League's coaches and was the lone unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree. She was also named Verizon Academic All-America as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second-straight season. After a second-team honor in 2002, Kwak-Hefferan received first-team honors in 2003. She is also a two-time AVCA All-Northeast Region team member and received honorable mention All-America honors by the AVCA this season - the only Ivy League student-athlete to be honored. Kwak-Hefferan is the all-time leader in career kills at Penn with 1,298 and is second all-time in career digs with 1,306. Her resume is plentiful and includes four-time All-Ivy League, three-time Academic All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-District II honoree and two-time national Academic All-America student-athlete honors. She has also earned several most valuable player awards at volleyball tournaments throughout her four-year career. A communications major, Kwak-Hefferan finished the 2003 regular season seventh in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.297) and fifth in kills (3.68 kpg).
In its fourth year of existence at the University of Pennsylvania, the Norman Goldring Award, which is given to one male and one female graduating student-athlete who attained the highest grade point average during their undergraduate years and lettered in a varsity sport in their senior year, was given to Fabiani and Kwak-Hefferan.
Fabiani, who is a member of the Penn men's track and field team, was also the winner of the George H. Frazier Award, given to the graduating student-athlete (male or female) with the highest grade point average as a member of the one of the following intercollegiate teams - football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, heavyweight, lightweight and women's crew, men's and women's track or men's and women's soccer. Fabiani was a member of Penn's 4 x Mile relay that finished sixth in this year's Penn Relays Championship of America event. He ran a personal best 3:50.41 for the 1500m at the 2004 Heptagonal Championships, taking fifth place, and indoors, Fabiani ran on Penn's distance medley relay team that finished fifth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
The University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department boasted five Ivy League championship teams in 2003-04 - Football, Volleyball, Women's Basketball and Women's Fencing. The gymnastics team captured both the Ivy Classic Championship and the ECAC title in 2004 and Penn had a host of individual honorees.
Written by Carla Zighelboim