Seven Spring Athletes Earn Academic All-Area

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Inquirer has released its Academic All-Area teams for the spring season, and several University of Pennsylvania athletes are among the honorees. The spring announcement was made in the July 19 issue.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area teams are voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 universities and colleges in the Philadelphia area. In the spring, teams are voted on in baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s rowing, and men’s golf.

The highlight came in women’s lacrosse, where junior Emma Spiro was named the Academic Performer of the Year by the sports information offices. A first-team All-America and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee for national player of the year, Spiro was co-Ivy League Player of the Year this season and helped the Quakers to a 15-3 record, a No. 2 national ranking, and advancement to the NCAA Championship semifinal round for the third year in a row.

The All-Area baseball team included junior Tom Grandieri, while the softball team included Alisha Prystowsky; both players were also All-Ivy honorees.

The men’s golf team put two players on the All-Area squad, as senior Mike Blodgett and junior Bryant Williams were among the six honorees. In women’s track, junior Anna Aagenes -- who nearly earned an NCAA bid in the 800 -- was Penn’s only representative. Finally, senior captain Katie Purdy earned a spot on the women’s rowing All-Area team.

In all, 18 Penn student-athletes received Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area for the 2008-09 academic year.