Spring Academic All-Ivy Honors Announced

PHILADELPHIA - The 2010-11 spring-season Academic All-Ivy honorees have been released, and 10 student-athletes from Penn have garnered Academic All-Ivy accolades. In all, 80 student-athletes throughout the Ivy League were recognized for their work both on the field and in the classroom. To be eligible for this award, the student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key reserve from an officially recognized varsity team. Each Ivy League institution nominated five men and women from its winter student-athletes.

Senior Brett Hughes (men's lacrosse) was an honorable mention USILA All-America and first-team All-Ivy selection on defense, helped Penn to its best Ivy League finish since 1989 (second), and its first NCAA appearance since 2006. He was also a USILA Scholar Athlete this year.

Another senior, Hicham Laalej (men's tennis), was one of just two unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections this season, the second time he has been honored during his Penn career. He went 5-2 in conference play at the No. 1 singles spot for the Red and Blue this spring.

Paul Shay (men's lightweight rowing) was captain and member of lightweight varsity 8 this spring. In addition, he was the University's male recipient for the Norman J. Goldring Award

Junior Scotty Williams (men's golf) missed the fall portion of the season due to a study abroad program. However, he was Penn's low scorer at Ivy League Championships, tying for fourth overall to earn first-team All-Ivy. As a sophomore, Williams was the 2010 Ivy League Championships medalist.

Grant Wilson (men's heavyweight rowing) was a member of the varsity 8 this spring as the Quakers won their first Cup race since 2006. Penn also finished 13th at EARC Sprints and was selected to row at the IRA Championships (national championship meet).

Another rower, senior Liz Donald (women's rowing), was an honoree. Donald was a four-year member of the varsity 8 boat and a three-time CRCA All-Region rower. In addition to helping Penn to its best success in more than 30 years, she was also a three-time national champion at USRowing events during her Penn career with her twin sister, Rebecca.

Elizabeth Kresock (women's golf) was a regular in the lineup for Penn, and finished t-27th at the Ivy League Championships. Overall this year, she played 22.5 tournament rounds, with her low score of 73 cong at the OMNI Financial Intercollegiate during spring break.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Leitner (women's lacrosse) was a second-team All-Ivy and IWLCA All-Region selection who finished with an 8.39 goals-against average (eighth nationally). She was the backstop as the Quakers won their fifth straight Ivy League title and advanced to the NCAA first round.

One of the most decorated players in program history, senior Alisha Prystowsky (softball) earned Academic All-Ivy for the second time in her career, a rarity. The catcher was a four-time All-Ivy pick during her career, including three first-team selections. Prystowsky led the Red and Blue in 11 offensive categories in 2011 including batting average, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI.

From the women's track team, senior Kali Strother was honored. The former Heptagonal Games champion earned second-team All-Ivy in three events at the 2011 Outdoor Heps (400, 4x100, 4x400) and also earned All-East in the 400.