Ivy League release
PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its Academic All-Ivy selections for the 2013 spring season, and 10 Penn athletes -- five men, five women -- have been recognized.
A first-team All-Ivy selection and the Big 5 Player of the Year, Ryan Deitrich started all 43 games for the Quakers -- the only Penn player to do so. He made the most of his time, leading not only the Red and Blue, but also the Ivy League, in batting average (.382) and on-base percentage (.500) while tying for the Ancient Eight lead in hits with 55.
Daren Frankel rowed in Penn’s heavyweight rowing varsity eight which won a pair of races, defending its title in the McCausland Cup against George Washington in March in addition to a win over Georgetown. In May, Frankel was in his usual fifth seat in the V8 as Penn finished 10th at EARC Sprints -- the best result for the heavyweights since 2007. While competing for Penn, Frankel has also put himself in position to row for his country, earning a selection to the USRowing U23 National Team Selection Camp this summer in hopes of making the team for the World Championships in Austria this July.
Junior Max Marsico enjoyed another stellar year for the men’s golf program, earning GCAA All-Region for the third time in as many tries and finishing as Penn’s low scorer in every tournament he played. Marsico capped his year by tying for second place at the Ivy League Championships, earning first-team All-Ivy recognition. He finished the year with a team-low 72.9 stroke average.
Anthony Santomo was a senior captain for men’s lacrosse and led a defense that topped the nation in goals-against average, and individually he finished the year 10th nationally in caused turnovers per game. Santomo received USILA All-America honorable mention recognition and was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, and he was also named a USILA Scholar All-America and played in the USILA’s North/South All-Star Game during the NCAA’s championship weekend in Philadelphia.
Sam Shawwas a member of the lightweight varsity 8 boat throughout the 2013 campaign and helped the Quakers back to the IRA regatta for the first time in three years where the Red and Blue won the Petite Final and finished seventh in the nation.
Sophomore Amanda Chin earned second-team All-Ivy for the second time in as many years for the women’s golf team, tying for seventh at the Ivy League Championships in late April. She had a team-low 75.5 stroke average and shot a school-record 68 at the Yale Fall Intercollegiate.
Brooke Coloma earned first-team All-Ivy and second-team Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors en route to leading softball to its second Ivy League championship and first-ever NCAA appearance. She set the school’s all-time mark with 123 career RBI in addition to the new Penn single-season mark with 19 stolen bases. Coloma also finished her career in the top five all-time at Penn in at-bats, hits, runs, home runs and stolen bases.
Alison O’Connor was a two-year captain for the women’s rowing team and rowed on the varsity 8 this year which went 10-16 overall including wins against Tennessee, Michigan State, Texas, Indiana and Northeastern.
Maddie Poplawski made Ivy League history this season, setting a new Ancient Eight mark for career draw controls with 176. A team captain, Poplawski had 44 draw controls in her senior season, adding 17 goals as she earned her fourth Ivy League championship -- part of a seven-year run of Ivy titles for Penn. An All-Tournament selection as the Quakers won the program’s second Ivy League Tournament, Poplawski had three goals and four draw controls over two games to help Penn secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field. Poplawski was named second-team All-Ivy, giving her three All-Ivy selections in her career.
Senior Morgan Wheeler capped a stellar career for the women’s track & field team with her third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships in the javelin. She finished third all-time at Penn in the javelin, fifth in the pentathlon, sixth in the outdoor high jump, and seventh in the heptathlon.