PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced its Academic All-Ivy selections for the 2015-16 winter season. Each season, 10 student-athletes from each Ancient Eight school -- five men, five women -- are selected Academic All-Ivy. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Ivy, a student-athlete must be in his/her second year at Penn and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
Penn is represented this winter by the following athletes:
Zsombor Garzo (So., Budapest, Hungary) led the way for a Penn men’s fencing team that earned the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking, and first Ivy League team title since 2009. En route to being named first-team All-Ivy and third-team All-America, Garzo racked up a team-best 62 wins in dual matches. He also led the epee squad to a first-place finish at the United States Collegiate Squad Championships, which helped Penn to a third-straight overall title.
Abby Hong (So., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) compiled four top-five finishes during the indoor women’s track season, including a second-place showing as part of the distance medley at Heps. Hong also put together a 40th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional in the fall, and placed fourth in the 3,000 at the 2015 Outdoor Heps Championships.
Casey Kent (Sr., Norristown, Pa.) finished fourth at 174 pounds at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Madison Square Garden, earning All-America honors for the first time in his career. His six wins at the national tournament tied for the most ever by a Quaker at the NCAA Championships, and propelled him to Penn’s highest-ever finish at 174. Unseeded entering the tournament, Kent was the highest-finishing unseeded All-America at the Championships. Kent won 31 matches overall in 2015-16, and earned second-team All-Ivy honors for the third time in his career.
Hayes Murphy (So., Greenwich, Conn.) helped the men’s squash team to its best finish at the Potter Cup since 2007. He went 9-8 and was named a second-team College Squash Association (CSA) All-America and first-team All-Ivy. Murphy competed most of the season at the second spot on Penn’s ladder, going 3-4 in Ivy play. He finished his season by winning the D bracket of the Molloy Cup with a thrilling, 3-2 win (after trailing 2-0) over Trinity’s Tom De Mulder.
Eric Schultz (Sr., North Wales, Pa.) won a pair of Ivy League swimming championships in February, including his second-straight title in the 200 free. In addition to successfully defending his 200 crown with a time of 1:35.22, Schultz also posted the top mark in the 100 free (43.19). Schultz went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 50, 100, and 200 free events, as well as the 400-free relay.
Elyse Shenberger (Sr., Hummelstown, Pa.) was a two-time USAG All-America who earned two individual uneven bars titles this season. She competed in her final Ivy Classic in February and won a share of the uneven bars title with a 9.85, and added the ECAC title in March with a 9.825.
Sydney Stipanovich (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) became the first women’s basketball player in Ivy League history to be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. In leading Penn to its second Ivy title in three years, Stipanovich led the Ancient Eight in rebounding at 10.1 boards per game, and finished the season as the only player in the league to average a double-double (12.8 ppg). She also ended the year second in blocked shots per game (2.6).
Yan Xin Tan (Sr., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) was a four-time CSA All-American and First-team All-Ivy selection. She completed her college career with a 15-1 senior season, going 7-0 in the Ivy League. The former Ivy League Rookie of the Year finished her career with a 52-18 record, including 22-5 in the Ancient Eight. Tan also was runner-up for the CSA’s prestigious Richey Award, given annually to a senior women’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during her collegiate career.
Alejandra Trumble (Jr., Cambridge, Mass.) tallied a 14-3 record at the 2016 Ivy League Fencing Championships, including a perfect 6-0 mark on Day Two, to win the conference epee title. Trumble’s efforts signified Penn’s seventh first-team All-Ivy selection, and the first since 2011. She also placed 10th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic South Regional, her third-straight top-14 finish at the event. Trumble has led Penn’s epee squad over the past three seasons, tallying a combined record of 139-82 in dual matches.
Jeff Wiseman (So., Holland, Pa.) placed second in the 500 meters at the 2016 Indoor Heps Championships, racing to a time of 1:03.65. His efforts this season come a year after winning the crown in 2015, while also scoring as part of Penn’s 4x800-meter relay (fourth). Wiseman also scored at the 2015 Outdoor Heps in the 400 meters (fourth) and 4x400 relay (fifth).