Ten Quakers Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy Distinction

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League has announced its Academic All-Ivy selections for the winter season, and the University of Pennsylvania has placed ten athletes on the team.

Five female athletes and five male athletes were honored by the league.

Ainsley Cookingham, a sophomore economics major on the swimming and diving team, made the finals in both backstroke events at the Ivy League championships. Only teammate Sara Coenen prevented Cookingham from setting two school records at the meet. Noted by head coach Mike Schnur as “one of the best backstrokers in school history,” she also scored points for Penn in the 100-fly at Ivy League championships. Cookingham, a native of Spring, Texas, is a member of the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Shaunee Morgan, a senior political science major on the track and field team, won the 200-meter dash at this year’s Indoor Heptagonal Championships. She ran the second leg of Penn’s seventh-place DMR team at NCAA Championships, earning All-America status. The Brooklyn native was the 2006-07 team MVP, holding both the indoor (24.33) and outdoor (24.05) school records in the 200-meter dash.

Sophomore Marissa Rosen earned her first Academic All-Ivy selection this year. The gymnast qualified for her second NCAA Regionals in all-around, and will compete at Penn State on April 12. At the ECAC Championships, she scored a 9.900 on floor to win the event – her first ECAC title and Penn’s first since 2001. She also scored a 39.125 in the all-around – a personal-best and good for second place. At the Ivy Classic, the Annandale, Va. native scored a 9.750 on vault to win the championship.

Sydney Scott, a sophomore on the women’s squash team, was a mainstay in the upper half of the Quakers’ ladder as they went undefeated in the regular season, claiming both the Ivy League title and regular season dual match title. Finishing the season ranked sixth in the nation, the native of Wilmington, Del. won all three of her matches at the Howe Cup, including a 3-1 victory at the No. 2 spot against Trinity that propelled the Quakers to their first final since 1999-2000. Scott also was a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honoree, and earned distinction as an All-Ivy and All-America performer this season.

Junior Ilana Sinkin, a political science major, captained the women’s fencing team this season. Finishing the regular season with a 33-7 record, the Rochester, N.Y. native qualified for her third NCAA Championships after finishing second at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. At the national tournament, she was the highest finisher for the women, taking ninth place in foil with 12 wins to earn honorable mention All-America.

James Fee, a sophomore political science major on the men’s swimming and diving team, was the team’s leading distance swimmer all season long. In the process, he set school records in the 1,650 free and 500 free at EISL championships. The Needham, Mass. native swam a 15:30.06 in the 1,650 free and a 4:27.13 in the 500 free.

Junior Cesar Grajales, a marketing major and one of Penn wrestling’s tri-captains, compiled a 31-7 record on his way to the EIWA championship at 149 pounds and an NCAA berth. At the conference tournament, he received the Coaches’ Trophy as the event’s outstanding wrestler. He started the season by defeating six opponents in one day to win the Bearcat Open. The Brandon, Fla. native spent most of the season ranked in the top-20 at 149 pounds in the InterMat/NWCA/USA Today polls, finishing the season at No. 14.

Tim Kaijala, a senior philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) major from Muskegon, Mich., was a Heptagonal champion at the indoor meet in the 1,000-meter. He also anchored the 4x400 relay that took first at Indoor Heps, and was a member of the 4x800 team that also claimed victory there.

Lee Rosen, a senior political science major, was a co-captain for the fifth-ranked Penn men’s squash team. Routinely topping the Quakers’ ladder, he earned a No. 12 national ranking. The Linwood, N.J. native went 3-0 at the CSA Team Championships, all coming from the No. 1 spot in Penn’s ladder.

Junior Ben Wieder, a physics major, qualified for his second NCAA Fencing Championships in 2008. The epee specialist ended the regular season with a 22-10 record. At the Mid-Atlantic Regional, Wieder, a native of Westfield, N.J., entered as the eighth seed and won eight bouts to finish in third place and earn his berth to NCAAs.