Ten Spring Athletes Earn Academic All-Ivy Honors

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League office announced its 2007 Spring Academic All-Ivy honorees on Tuesday, May 22. To be recognized, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve on an officially recognized varsity team, with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

The 10 student-athletes recognized from Penn were Joey Boaen (baseball), Jason Pinsky (men’s tennis), Nick Ryder (men’s golf), Alex Salihi (men’s lacrosse), Patrick Travers (men’s lightweight crew), Anne-Marie Beitler (women’s crew), Karen Jann (women’s lacrosse), Annie Kinsey (softball), Tina Morrison (women’s track and field) and Lenka Snajdrova (women’s tennis).

Senior Joey Boaen (Savannah, Ga.) is a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, and was also selected as a member of the 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Baseball Team this spring. He was also named second-team All-Ivy this year. Boaen hit safely in his final 14 games of the season, which was the longest streak by any Penn player this year. He led the team in hits (49) and stolen bases (9). Boaen was nominated as one of 30 finalists nationally for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in economics.

Co-captain Jason Pinsky (Potomac, Md.) was a key part of the men’s tennis team earning their second straight Ivy League title this season, and back-to-back ECAC titles in the fall. Pinsky, who was also selected for the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Tennis Team, went 6-3 in Ivy League matches at No. 1 this spring, and 6-1 in the fall. Also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in singles, Pinsky was the only player in the Ivy League to earn first-team status at both singles and doubles. The junior, who finished the season with a No. 96 nation ranking, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship tournament in the singles draw. Pinsky is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a political science major.

Nick Ryder (Rosemont, Pa.) was a regular in the Penn men’s golf lineup this season, competing in all 10 tournaments. The junior was the Quakers’ second-best finisher at the NCAA West Regional, and was also in the lineup when Penn won the team title at the Ivy League Championships in April. A transfer from Williams College, Ryder had a 77.4 stroke average in 24 rounds, with a low round of 70 in his final round of the season, at the NCAA West Regional. Ryder is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as an economics major.

Senior Alex Salihi (Glen Arm, Md.) saved his best for last, finishing the 2007 season with 22 points, which was good for second on the team and more than he had in his first three seasons combined. Alex had 14 points as a freshman, but just two in 2005 and then four last season. This season, he had five two-goal games (Robert Morris, Bucknell, UMBC, Princeton, Brown). Four of Alex’s goals this season were in a man-up situation. Salihi graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in international relations.

Senior Patrick Travers (Philadelphia, Pa.) is a three-year member of the Varsity 8 lightweight crew. He helped the Varsity 8 to a win over Rutgers early in the spring and a ninth-place finish at EARC Sprints. In the Petite Final, Travers and the Varsity 8 came in third at 5:50.759. Travers graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in history.

Junior Anne-Marie Beitler (Kennett Square, Pa.) rowed for the Varsity 8 this season and helped them win the Petite Final and the EAWRC Sprints, coming in at 6:50.525. They edged Columbia by four seconds. The Varsity 8 finished seventh out of 18 overall, their best finish since 2005. Beitler is enrolled in the School of Nursing.

Karen Jann (Summit, N.J.), a senior defender on the women’s lacrosse team, is one of the tri-captains who led the Quakers to the NCAA final four this season. Jann was part of the nation’s second-ranked defense and was named Second Team All-Ivy, collecting 22 ground balls, 14 draw controls and causing 13 turnovers. Jann has started every game of her career for Penn and will start her 54th career game this weekend in the NCAA semifinals. Jann graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in architecture.

Junior Annie Kinsey (West Hills, Calif) had a breakout season for the Penn softball team in 2007. She was unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year, earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors, and was selected to the 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Softball First-Team. Kinsey started all 42 games at second base for the Quakers, and finished the season hitting .450, with a .786 slugging percentage and 37 RBI. She broke multiple program records this year, including single-season records for hits (63), runs (53), doubles (15), and home runs (10). Kinsey led the Ivy League in batting average, hits, runs, doubles, on-base percentage, and total bases. She also led the Quakers in slugging percentage and home runs, and was second on the team in RBI. Kinsey is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a psychology major.

Senior co-captain, Tina Morrison (Red Bank, N.J.) was a significant member of the women’s track and field’s indoor and outdoor seasons. She ran a season-best time of 2:56.59 in the 1000 meter run at the Black Knight Army Invite (Jan. 13). She was the first-place finisher in the event and earned Penn nine team points for the effort. Morrison also put her name in the Quakers’ record book running the third leg of Penn’s 4x1500 meter at Penn Relays. That team set the school record in the event with a time of 18:14.44. Morrison graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in communications.

Sophomore Lenka Snajdrova (Litomysl, Czech Republic) was a member of the women’s tennis team that went 7-0 in the Ivy League this season, earning the program its third Ivy League championship title in seven years, and the fifth NCAA tournament bid in that same time. Snajdrova was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in doubles, as she and partner Ekaterina Kosminskaya went undefeated in their Ivy season. Snajdrova finished the year with a 15-5 record in doubles, and a 4-8 singles record. Snajdrova is a double major, as she is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as an economics major and also enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.