Ten Spring Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Ivy

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PRINCETON, N.J. – With the completion of the spring season, the Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected as the 2014-15 Academic All-Ivy recipients and ten individuals from the University of Pennsylvania -- five men and five women -- were honored. The selected Quakers were starters or key reserves on their respective spring teams with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Thomas Awad (men’s track & field) enjoyed a stellar year, winning Heptagonal titles in all three seasons and garnering Most Outstanding Track Performer at Outdoor Heps in May. The junior was the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Track Athlete of the Year, and was a finalist in the 5,000 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Awad is a Health & Societies major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Carey Celata (women’s track & field) was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the outdoor 800 this spring, and part of Penn’s ECAC champion 4x800 relay squad. She scored at the Outdoor Heps in the 800 and on the Quakers’ 4x800 relay. A sophomore, Celata is a Health & Societies major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lucy Ferguson (women’s lacrosse) finished off a standout career in the Penn goal, earning second-team IWLCA All-America; first-team IWLCA All-Region; second-team ECAC All-Star; and unanimous first-team All-Ivy recognitions. A two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, she backstopped Penn’s campaign that included advancement to the NCAA Championship second round. Ferguson recently graduated with a degree in Health & Societies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lauren Li (softball) also was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection as well as a second-team ECAC All-Star. She finished third among Ivy League players in runs batted in, and fourth in batting average. A junior, Li has helped Penn win the Ivy South Division each of her three years on the team. She is enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.

Louis Lombardi (men’s heavyweight rowing) has been a coxswain for Penn’s Varsity 8 each of the last three years; this year, Penn had its best EARC Sprints finish since 2009 and won two Cup races. A member of the United States Under-23 team last summer, Lombardi was this year’s recipient of the University’s Goldring Award (male) and Frazier Award at the Senior Student-Athlete Banquet. Lombardi graduated with a degree in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Matt McKinnon (baseball) earned All-Big 5 and second-team All-Ivy this season, and was a two-time Big 5 Player of the Week. He finished the season second on the team in batting average and had 11 multi-hit games. McKinnon also was a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection this year. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Matt McMahon (men’s lacrosse) had a superb senior season that included honorable mention USILA All-America and USILA Scholar All-America honors; second-team ECAC All-Star; and first-team All-Ivy. McMahon, who was a Senior CLASS Award finalist, finished the season fifth nationally in caused turnovers per game. He graduated with a degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.

Isabella Rahm (women’s golf) was in the lineup for seven of Penn’s eight tournaments this year including the Ivy League Championships. She was the Quakers’ low scorer in two events, and took individual medalist honors at Navy’s Chesapeake Bay Invitational during the fall. A sophomore, Rahm is an International Relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Emily Redfield (women’s rowing) was a co-captain for this year’s team and rowed in the Varsity 8 boat for every spring race. A three-time CRCA National Scholar Athlete, she helped Penn to its best overall finish at the four-year-old Ivy League Championships (36 points). Redfield recently graduated with a degree in Nursing.

Landis Walsh (men’s lightweight rowing) helped Penn to its first Grand Final and best finish at the IRA National Regatta since 2005. From his stroke seat, he also helped Penn win just its second Callow Cup victory in the last 15 years. Only a sophomore, Walsh is a Biology major.