Ten Spring Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in spring sports for the 2010 spring season. The 80 men and women -- 10 of which were from Penn -- were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Each institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

Senior Natassya Bedos was a key member of the varsity 8 on Penn's women's rowing team this spring. The varsity 8 finished fifth overall at the EAWRC Sprints in May, the second time in three seasons that has happened; prior to 2008, the last time Penn made the grand final at Sprints was 1991, and the last time the Quakers finished fifth or better was 1982. Bedos was a first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA) for the second time in her career. Bedos graduated with a degree in political science.

Ali DeLuca is one of two Ivy League Players of the Year to also represent Penn on the Academic All-Ivy list. She was a unanimous selection to the honor in women's lacrosse this season, as well as one of five finalists nationally for the Tewaaraton Award which is given to the nation's top lacrosse player. The first-team All-America, who graduated with a degree in communication, set a school record for points in a season (76) and graduates as the program's all-time leading goal scorer (148). Penn went 28-0 against Ivy League competition during her career, winning four outright conference titles.

Sophomore track star Brian Fulton earned All-Ivy and All-East recognition this year as a member of the 4x800 relay team, helping that squad tie a 34-year-old school record with a time of 7:24.64. He is a Biological Basis of Behavior major.

Senior Tom Grandieri is the other Ivy League Player of the Year recipient on Penn's list, earning the honor in baseball. The communication graduate was also the conference's lone unanimous first-team selection. He led the Ancient Eight in batting average (.458), hits (38), runs (25), RBI (15) and doubles (13) within league play.

Senior Brett Hughes -- a Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) major -- was the top defenseman on the men's lacrosse team, and was a second-team All-Ivy selection which was best among five All-Ivy players from the Quakers. He finished the season with 22 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Sophomore Paige Madison enjoyed a stellar year for the women's track & field program. The nursing major became the first woman in program history to break the minute mark in the 400-meter hurdles, and was an NCAA qualifier this spring. Madison was also part of this year's 4x100 relay team that set a school record of 46.03 seconds.

Sophomore Hurst Nuckols helped the men's lightweight rowing team's varsity 8 to its first grand final since 2005 and first IRA Regatta appearance in three years. He is also a star in the classroom, majoring in Penn's prestigious Management & Technology program.

Senior Chance Pipitone capped off his golf career with Academic All-Ivy honors. The Wharton graduate (his concentration was finance) tied for seventh overall at the Ivy League Championships to earn second-team All-Ivy. Earlier this season, he took medalist honors at the Caves Valley Intercollegiate. Pipitone was Penn's low scorer at four events in 2009-10, and second among Penn players three other times.

Senior Keiko Uraguchi was a second-team All-Ivy selection in softball. She hit a team-leading .350 with 41 hits, 22 runs and six stolen bases, ending her career with 27 stolen bases which is third all-time in the program. Uraguchi graduated in May with a degree in Marketing and Legal Studies & Business Ethics.

Sophomore Emily Wolf was a key member of the women's tennis team this spring, playing primarily at the No. 2 singles spot. The highlight of her season came in the fall, when she advanced to the semifinal round of Penn's Cissie Leary Invitational. Wolf is enrolled in Wharton, with her concentration in finance.