Ten Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy

Ten University of Pennsylvania student-athletes, five men and five women, were named 2005 Academic All-Ivy League for the winter. Highlighting this season's list is senior Matt Feast, a three-time Academic All-Ivy League selection, who became the first three-time All-American in Penn wrestling history.

The 10 student-athletes were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each institution nominated its own men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

Two student-athletes are multiple Academic All-Ivy recipients in seniors Tim Begley and Feast. All other honorees are first time recipients.

Begley (Freehold, N.J.), the 2005 Ivy League Player of the Year for men’s basketball, is a two-time Academic All-Ivy recipient. Begley is a four-time All-Ivy selection and made his third start in the NCAA Tournament earlier this month. Begley became the 32nd player in Penn program history to record 1,000 career points which he accomplished on Feb. 5 and scored 1,1,65 points before season’s end. Begley led the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (138) and three-pointers made (76), and recorded 21 double-figure scoring games for the Red and Blue, including 17 of the last 21 contests. He broke the all-time three-point record at Penn (253), the all-time three-point attempts record (602) and tied the single game assists record (13). Begley is enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in finance.

Sophomore Holly Buechel (South Orange, N.J.) finished fourth in the women's epee at the NCAA Fencing Championships to earn first-team All-American honors. It was the second consecutive season in which she earned All-America status. She was a second-team All-Ivy selection after finishing the regular season with 10-5 Ancient Eight mark and a 47-10 overall record.

Feast (Cressona, Pa.) made history on and off the mat this season. The three-time EIWA Champion at heavyweight is also a three-time All-American, the first in Penn history, and fourth in the Ancient Eight. Feast is second on the all-time wins list at Penn with 118 career victories. He finished sixth at the 2005 NCAA Championships after making his fourth appearance at the national tournament. He is one of seven male three-time Academic All-Ivy honorees at Penn. Feast is enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in finance.

Junior Jen Fleischer (New Harford, N.Y.) led the Quakers and the Ivy League in rebounding this season as she ranked 10th in the nation (10.6 rpg) and was the only Ivy League Player to average a double-double. Fleischer was second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. She scored a career-high 25 points vs. Columbia and grabbed a career-best 21 rebounds at Cornell. Fleischer is a bioengineering major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Sophomore Michael Galligan (Houston, Texas) is a second-team All-Ivy honoree after compiling a 19-8 overall mark and a 7-5 Ivy record. He placed second at NCAA Regionals and ninth at the NCAA Championships in the foil and aided in Penn’s IFA Foil Championship. Galligan is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and is undeclared.

Junior Courtney Jaworski (University Place, Wash.) set a new Heptagonal record in the 800m en route to being named co-athlete of the 2005 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. He is the Penn record holder in the event and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. He was also a member of the first-place two-mile relay team and earned two first-team All-Ivy honors. Jaworski is a political science major.

Sophomore Gilly Lane (Wyndmoor, Pa.) was named All-Ivy for the second-straight season and finished the 2004-05 with an 8-10 overall record and a 2-4 record in Ivy League play for the men’s squash team. As the No. 12 seed, he was the only member of the Red and Blue to advance past the first round of the College Squash Association Individual Championships. He helped propel the Quakers to their best finish in over 10 years, closing out the season ranked fifth in the nation. Lane is a history major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sophomore Paula Pearson (Calgary, Ontario) compiled a 6-9 overall record and a 3-3 Ivy League record on the season to earn All-Ivy honors for the second time in her career. She also helped her team to a sixth-place finish at the Howe Cup and was the only Quaker to advance past the first round of play at the College Squash Association Individual Championships. Pearson is a nursing major.

Junior Emily Petkun (Ardmore, Pa.) finished third in the all-around at the Ivy Classic. Petkun is the first gymnast in Penn history to win the all-around at an invitational meet when she scored a 38.300 to take the event at the Towson Invitational. She is currently ranked eighth in the all-around for the Northeast Region and second in the ECAC. Petkun is a philosophy major.

Sophomore Katelyn Sherry (Mendham, N.J.) was a Fencing Bronze medalist at IFAs in sabre and went on to finish ninth at NCAAs. She was a first-team All-Ivy selection after compiling a 12-3 Ivy League record and a 50-9 dual mark on the season. Sherry is undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications