Ten Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy League for Spring 2004

Five male and five female Quakers join 70 other Ivy League student-athletes on the list.

May 27, 2004

Princeton, N.J. - The Ivy League Office has announced the 2004 Spring Academic All-Ivy League honorees. Eighty representatives from the Ivy League's eight institutions have been named to the list; five males and five females from each respective school. Penn is represented by 10 outstanding student-athletes who earned several honors throughout their respective sports seasons.

On the women's side, sophomore lacrosse student-athlete Kate Parker (Needham, Mass.) is one of just two sophomores on the spring Academic All-Ivy League team. Parker was named second-team All-Ivy after causing 18 turnovers and picking up 21 ground balls as a defender for the Quakers. She is a political science major in The College. Junior golfer Melissa Aylor (Tampa, Fla.) is making her second appearance on the Academic All-Ivy League list. She is an economics major in The College and finished tied for eighth at the Ivy League Championships in 2004. Aylor's best performance of the season came when she tied for second at the Penn Invitational to close out the season.

A trio of seniors were honored with their first Academic All-Ivy League accolades in 2004. Women's track and field student-athlete Michelle Hart (Springfield, Va.) earned second-team All-Ivy honors after her 4x400 relay team finished second at the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. She left her mark at Penn with the eighth-best time in the 440 hurdles in Penn history. Hart graduated with a degree in sociology from The College.

Women's rower Mary Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) served as the co-captain for the 2003-04 Penn women's crew. She was the bow pair in Penn's second varsity eight that just missed the Grand Finals at the EARWC Sprints and was highlighted on Fox SportsNet's NCAA on Campus in April. Murphy graduated from The College with a dual degree in nursing and Hispanic studies. Senior Rachel Shweky (Brooklyn, N.Y.) left Penn as one of the most decorated doubles players in women's tennis history. She earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors with partner Shelah Chao in 2004 after being named All-Ivy for the past three-straight seasons in doubles. Shweky graduated from Penn with a degree in communication from The College.

Heading to the men's side, a pair of track and field student-athletes are two of the five listed on the Academic All-Ivy League roster for 2004. Seniors Brian Chaput (East Haven, Conn.) and Chris Edmonds (San Marino, Calif.) are making their second and first appearance, respectively, on the academic squad. Chaput is a three-time Ivy League Heptagonal javelin champion and will defend his 2003 NCAA javelin title in June. Chaput, who is also a two-time Penn Relays champ in the javelin, was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American last year and is hoping for another nod in 2004. He leaves Penn with a degree in communication from The College. Edmonds earned his eighth All-Ivy League honor when his 4x400 relay team finished second at the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. After a spring season plagued with injury, Edmonds came back with a vengeance to finish his senior year strong at the Heps and graduated from Wharton with a finance concentration.

Senior lacrosse student-athlete Will Phillips (Annapolis, Md.) is making his second-consecutive appearance on the Academic All-Ivy team. After a season that saw him earn first-team All-Ivy League accolades after leading the Quakers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 15 seasons, Phillips graduated from Penn with a dual degree in economics and sociology from The College. He finished his senior season with a career-high 42 points and recorded an unprecedented 30-game scoring streak during his career at Penn.

The final two members of the Academic All-Ivy League list for 2004 are making their first appearances. Junior baseball student-athlete Matt Horn (North Hollywood, Calif.), who was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District II earlier this season, earned his first All-Ivy League honorable mention accolade at catcher after finishing the season hitting .326 overall and .385 in Ivy League competition, which ranked him ninth in the Ancient Eight. He registered career-highs in at bats (92), batting average, runs (16) and hits (30) in 2004 and led the team in defensive chances (174) and put outs (135). Horn has dual concentrations in Wharton in management and legal studies. Sophomore men's tennis player Jimmy Fairbanks (Hilton Head, S.C.) rounds out the 2004 Academic All-Ivy list. He finished his second season at Penn with the team's best singles record at 21-4 and played No. 1 doubles throughout the Ivy League campaign. Fairbanks opened the 2003-04 season with a 12-0 record, which included winning the "B" Flight of the Penn Classic. Fairbanks has not yet declared a concentration in Wharton.

Each of the 80 men and women selected to the Academic All-Ivy League list were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.

Written by Carla Zighelboim