Ten Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy League for Winter 2003-04

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

March 25, 2004

Princeton, N.J. - The Ivy League Office has announced the 2003-04 Winter 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.

Four student-athletes on the 2003-04 Academic All-Ivy League list for winter are repeat honorees. Senior fencer Andrew Radu (Great Neck, N.Y.) won a bronze medal at the IFAs in foil, finished second at the Regionals and was named first-team All-Ivy League for the third-traight season. This is the second-straight academic honor for the foilist who will compete at the NCAA Fencing Championships this weekend at Brandeis. Radu is a psychology major in The College.

Junior wrestler Matt Feast (Cressona, Pa.) and senior swimmer Kathleen Holthaus (Glenview, Ill.) are being honored for the second and third time, respectively, on the Academic All-Ivy list. Feast earned his second-straight All-America accolade after placing fifth at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at 285 and was the EIWA Champion at heavyweight for the second-consecutive year. Feast is enrolled in Wharton.

Holthaus became just the 11th female student-athlete at Penn to be honored with three Academic All-Ivy League awards. She will graduate from Penn as the school's all-time leading scorer at the Ivy League Swimming Championships as she competed in nine finals over the last three seasons. Holthaus will leave Penn with a degree in history from The College.

Joining Holthaus from the swim team is sophomore Patrick Maloney (New Brunswick, N.J.). Maloney is making his first appearance on the Academic All-Ivy League team at the same time he earned his first All-Ivy League honor in the pool. He finished second in the 200 butterfly at the EISL Championships, which earned him second-team All-Ivy League. Maloney is enrolled in The College.

Two members of the Penn basketball teams are making their first appearance on the Academic All-Ivy League list in 2003-04. Junior Tim Begley (Freehold, N.J.) was named second-team All-Ivy League after finishing his third season with the Quakers as the Ivy League leader in three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage. Begley, who has a finance concentration in Wharton, is currently third on the Penn list for three-pointers made in a season (83) and is sixth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made in a career (177).

Senior Jewel Clark (Waldorf, Md.) ended her collegiate basketball career just as she started it - as an Ivy League Champion. Clark, who will graduate with a degree in English from The College, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year en route to helping Penn win its second Ivy League title in four seasons. She finished her career second on the all-time scoring list at Penn (1,743) and earned her third-straight first-team All-Ivy League honor in 2004.

Two members of the indoor track and field teams are also making their first appearances on the Academic All-Ivy League list. Senior Matt Wedge (Altoona, Pa.) defended his 60m hurdle title at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships and earned his second-straight first-team All-Ivy League honor in the process. Wedge is an economics major in The College. Fellow classmate Kim Milans (North Bethesda, Md.) is a member of the school record-holding distance medley relay team that won the ECAC Championship with a time of 11:29.66. Milans is a communication major in The College.

Joining Radu from the Penn fencing squad is sophomore Christina Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.). She earned second-team All-Ivy League in foil after a 10-4 mark in Ivy bouts. A first-team All-Ivy selection in 2003, Kaneshige went 40-9 overall to lead her weaponmates in victories while finishing fourth overall on the team in 2004. She is a women's studies major in The College.

Sophomore gymnast Laura Duros (Camel, Ind.) rounds out the Quakers' list of Academic All-Ivy League honorees for Winter 2003-04. Duros tied for first on the floor at the 2004 Ivy Classic with a personal best score of 9.925. She helped the Quakers win their first Ivy Classic title since 2000. She then helped Penn win the 2004 ECAC Championship with a second-place finish on the floor at The Palestra. Duros is an international relations major in The College.

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

Written by Carla Zighelboim