Ten Student-Athletes Named Winter Academic All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League office announced its 2006-07 Winter Academic All-Ivy honorees on Wednesday, March 21. To be recognized, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve on an officially recognized varsity team, with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

The 10 student-athletes recognized from Penn were Jesse Carlin (women’s indoor track), Abigail Emerson (women’s fencing), Monica Naltner (women’s basketball), Stefanie Navarro (gymnastics), Margot Newcomer (women’s swimming and diving), Devon Carr (men’s swimming and diving), Steve Danley (men’s basketball), Lee Rosen (men’s squash), Ben Wieder (men’s fencing) and Lior Zamir (wrestling).

Junior captain Jesse Carlin had an outstanding indoor season, setting the top three times at Penn in the 800 and earning NCAA qualifying marks with those times. Hailing from Staten Island, N.Y., Carlin also rewrote the record book in the 400 clocking times of 55.71 and 56.93, good for second and third all-time at Penn. Finally, she marked the second-best Penn time in the 500 with a 1:14.17 mark. Carlin is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a biological basis of behavior major.

Sophomore fencer Abby Emerson was a silver medalist at the IFA’s in foil, and helped the women’s foil team win gold for Penn at the IFA Championships. She was a first-team All-Ivy selection and NCAA qualifier, with an overall mark of 54-9 and a 13-4 record in Ivy League bouts. Emerson is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a sociology major.

Senior tri-captain Monica Naltner hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was Penn's leading scorer and rebounder this season. She scored 417 points (15.4 ppg) and tore down 170 boards (6.3 rpg). Naltner had three double-doubles this season and led the Red and Blue scoring in 11 games. A highlight game for the forward was Dec. 7 at Lafayette. Naltner had a quiet first half with just seven points but put her team on her back in the second scoring 30 points behind 10-of-10 free throws, 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 8-of-9 overall shooting. Her 37 points put her in a tie for the sixth most points scored by a Quakerin a game. Naltner is enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in management and marketing.

Sophomore Stefanie Navarro has competed in all 10 meets this season on the bars and beam, while setting two personal-bests. She scored a 9.675 on the bars at the Towson Invitational. On the beam, she scored her personal-best with a 9.650 at Sacramento State. Navarro earned the ECAC’s Coaches Choice Award for her performance in Penn’s first meet of the season on Jan. 12. She is enrolled in the School of Nursing.

Senior Margot Newcomer is the captain of the women’s swim team, and one of Penn’s top distance swimmers. Over the course of her career, she has been an Ivy finalist in multiple events, including the 500 free and the 1650 free. She has been an Ivy consolation finalist in the 1000 free, the 400 IM, the 200 back and the 200 breaststroke as well. She held the school record in the 800 free relay for the 2005-06 season. She is the second fastest 1650 freestyler and the second fastest 400 IMer in school history, and third fastest in school history in the 500 free and the 1000 free. Newcomer is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a communications major.

Junior Devon Carr is one of the lead swimmers for the men’s team in every freestyle event and both butterfly events. This year, he was an EISL finalist in the 50 free, and in several relays. He was a five-event EISL scorer as a freshman and a sophomore, and is a school record holder in the 200 medley relay, the 800 free relay, and the 200 free relay. Carr is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Biological Basis of Behavior major.

Steve Danley was a third-year starter for the men’s basketball team, which won its third-consecutive Ivy League title and played in the NCAA Tournament. Danley finished the 2006-07 season averaging 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and he led the Quakers with 28 blocked shots. A two-time honorable mention All-Ivy honoree during his career, Danley also had 62 assists and 20 steals this season as Penn went 22-9 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League. He is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a politics, philosophy and economics major (PPE).

Junior Lee Rosen compiled a 9-3 overall record playing at the No. 2 position for the men’s squash team. Earlier this month, Rosen earned All-Ivy honors, going 4-2 in Ancient Eight competition. Rosen went 3-0 at the College Squash Association Team Championships in February, helping Penn to a No. 5 national ranking. Rosen is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a political science major.

Sophomore Ben Wieder is a second-team All-Ivy honoree in epee after compiling a 31-10 overall record, and going 10-5 in Ivy League bouts. He is an NCAA qualifier, and was recently selected to represent the USA in the World Under-20 Fencing Championships. Wieder is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a biochemistry major.

Junior 184-pounder Lior Zamir went 20-16 this season, qualifying for his first NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at the EIWA Championships. He finished the season ranked 15th in the nation. Zamir was also Academic All-Ivy in 2006. He is enrolled in Wharton with a finance concentration.