Ivy League Recognizes 2016 Spring Academic All-Ivy Team

Ivy League Recognizes 2016 Spring Academic All-Ivy Team

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard – who have been named to the 2016 Spring Academic All-Ivy League team.

The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.

Below are the student-athletes representing Harvard.

Robert Deng
Men's Golf
Junior, Economics, Irvine, Calif.
Named to the PING All-Region team … Tied for 14th place at the Ivy League Championships … Earned two top-10 finishes and finished in the top-25 at all eight events he competed in. 

Nick Gruener
Junior, Economics, Miami, Fla.

All-Ivy League second team … Named to Ivy League honor roll five times … Threw seven consecutive complete games, leading the Ivy League and ranking third in the country … Led the team with five wins, posting a 2.76 ERA and 1.21 WHIP … Posted a team-high 49 strikeouts against just nine walks.

Walker Kirby
Men's Lacrosse
Senior, Economics, Morristown, N.J.
Senior Class Award All-America second team … Also tabbed to the All-Ivy League second team and received NEILA Academic All-Region honors … Helped to anchor Harvard's defensive unit which ranked 19th in the nation in man-down defense (.683) and was 25th in ground balls per game (29.06) … Registered 32 grounds balls and 17 caused turnovers.

Joe Lang
Men's Lacrosse
Sophomore, Economics, Mill Valley, Calif.
USILA All-America honorable mention, All-Ivy League first team, and All-New England second team selection … Ranked third on the team in assists (17) and points (39), and was fourth in goals (22) … Has scored at least one point in 17-straight games dating back to his freshman season.

Andrew Mollerus
Senior, Economics, Larchmont, N.Y.

Received the Francis H. Burr Scholarship for dedication, leadership, and academic commitment … Named to All-NEISA first team as a skipper … Tabbed NEISA Coed Sailor of the Week award twice … Finished fourth at the Harry Anderson Trophy … Came in first place at the Moody Trophy in the A-division … Helped the Crimson finish seventh at the Atlantic Coast Championship … Assisted the team in finishing second at the Southern New England Team Race … Drove the team into finishing third at the Thompson Trophy.

Autumne Franklin
Track & Field
Senior, History of Art & Architecture, Owings Mills, Md.

Radcliffe Prize recipient … Qualified for USATF Olympic Trials … Qualified for fourth-straight NCAA Championship in three events … Ivy League champion in the 400 hurdles and 4x100 and 4x400 relays … 10-time Ivy champion over her four-year career … Set program and Ivy League records in the 400 hurdles (55.12), 4x100 relay (44.29) and 4x400 relay (3:29.98) … Broke Harvard record in the 100 hurdles (13.44) … Ivy League Outdoor Most Outstanding Track Athlete.

Maddy Kaplan
Sophomore, Economics, Santa Monica, Calif.

NFCA All-Region first team … Named to the All-Ivy League first team … Led the team with a .472 average, the second-highest single season average in program history … Began season with a 3-for-3 effort, three RBI, a double and a walk in 7-2 win over Presbyterian (Feb. 26) … Produced two doubles, two runs, a steal and a walk against Albany (Feb. 27) … Recorded an RBI double and sacrifice versus Eastern Kentucky (March 5) … Drove in two runs against Loyola Marymount (March 15) … Went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in 9-1 win at Cornell (April 1) … Hit first homer of the season as the only run in a 1-0 victory at Princeton (April 2) … Batted in two runs in 8-0 shutout of Columbia (April 8) … Was 5-for-7 with four RBI, three runs score and a stolen base in doubleheader sweep of Penn (April 9) … Racked up seven hits in series with Yale (April 16-17) … Had at least one hit in each game of series versus Brown, finishing with six to go with three runs scored and two RBI to help the Crimson sweep the Bears (April 23-24) …. Had a homer and drove in the winning run on a single in 4-3 victory over Dartmouth (April 30) … Hit a RBI double and then walked three times in game one at Dartmouth, then was 2-for-3 in game two that included the two-run double that accounted for the game-winning and North Division title-winning runs (May 3) … Dominated at the dish in the Ivy League Championship Series versus Princeton, batting .727 with a triple and two RBI (May 7-9).

Paige Kouba
Track & Field
Senior, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Eugene, Ore.

HRFWA Prize recipient … Qualified for USATF Olympic Trials … Qualified for NCAA Championship in the 3,000 steeplechase …  Won the Ivy Championship in the 3,000s to earn All-Ivy first team status … Broke the Harvard records in the 1,500 meters (4:16.46) and 3,000 steeplechase (9:50.21), ran to fifth in the 800 meters (2:08.42).

Nikki Okwelogu
Track & Field
Junior, Human Evolutionary Biology, Fresno, Calif.

Olympics contender in the throws for Nigeria … Qualified for third-straight NCAA Championship in two events … Ivy League champion in the shot put and discus … Shattered Ivy League and Harvard records in the shot put (58-9.25, 17.91m) … Broke program standard in the discus (180-8, 55.06m), is second in Ivy history … Ivy League Outdoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete.

Abigail Parker
Women's Heavyweight Crew
Junior, Integrative Biology

Sat in the four and bow seats of the varsity eight … Helped Radcliffe to an Eastern Sprints title and a petite final win at the Ivy League Championships … Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Junior 24 … Winner of the Detur Book Prize, one of the oldest prizes at Harvard College, for achieving a perfect GPA as a freshman.