Ten Winter Student-Athletes Tabbed Academic All-Ivy League

Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.
Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the winter 2009-10 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.

Five different sports were represented on the men’s list while ice hockey players garnered two of the five female selections.

Senior women’s ice hockey player Christina Kessler is among the highlighted players. Despite seeing her season end abruptly with an injury, Kessler will graduate Harvard as the NCAA record holder for career save percentage (.9414). Harvard’s all-time winningest goaltender with 64 victories, Kessler was a nominee for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Teammate Kate Buesser was also a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee. An All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy League first team selection, the junior led Harvard with 16 goals, 24 assists and 40 points.

Alexandra Clarke makes her second appearance on the list after earning All-America status in the 1,650-yard freestyle, where she set a new school record at the 2010 NCAA Championships. She was the 2010 Ivy Champion in the 1,000 free and earned All-Ivy second-team status in 500 and 1,650 free and 800 free relay.

Noam Mills also earned All-America honors in fencing after placing second in epee at NCAA Championships, winning a tournament-high 22 bouts.

Tess Wood represents the Harvard alpine skiing program. A team captain, Wood earned status as a USSA Academic All-America and finished as one of Harvard’s top two racers in most slalom and giant slalom events this season.

On the men’s side, another skier made his way onto the list as a dual concentrator in physics and Earth & planetary sciences. Trevor Petach finished a solid four-year career with the Nordic ski team with a 36th  place finish at the Eastern Championships. Petach was also recognized as a USSA Academic All-American.

Jordan Diekema is one of two underclassmen on the men’s list after earning first-team All-Ivy honors in the 100 backstroke. He was a member of the school-record holding 200 and 400 medley relay teams and he won the 100 backstroke at the HYP meet and placed fourth in the 200 back.

The other underclassman is just a sophomore in fencer Valentin Staller. Staller finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, winning 15 bouts to earn All-America second team honors.

Senior wrestler J.P. O’Connor won the NCAA Championship at 157 pounds and became Harvard’s first undefeated wrestler in a season at 35-0. The All-American was also the EIWA Wrestler of the Year as well as the Co-Ivy League Player of the Year.

Rounding out the list is basketball player Jeremy Lin, who was a unanimous decision All-Ivy League choice as well as all-district by the USBWA and NABC. He was also named one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award which goes to the nation's top point guard and one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award which goes to the national player of the year

The Ivy League will publish one more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the academic year, at the conclusion of the spring season.

Winter 2010 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Harvard Selections

Jordan Diekema, Swimming (Jr., Economics, Holland, Mich.)
Jeremy Lin, Basketball (Sr., Economics, Palo Alto, Calif.)
J.P. O’Connor, Wrestling (Sr., Human Evolutionary Biology, Oxford, N.Y.)
Trevor Petach, Nordic Skiing (Sr., Physics and Earth & Planetary Sciences (dual), Boulder, Colo.)
Valentin Staller, Fencing (So., English, Old Field, N.Y.)

Kate Buesser, Ice Hockey (Jr., Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Alexandra Clarke, Swimming (Sr., History & Literature, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Christina Kessler, Ice Hockey (Sr., Human Evolutionary Biology, Oakville, Ont.)
Noam Mills, Fencing (So., History of Art & Literature, Kfar Saba, Israel)
Tess Wood, Alpine Skiing (Sr., Visual & Environmental Studies, Portland, Ore.)