April 7, 2010

Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Senior Tom Dignard, who was integral in the Bulldogs’ second straight ECAC Hockey regular season championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, makes the list after posting First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honors. Dignard, who tallied six goals and 21 assists as a starting defenseman, is an economics major from Reading, Mass.

All-America squash player Aaron Fuchs was also honored after a spectacular senior season. In addition to his national honors, the native of Sommerset West, South Africa capped his All-Ivy season by advancing to the round of 16 at the CSA Individual Championships. Fuchs, a mechanical engineering major, played in the No. 3 slot as Yale advanced to the Potter Cup National Final.

Another student-athlete to excel on the national stage is senior fencer Andrew Holbrook. The captain of Coach Henry Hartunian’s squad qualified for the NCAA National Championships as a foilist. Holbrook is a political science major from Dunkirk, Md.

The lone underclassman among Yale’s honorees is junior Raffi Mantilla from the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team. Mantilla, a political science major, appeared in 27 games for Coach Jones, including two starts. The Mudelien, Ill. native is a two-time recipient of an African-American Cultural Center AACColades Award.

The final male honoree for the Elis is senior diver Drew Teer. A psychology major from Phoenix, Ariz., Teer represented Yale at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.

Another protégé of legendary head coach Frank Keefe makes the list in Andrea Clifford, the captain of the women’s swimming and diving team. Clifford, a senior political science major from Chattanooga, Tenn., was a member of Yale’s First Team All-Ivy 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Fencer Jennifer Ivers, a Spanish major, earns Academic All-Ivy laurels after qualifying for the NCAA Regionals as a saberist. Ivers is a senior from Winnetka, Ill.

Senior Berit Johnson of the women’s ice hockey team adds an Academic All-Ivy nod to her impressive array of academic honors. Johnson, a senior history major from Wayzata, Minn., is a four-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team member and a nominee for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

A three-time All-Ivy first team swimmer in her senior season, Susan Kim was the Swimmer of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships. Kim, a political science major from Rockville, Md., represented the Bulldogs at the NCAA Championships.

Rounding out the list is senior women’s basketball player Haywood Wright. Wright battled back from injury to contribute 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game to Yale’s most successful season in 12 years. The psychology major from Irvine, Calif. leaves the Bulldogs as the second-most prolific shot blocker in program history with 109 career rejections.

Complete Academic All-Ivy Release