April 1, 2009
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 Murat Kayali (La Jolla, Calif.), a history major from the men's track and field team, earned second team All-Ivy honors as a member of the 4x880-meter relay squad. Individually, Kayali also turned in a top ten finish in the 1000-meter run at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.
Ross Morin (Cincinnati, Ohio), the senior captain of the men's basketball team, was a second team All-Ivy selection after ranking among league leaders in both scoring and rebounding. This season, Morin became the 22nd player in Yale history to reach 1,000 career points. In the classroom, Morin is a political science major.
Another team captain, senior Matt Nelson (Westwood, Mass.) of the ECAC Champion men's ice hockey team, makes the list as an economics major. Nelson scored four goals and tallied three assists this season, including the game-winning goal against St. Lawrence in the ECAC Tournament Semifinals.
Fencer Michael Pearce (San Francisco, Calif.), a senior architecture major, finished eighth in the épée at the NCAA Championships. He was a first team All-Ivy honoree after racking up a 9-4 record in Ivy League competition.
Senior men's swimming and diving captain Alex Righi (Phoenix, Ariz.), who competed in three events at the NCAA Championships this past weekend, adds an Academic All-Ivy nod to a long list of accomplishments in the 2008-09 season. Righi earned the Moriarty Award as the top point scorer and the Ulen Trophy as the top career point scorer at the Ivy League Championships. He won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, as well as the 100-yard backstroke at the event. Righi finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, fifth in the 50-yard freestyle and 12th in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships. Academically, he is a political science major.
The list of female student-athletes includes Danielle Kozlowski (Melrose, Mass.), an anthropology major from the women's ice hockey team. Kozlowski played in 116 of 122 possible games in her career. In 2008-09, she was a key component of Yale's penalty killing unit that successfully killed 61 of 68 penalties over the final 17 games of the season.
Gymnast Alina Liao, a senior English and economics major, was the ECAC Gymnast of the Year and all-around champion. The team captain also won the all-around and beam at the Ivy League Classic. Liao will compete at the NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this weekend, as well as the USAG Collegiate Nationals at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven from April 9-11.
Women's track and field captain Jennifer Lin (Raynham, Mass.), a senior psychology major, was a dual All-Ivy honoree during the indoor season. Lin grabbed first team laurels as a member of the 4x880-yard relay team, as well as a second team distinction in the pentathlon after totaling 3,408 points at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.
Another All-Ivy honoree, senior Alexis Mann (Ontario, Calif.) of the women's swimming and diving team, makes the list after grabbing second team honors at the Ivy League Championships. Mann, a history major, earned her All-Ivy distinction in the 200-yard freestyle relay, while also qualifying for the finals in the 50-yard freestyle at the event.
Rounding out the list in senior captain Jamie Van Horne (Healdsburg, Calif.) of the women's basketball team. Van Horne, a psychology major, wrapped up her four-year career this season as the Bulldogs' all-time leader in three-point field goals with 216, the fifth-highest career total in Ivy League history. Her 62 three-pointers this season tied the Yale single season mark, held by Maria Smear '03. Van Horne was the only Bulldog to start all 28 games in 2008-09, and she will leave Yale as the all-time leader in games played with 110, having never missed a game in her career.
The complete 2008-09 Winter Academic All-Ivy release is available here.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity