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Women's Fencing Honored at Senior Varsity Dinner

Women's Fencing Honored at Senior Varsity Dinner

May 17, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual Senior Varsity Dinner Wednesday night in Commons. Katie Rivkin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) of the field hockey team and Christopher Sinay (Charlotte, N.C.) of the men's fencing team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Alex Faherty (New York, N.Y.) of the football team and Brynne Kennedy (Pittsfield, Mass.) of the gymnastics team received the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Additionally, the women's fencing team won the Brodhead Award for highest team GPA.

The Kiphuth Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity letters prior to their senior year, is named in honor of DeLaney Kiphuth '41, M.A. '47. Kiphuth served as Director of Athletics from 1954 through 1976.

Rivkin, a history major who has been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, started all 17 games for Yale, scoring two goals. Both were game-winners, including one in a 1-0 win over Harvard. Sinay, an ethnic, cultural and gender studies major, had six wins in the saber this past season.

The Ford Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes who during the past four years have demonstrated their commitment to strengthening the relationship between Yale Athletics and the youth in the New Haven community. It is named in honor of Thomas W. Ford '42, who endowed the Yale Department of Athletics Community Outreach Program in the fall of 1996.

Faherty, a tight end who battled injuries to finish the season with eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, was involved with multiple aspects of Yale's Community Outreach Program, including the National Youth Sports Program and Youth Days. Kennedy, who earned a season-high 9.250 in the floor exercise against Penn, was chair of the Yale Athletics Department's Community Outreach Committee. She developed the holiday giving program through which Yale student-athletes donated gifts to students at the Vincent Morrow Elementary School.

The Brodhead Award is named in honor of Richard H. Brodhead '68, Ph.D. '72, who served as Dean of Yale College from 1993 through 2004 and was on the faculty of the department of English for over 30 years. The women's fencing team, which finished 16th at the NCAA tournament, earned the award with a team GPA of 3.59.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity