CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League released the names of the 80 student-athletes, including the five male and five female honorees from Harvard, who have earned winter 2012-13 Academic All-Ivy League honors.
The recipients are key contributors on officially recognized varsity teams who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League universities nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.
Two members of the swimming and diving team, a fencer, a wrestler and a squash student-athlete composed the five men's nominees, while the women's recipients were composed of two members of the track and field team, a fencer, a basketball player and a squash student-athlete.
Senior wrestler Walter Peppelman earned his third academic All-Ivy selection after a stellar final campaign in Cambridge. The three-time All-Ivy League first-team selection finished his career with 111 wins, fifth most in school history, and 31 pins, the third-highest total in program annals. He qualified for the NCAA Championships three times and was a two-time All-America selection.
Peppelman was joined on the team for the second straight year by junior Ali Farag of the men's squash team. The Cairo, Egypt native went 16-2 and reached the College Squash Association semifinals to garner Ivy League co-Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. He also helped guide the Crimson to its first Ivy League title since 2006, going 7-0 in Ancient Eight contests.
Fellow class of 2014 member Chris Satterthwaite was also a repeat selection. The statistics concentrator won both the 100 and 200 freestyle at the Ivy League championships for the second consecutive year. At the NCAA Championships, he competed in five events, including a 19th-place finish as a member of the 200-freestyle relay team. The Edina, Minn., product holds the school record in the 100 freestyle and also is a member of three record-setting relay teams.
Teammate Mike Mosca joined Satterthwaite on the team for the first time, qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time, as well, this season. The sophomore earned the 2013 Karl B. Michael High Diver of the Meet award at the Ivy League Championships after winning both the one- and three-meter events at the championship. The school record holder in both events, Mosca placed 32nd in the one-meter and 28th in the three-meter at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Peregrine Badger, representing the fencing team, rounded out the men's side. He won 17 of his 23 bouts at the NCAA Championships to tie for third in the event and garner first team All-America honors.
On the women's side, Laura Gemmell of the women's squash team was named to her third Academic All-Ivy team. The four-time first team All-Ivy selection and 2010 College Squash Association individual national champion went 14-3 to help the Crimson repeat as team national champions this year. She reached the quarterfinals of the CSA individual national championship this year to finish her career with a 60-6 mark.
Junior co-captain Adabelle Ekechukwu of the women's track and field team earned her second straight Academic All-Ivy nod. The Oak Brook, Ill., native became the first woman in Ivy League history to eclipse the 20-meter mark in the weight throw, and she went on to break her own school and conference record to win the weight throw title at the Heptagonal Championships. Her efforts earned the Crimson its first Ivy title since 2000, and she was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the meet. At the NCAA Championships, she placed 12th to become the first female thrower in Harvard history to obtain All-America status.
Ekechukwu's teammate Erika Veidis also earned All-America accolades this season, finishing 10th at the NCAA championships in the 800 meters. The sophomore was a key component of the first Ivy championship since 2000, winning the 800 meters at the event and earning All-Ivy honors in the 800 and 4x800m relay.
Senior Victoria Lippert of the women's basketball team was a four-time All-Ivy League selection and a first-team honoree in 2013. The history and science concentrator ranks sixth in Harvard history with 1,520 career points, second in career 3-pointers with 185, fourth in career field goals with 568 and first in appearances with 117. This season she averaged 13.7 points per game to sit sixth in the conference while making a league-best 89 percent of her free throws.
Representing the women's fencing team was junior co-captain Alexandra Kiefer, who placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. The Lexington, Ky., native earned second-team All-America accolades and also secured a bronze medal at NCAA Regionals.
Winter 2012-2013 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Peregrine Badger, Men's Fencing (So., Providence, R.I., Biomedical Engineering)
Ali Farag, Men's Squash (Jr., Cairo, Egypt, Engineering Sciences (SB))
Mike Mosca, Men's Swimming & Diving (So., Tenafly, N.J., History & Sciences)
Walter Peppelman, Wrestling (Sr., Harrisburg, Pa., Government)
Chris Satterthwaite, Men's Swimming & Diving (Jr., Edina, Minn., Statistics)
Adabelle Ekechukwu, Women's Track & Field (Jr., Oak Brook, Ill., Neurobiology)
Laura Gemmell, Women's Squash, (Sr., Toronto, Ont., Human Evolutionary Biology)
Alexandra Kiefer, Women's Fencing (Jr., Lexington, Ky., Human Evolutionary Biology)
Victoria Lippert, Women's Basketball (Sr., San Diego, Calif., History & Sciences)
Erika Veidis, Women's Track & Field (So., Sparta, N.J., Government)