Ten Harvard Student-Athletes Earn 2018 Winter Academic-All Ivy Honors

Ten Harvard Student-Athletes Earn 2018 Winter Academic-All Ivy Honors

Ten standout student-athletes from Harvard have been selected to the 2018 Winter Academic All-Ivy League team. 

Ivy League Press Release

 The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard – who have been selected to the 2018 Winter Academic All-Ivy League team.

The goal of Academic All-Ivy is to properly honor top student-athletes in the three sports seasons (fall, winter and spring). For each sports season, each Ivy institution nominates 10 student-athletes – five men and five women – with grade point averages of 3.00 or higher. These student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve on an officially sponsored varsity sport.

Below are the student-athletes representing Harvard. 

Katie Benzan
Women's Basketball
Sophomore, Psychology, Wellesley, Mass.
Unanimous first-team All-Ivy; Ivy League All-Tournament Team; led team in scoring with 13.5 ppg; finished among the top-10 in the nation in three-point shooting percentage; set the program record with 99 three-pointers made this season; named Ivy League Player of the Week (Feb. 5) after posting back-to-back 20-point games vs. Columbia and Cornell. 

Eli Dershwitz
Men's Fencing
Junior, History, Sherborn, Mass.
Clinched his second straight NCAA Championship title in sabre; first-team All-America; posted a perfect 23-0 record in the round robins of the NCAA Championships; named to All-Ivy first team; crowned the individual champion in sabre at the Ivy League Round Robins; finished the 2017-18 season with a 47-6 overall record plus-131 touch differential. 

Miki Dahlke
Women's Swimming and Diving
Sophomore, Applied Mathematics, Mill Valley, Calif.
Competed in the 100 fly, 100 free, and 200 free at the NCAA championships; finished 21st in the 100 fly with a time of 52.35 at the NCAA Championships; Ivy League High Point Swimmer of the Meet; All-Ivy first team honoree in the 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 free relay and 800 free relay; All-Ivy second team honoree in the 400 free relay; broke Blodgett Pool record in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly at the Ivy League Championships.

Madhav Dhingra
Men's Squash
Senior, Economics, Delhi, India
Team captain; led Harvard to a second-place finish at the Collegiate Squash Association Team Championship (Potter Cup); went 12-3 (5-1 Ivy); competed primarily at No. 5 but played half his matches at No. 4 and No. 6; led Crimson to No. 2 finish in the nation. 

Ryan Donato
Men's Ice Hockey
Junior, Sociology, Scituate, Mass.
The ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist; became the 32nd player in program history to top the 100-point mark, finishing his Crimson career with 104 points (60 goals, 44 assists) in 97 games played; led the Crimson in scoring with 43 points (26 goals, 17 assists) in 2017-18; first-team All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy; led the nation with an average of .90 goals per game and had a conference-leading .89 points per game in ECAC Hockey contests; recorded three hat tricks on the season; played for the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, leading the team with six points (five goals, assist) before returning to complete the season at Harvard; continuing studies at Harvard while a member of the NHL's Boston Bruins. 

Dean Farris
Men's Swimming and Diving
Sophomore, History & Science and Society, Atlanta, Ga.
All-America first team honors in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke; All-America honorable mention in 50-yard freestyle; named the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships; broke the Harvard pool record in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships, clocking in with a time of 19.16; All-Ivy first team in 200 free, 100 back and 200 back, as well as 400 free and 800 free relays; posted three top times in the nation (200 free, 200 back, 100 back); recorded the best time in the nation in the 200 back at the Ivy League Championships (1:31.12); shattered the program record in the 200 free, recording the second best time in the nation in the 200 back (1:38.99) at the Ivy League Championships. 

Josef Johnson
Senior, Economics, Piscataway, N.J.
Made third NCAA Championships appearance; All-Ivy first team selection; finished the season with a 29-13 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in dual matches; placed third in the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat open with a 4-1 record; won the Franklin and Marshall Open at 174 Pounds with a perfect 5-0 record; faced nine nationally ranked opponents and earned two victories, including a 3-1 decision in sudden victory in the NCAA Championships; finished fifth at 174 pounds in the EIWA Championships to qualify for NCAA Championships. 

Marta Lasota
Women's Fencing
Sophomore, English, Silver Spring, Md.
Finished 12th at the NCAA championships this season; earned All-America honorable mention; led the sabre squad this season with a 57-30 overall record and a plus-74 touch differential; posted a 9-9 record at the Ivy League Round Robins. 

Kayley Leonard
Women's Squash
Junior, Psychology, Harrison, N.Y.
Collegiate Squash Association All-America first team honoree for the third-straight year; unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy; led Harvard to the 2018 National Championship and Ivy League title, its fourth- and third-straight, respectively; Ramsay Cup (National) quarterfinalist; competed primarily at No. 3, but also played six matches at No. 1 and No. 2; undefeated in the team season, going 15-0 (7-0 Ivy) on the year; posted a nearly flawless record of 45-2 in dual match play; went 4-0 against other All-America honorees; has won 26 straight matches in dual play; helped Harvard extend its win streak to 53 consecutive matches, the longest run in program history. 

Gabby Thomas
Track and Field
Junior, Neurobiology, Florence, Mass.
USTFCCCA first-team All-American (200m); USTFCCA second-team All-American (60m); Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track Performer of the Meet; first-team All-Ivy and Ivy League champion in the 60m, 200m and 4x400m relay; second-team All-Ivy in the long jump; became the first Ivy League women's sprinter ever to win an indoor national championship, setting a new collegiate record (22.38) in the 200m final at the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships; the fourth national indoor champion in Harvard women's track and field history; set a new Ivy League and Harvard record in the 60m dash (7.25); team captain.