Ten Fall Student-Athletes Tabbed Academic All-Ivy League

Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.
Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes - including 10 from Harvard-who have been named to the fall 2009-10 Academic All-Ivy League team.

The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0.  Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.

The football team headed the men's list with two selections, while women's soccer produced three of the five female selections.

Senior Lizzy Nichols of the women's soccer team makes her third appearance on the Academic All-Ivy team after being named All-Ivy League for the fourth straight season. A finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Nichols led Harvard to its second-straight Ivy crown.   

Joining Nichols from the soccer team were sophomore Melanie Baskind and junior Katherine Sheeleigh.

Sheeleigh, a three-time All-Ivy selection, was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team. She led Harvard in scoring with 21 points and goals with eight. Baskind also earned mention by ESPN The Magazine and scored twice in the championship-clinching win at Columbia in the final game of the regular season.

Junior Claire Richardson was one of two cross country representatives on the team. Richardson is a two-time NCAA qualifier in cross country, a two-time all-region selection and a two-time all-academic pick. This season she earned all-league status and had a top 100 finish in the NCAA Championships.

Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon rounds out the women's selections with the senior field hockey player earning the nod after captaining the team and starting all four years at midfield and back for the Crimson.   

Senior linebacker Jon Takamura and junior safety Collin Zych led the men's selections with both earning all-league status. Takamura led Harvard in interceptions and sacks despite missing a game and starting just two. Zych meanwhile, led the Ivy League in pass breakups and passes defended while ranking third in the league in solo tackles with 53. He was named team MVP at its awards banquet and will be the next captain of Harvard football next fall.

Junior Daniel Chenoweth makes a return to the list after finishing among the top 45 runners at this year's NCAA Championships for a second consecutive season. An Ivy League Heptagonal champion, Chenoweth is a two-time All-Northeast Region selection and All-Ivy League honoree.

Egen Atkinson represents the men's water polo team with the senior attacker and team captain finishing a fine career with 28 goals and 10 multi-goal efforts including two hat tricks this fall. He also was named to the All-Northern Division first team.

Andre Akpan finished an amazing career by being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. A four-time All-Ivy League pick and two-time All-American, Akpan stands first in Harvard history with 127 career points and 33 assists while ranking tied for first in program history with 47 goals.

The Ivy League will publish two more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2009-10 academic year, one following the winter season and one at the end of spring competition. 

Fall 2009 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Harvard Selections
Andre Akpan, Soccer (Sr., Economics, Grand Prairie, Texas)
Egen Atkinson, Water Polo (Sr., Economics, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Daniel Chenoweth, Cross Country (Jr., Undeclared, Geneseo, Ill.)
Jon Takamura, Football (Sr., Economics, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collin Zych, Football (Jr., Economics, Plano, Texas.)

Melanie Baskind, Soccer (So., Undecided, Framingham, Mass.)
Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon, Field Hockey (Sr., Psychology, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Lizzy Nichols, Soccer (Sr., History & Literature and History of Art & Architecture (dual), Princeton, N.J.)
Claire Richardson, Cross Country (Jr., Neurobiology, St. Paul, Minn.)
Katherine Sheeleigh, Soccer (Jr., Economics, New Vernon, N.J.)