Emily Cross Named Academic All-America
Jun 21, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Former Harvard fencer Emily Cross can add a second Academic All-America selection to her long list of accomplishments during her time at Harvard.

Cross, a 2009 graduate with a degree in biology, has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America women's at-large third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. After taking off 2007-08 to help lead the U.S. team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Cross returned to lead the Crimson to the Ivy League championship in 2009.

The team co-captain garnered her third selections to the All-America and All-Ivy League teams and earned her second Academic All-Ivy League and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Cross placed third at the 2009 NCAA Championships in the foil, winning 21 bouts and scoring 107 touches while helping Harvard finish fifth as a team. She also posted a 16-2 record at the Ivy League Championships.

On the eve of commencement, Cross was a co-recipient of the Radcliffe Prize as Harvard's top female athlete. She was also honored as the top female scholar-athlete, receiving the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize.

In 2005, Cross won a national individual title, becoming the first Harvard and fifth Ivy woman to achieve that distinction. The following season, Cross was named to the Academic All-America third team after helping Harvard win the NCAA team championship and placing third individually in the foil.

Senior Bill Jones of the Crimson men's swimming and diving team was named to the Academic All-America men's at-large third team. They are Harvard's 62nd and 63rd CoSIDA Academic All-America selections. Cross is the only Crimson women's fencer to receive the honor. Men's fencer Greg Chang was honored in 1997.

The women's at-large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo.