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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Eileen Barroso

Ten Spring Student-Athletes Garner Academic All-Ivy League Honors

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 06/19/2012
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PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports on Tuesday and 10 Columbia student-athletes were recognized for their achievements.

In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, and have been a starter or key reserve on his or her team.

This year’s Columbia honorees included:

Nicole Bartnik, Jr., Women’s Tennis, Political Science (Bradenton, Fla.)
Nikki Bourassa, Jr., Women’s Rowing, Environmental Biology (Pennsauken, N.J.)
Sarah Chai, Sr., Women’s Archery, Sociology (Irvine, Calif.)
Jon Eisen, Sr., Baseball, Economics/Political Science (Nashville, Tenn.)
John Gregorek, So., Men’s Track & Field, History (Seekonk, Mass.)
Kacie Johnson, Jr., Women’s Lacrosse, Economics (Wilton, Conn.)
Pat Lowery, Sr., Baseball, History (Oakdale, Conn.)
Harry McFann, So., Men’s Track & Field, Film Studies (Gahanna, Ohio)
Stephanie Ngai, Sr., Women’s Rowing, History (Berkeley, Calif.)
Haig Schneiderman, Sr., Men’s Tennis, Economics (New York)

Baseball, women’s rowing and men’s track & field led the way for Columbia with two selections each.

Baseball seniors Jon Eisen and Pat Lowery stood out in their final season in Columbia blue. Eisen was the winner of the Blair Bat after posting the highest batting average in Ivy League play at .446. Lowery led Columbia in ERA (2.35) and strikeouts (46) and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 21st round of the MLB Draft.

Women’s rowing junior Nikki Bourassa was an all-region first team selection, a C.R.A.S.H.-B collegiate champion and a varsity eight stalwart. Senior teammate Stephanie Ngai was the varsity eight coxswain and was crucial to the Lions achieving their highest rank ever in the CRCA national poll.

Men’s track & field sophomores Harry McFann and John Gregorek had breakout seasons. McFann reached the NCAA semifinals in the 800m and was an Ivy League outdoor champion in the 800m and 4x800m relay, running anchor on the squad that set a new conference record of 7:20.53. Gregorek was an NCAA qualifier in the 3,000m steeplechase and was a Second Team All Ivy selection in the event.

Women’s archery senior Sarah Chai has been named to the Academic All-Ivy League squad in each of the last three seasons (2010, 2011, 2012). She was an All-East honoree and won the bronze medal in the recurve at the United States Intercolleigate Archery Championships (USIAC). Chai also earned a spot on the U.S. collegiate national team.

Women’s lacrosse junior Kacie Johnson was a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection and was the Ivy League leader in total points per game (4.87). She led Columbia in goals (41), assists (32) and points (73).

Men’s tennis senior Haig Schneiderman is a two-time Academic All-Ivy League honoree (2011, 2012). He was a First Team All-Ivy League selection at No. 1 or No. 2 singles and tallied a 10-3 record in doubles. Schneiderman was a co-captain and helped lead the Lions to their third NCAA tournament appearance in four years.

Women’s tennis junior Nicole Bartnik had a sensational season, earning Ivy League Player of the Year honors after going undefeated (7-0) in singles during conference play. She posted a 14-3 overall record and was a unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection. Bartnik led the Lions to a historic season as their 13 victories and four Ivy League wins were all-time bests and their 4-3 conference mark was the first winning record in program history.

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