PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2012 Academic All-Ivy League honors for the fall season and 10 Columbia students 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.
Seniors Heather Braunagel and Megan Gaughn represent the volleyball program. Braunagel was a first-team All-Ivy League selection after leading the conference with 1.20 blocks per set. She also averaged 1.77 kills per set and posted a.351 attack percentage. Gaughn was tabbed as a unanimous All-Ivy League pick. In her final campaign, she became Columbia's all-time leader in kills with 1,234 for her career and the first Lion to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
Columbia's field hockey team also earned a pair of honorees in seniors Katie DeSandis and Paige Simmons. DeSandis earned a spot on the All-Ivy Leauge first-team and the NFHCA All-Mideast Region second-team. She posted seven goals and tied for the team lead with Simmons with 10 assists. This is Simmons, who earned her second straight Academic All-Ivy nod, was named second-team All-Ivy League, and was third on the squad with 18 points.
Senior Mike Waller and junior Wells Childress from the football team join the list. Childress played in all 10 games, recording 24 tackles and a sack. His block of an extra point with 6:30 left in the fourth quareter helped Columbia preserve a win against Marist on Sep. 15. Waller earned All-Ivy League honorable mention status last month after a 77 tackle season, which ranked second on the team. The linebacker earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 29 and was named John H. Toner Columbia Homecoming Player of the Game on Oct. 20.
From men's cross country senior Michael Murphy and Jacob Sienko earned spots after playing key roles in the team's 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Murphy was a second-team All-Ivy League honoree after an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship. He also placed 12th at NCAA Northeast Regionals to earn All-Northeast Region honors. Sienko achieved the same accolades by finishing 13th at the Heps and posting a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals.
Junior Beverly Leon was chosen from the women's soccer program. Leon started all 16 games, posting six goals and three assists, including a game-winning goal against Sacred Heart. On the men's soccer side, junior Henning Sauerbier achieved Academic All-Ivy League status after starting 13 games and coming up with key goals against No. 15 St. John's and Yale.
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Columbia 2012 Fall Academic All-Ivy
Heather Braunagel, Sr., Women's Volleyball, Sustainable Development (Trumbull, Conn.)
Wells Childress, Jr., Football, Psychology (Houston)
Katie DeSandis, Sr., Field Hockey, Anthroplogy (Emmaus, Pa.)
Megan Gaughn, Sr., Women's Volleyball, Psychology (Winter Park, Fla.)
Beverly Leon, Jr., Women's Soccer, History (Wrentham, Mass.)
Michael Murphy, Sr., Men's Cross Country, Financial Economics (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Henning Sauerbier, Jr., Men's Soccer, Financial Economics (Dueren, Germany)
Jacob Sienko, Jr., Men's Cross Country, Enviornmental Science (Warwick, R.I.)
Paige Simmons, Sr., Field Hockey, Economics-Mathematics (Del Mar, Calif.)
Mike Waller, Sr., Football, Economics (Wayne, N.J.)