PRINCETON, N.J.—Ten Columbia University student-athletes were named to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Ivy League Team, league officials announced Thursday morning.
Earning Spring Academic All-Ivy League honors for Columbia were Shawn Hadavi (Men's Tennis), Matt Karo (Baseball), Richard Pham (Men's Tennis), Alek Sauer (Men's Track and Field), Ryan Thomas (Men's Track and Field), Charlotte Buck (Women's Rowing), Jackie Chulya (Women's Golf), Taylor Quinn (Women's Lacrosse), Henna Rustami (Women's Track and Field) and Natalie Tanner (Women's Track and Field).
Chulya, Rustami and Tanner all earned the honor for a third time in their respective careers, while five of the student-athletes—Hadavi (2), Sauer (2), Chulya (3), Rustami (3) and Tanner (3)—all earned multiple Academic All-Ivy League honors.
Rustami became the first student-athlete in Columbia history to earn Academic All-Ivy League honors in each season during the same academic calendar year: 2016 fall: cross country, 2017 winter: indoor track and field and 2017 spring: outdoor track and field. She also became the fifth student-athlete in school history to earn the honor in all three seasons joining Caroline Bierbauer, Martina Brosnahan, Megan Lessard and Michele Smith to garner the honor in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team. The conference announces 10 Academic All-Ivy League selections (five men and five women) per school after each of its three athletic seasons: fall, winter and spring.
Following is a breakdown of each Columbia Spring Academic All-Ivy League selections:
COLUMBIA'S SPRING ACADEMIC ALL-IVY LEAGUE SELECTIONS (10)
SHAWN HADAVI, Tennis, Senior, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Major: Economics
Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection…ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year…Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recipient…First Team All-Ivy League in both singles and doubles…Earned Columbia's Maniatty Award, given to a senior for outstanding achievement throughout their career…Accumulated a 28-12 overall singles record with a 5-1 mark in Ivy League play…No. 1 player on the Ivy League Championship squad…Helped guide Columbia's men's tennis program to four consecutive Ivy League championships…2016 Ivy League Player of the Year and ITA Northeast Player to Watch…Two-time First Team All-Ivy League selection…Won the 2016 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Championship with Richard Pham.
MATT KARO, Baseball, Junior, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Major: Chemical Engineering
Hit .254 with two home runs and seven RBI in 24 starts as a catcher…Recorded a career-best 10-game hit streak in 2017.
RICHARD PHAM, Tennis, Senior, Saratoga, Calif., Major: Political Science
First Team All-Ivy League selection in doubles…Accumulated a 28-11 record at No. 1 doubles…Went 4-2 in singles play during Ivy League season…Part of a doubles team ranked as high as No. 8 in the ITA national rankings…Won the 2016 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Championship with Shawn Hadavi.
ALEK SAUER, Track & Field, Sophomore, Yardley, Pa., Major: Biological Studies
Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection as he earned the honor during the winter…Ivy League champion with the 4x800-meter relay team…NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the 800-meters, advancing to the second round…Finished fourth at Heps in the 800-meter run…Indoor Heps champion in the 1,000-meter run (2:24.96) who went from fourth to first place in the final 50 meters…Indoor Heps champion in the 4x800-meter relay, one of just two men at the 2017 Indoor Heps to win a relay and individual title…Earned All-Ivy League honors in the indoor 800-meter run…Named a 2016 USTFCCCA Academic All-American.
RYAN THOMAS, Track & Field, Junior, Charlottesville, Va., Major: Political Science
Ivy League champion in the 5,000-meter run…Won heat of the 5,000-meter at the Stanford Invitational…NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifier…Ran the third fastest 5,000-meter time in school history at 14:00.56, which was the fastest time in the Ivy League this year.
CHARLOTTE BUCK, Rowing, Junior, Nyack, N.Y., Major: Biological Studies
CRCA Pocock Second Team All-America selection…CRCA First Team All-Region selection…Received invitation to tryout for the Under-23 United States National Team…Rowed in stroke seat all season long with the Varsity 8…Led Lions to the Bronze Medal in the Varsity 8 at the Grand Final of the Eastern Sprints...Led Columbia's Varsity 8 in head-to-head victories over Barry, Clemson and Rutgers…Led Columbia to finishes over Penn and Cornell at the Clemson Invitational…Qualified for the Grand Final in the Varsity 8 at the Ivy League Championships.
JACKIE CHULYA, Golf, Senior, Bangkok, Thailand, Major: Economics & Math
Three-time Academic Ivy League selection, earning spring honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017…First Team All-Ivy League selection after finishing fifth at the Ivy League Championship in May…Finished career ranked No. 2 in program history in stroke average…Team captain…Three-time All-Ivy League selection (First Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, First Team in 2017), only the second player in program history to claim three All-Ivy League honors…Three-time NGCA/WGA All-Scholar Team member…Dinah Shore Trophy award-winner in 2015-16…Ivy League Player of the Year in 2016…Two-time team captain…Captured two individual titles in career: Cardinal Cup in 2016 and River Landing Classic in 2015…Set single-season program records for both birdies (62) and par-4 scoring (4.16) in 2015-16…Concluded the 2015-16 season with the second-best single season scoring average in program history (74.95).
TAYLOR QUINN, Lacrosse, Senior, Radnor, Pa., Major: Film Studies
IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team selection…Unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection…Scored a team-high 47 goals and led the Ivy League with 56 ground balls, setting new school record…Four-time All-Ivy League selection...Her 188 draw controls are the fourth most in Ivy League history…Fifth player in program history with 60 or more career caused turnovers.
HENNA RUSTAMI, Track & Field, Senior, Syosset, N.Y., Major: Political Science
Three-time Academic All-Ivy League selection, becoming the first student-athlete in Columbia history to achieve the honor in three consecutive seasons in the same academic calendar year….Becomes the fifth student-athlete in school history to earn the honor in all three season and the fifth student-athlete at Columbia to earn the honor in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field…NCAA East Prelims Qualifier in the 5,000-meter run…Won Ivy League championship in the 5,000-meter run…Anchored the school-record setting DMR at Penn Relays, posting a 4:36.98 split in the one-mile…Indoor Heps Champion in the 3,000-meter run 9:34.66…Also claimed an Indoor Heps title in the distance medley relay after running an anchor split of 4:38.61 (school-record at that distance is 4:40.72)…Ran fastest 3,000-meter in school history, taking second place at the Villanova Invitational (9:10.56)…Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection as she earned the honor in the fall with the cross country team…Advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual runner…Placed eighth at Northeast Regional Cross Country championships…Finished 15th at the Ivy League Cross Country championships.
NATALIE TANNER, Track & Field, Rye, N.Y., Neuroscience
Three-time Academic Ivy League selection…NCAA Finals qualifier in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs…Finished fifth at the NCAA East Prelims with a season-best time of 33:41.65…Won Ivy League Championship in the 10,000-meters…Runner-up in the 5,000-meter run at Ivy League Heps…Ran the Ivy League's fastest 10,000-meter time this year and ran the second fastest 5,000-meter time.