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.
Columbia’s cross country team saw three honorees, two from the men, seniors Nicolas Composto and John Gregorek along with junior Waverly Neer from the women’s side. Composto and Gregorek paced the men’s squad all season long, guiding the Lions to the Ivy League Team Championship. Each were named All-Ivy League, All-Northeast Region and Composto went on to achieve All-America status at the NCAA Championships. Neer was the runner-up at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and took fourth place at the NCAA Northeast Regionals to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.
For the women, field hockey had two representatives in senior Danielle Cosentino and sophomore Christina Freibott. Cosentino saw action in 16 games and posted a goal and two assists. Freibott was selected second team NFHCA All-Mideast Region and second team All-Ivy League after recording five goals and six assists.
Men’s soccer also added two members of its team to the list, senior Henning Sauerbier and junior Jack Gagné. Sauerbier, a two-time All-Ivy League member and the 2010 Ancient Eight Rookie of the Year, made 13 starts in the midfield and posted two assists. Gagné helped anchor Columbia’s backfield, starting 14 games and chipped in one goal.
Senior Brian East was chosen from the football team after breaking out for 84 tackles, to rank fourth in the conference, and two interceptions. Women’s soccer senior Beverly Leon earned the nod after compiling a career-high 24 points (9 G, 6 A) en route to earning second team All-Ivy League honors. Sophomore Bailey Springer represents the volleyball team, and led the league in kills (3.55) and points (3.89) per set to clinch a spot on the All-Ivy League Second Team.
Columbia Fall 2013 Academic All-Ivy League
Nicolas Composto, Sr., Men’s Cross Country, History (Chicago, Ill.)
Danielle Cosentino, Sr., Field Hockey, Financial Economics (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Brian East, Sr., Football, Sociology (Carmel, Ind.)
Christina Freibott, So., Field Hockey, Undecided (Wilmington, Del.)
Jack Gagné, Jr., Men’s Soccer, Liberal Arts (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
John Gregorek, Sr., Men’s Cross Country, History (Seekonk, Mass.)
Beverly Leon, Sr., Women’s Soccer, History (Wrentham, Mass.)
Waverly Neer, Jr., Women’s Cross Country, Anthropology (Russiaville, Ind.)
Henning Sauerbier, Sr., Men’s Soccer, Financial Economics (Dueren, Germany)
Bailey Springer, So., Volleyball, Undecided (Forth Worth, Texas)