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Courtesy: Dartmouth

Ivy League Announces Academic All-Ivy for Winter Sports

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 06/12/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League released its annual list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in winter sports on Wednesday and the Big Green had 10 starters or key reserves on a varsity team that were presented with the honor.

Each winter student-athletes that makes a major contribution to their team and are able to maintain a 3.0 grade point average are eligible for Academic All-Ivy honors. The Dartmouth squad features six seniors, three juniors and one sophomore. Senior Michael Ahern (Old Westbury, N.Y.) made the team for the third time with four Dartmouth athletes, seniors Jenna Hobeika (Alpine, N.J.) and Doug Jones (Marietta, Ga.) and juniors Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Chris Hanson (Greenwich, Conn.), earning their second selections.

In his final season with the men's swimming and diving team, Ahern earned the honor for the third time after achieving it in his sophomore and junior seasons. Ahern is the school record holder in the 100 backstroke and reached the Ivy finals in his events all four years at Dartmouth.

Hobeika, one of the three captains for the women's hockey team, earned the honor for the second time after also receiving it her junior season. The biomedical engineering major played in her 100th game for the Big Green this season. She finished the year with eight goals and seven assists.

A member of the men's hockey team, Jones, made the squad after also receiving the honor his sophomore season. Jones was an assistant captain this year, and led the team in scoring with 25 points. He became the 36th Big Green player to reach 100 points in his career.

The third Big Green athlete to earn the honor a second time, Steen, is a member of the women's basketball team and a psychology major. She earned second team All-Ivy for the second straight season, and became the 16th 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Hanson, of the men's squash team, secured his second Academic All-Ivy honor after making the team his sophomore year. The psychology major was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection this season, while going 14-4 at number one singles.

A geography major and a member of the women's skiing team, senior Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) achieved her first Academic All-Ivy honor. She was a two-time All-America in 2012 by placing seventh and ninth at the two Nordic events at the NCAA Championships.

On the men's skiing side, senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) earned his first Academic All-Ivy honor. The economics major skied in both Nordic events at the 2012 NCAA Championships, finishing 13th and 24th.

Junior Sarah Loucks made the squad for the first time from the women's squash team. The classics major competed at third and fourth singles this season, and helped the Big Green to an eighth-place finish at the Potter Cup.

For men's basketball, senior David Rufful (Warwick, R.I.) made the squad for the first time. A government major, Rufful was a team captain and set a new school record for games played with 114. He scored over 800 points in his career and led the team in steals each of the last three years.

Rounding out the team for the Big Green was sophomore Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) of the women's swimming and diving team. Kerr holds the school record in the 200 freestyle, finishing third at the Ivy Championships this year.

Faziah Steen Jenna Hobeika Sarah Loucks Christine Kerr Erika Flowers

David Rufful Doug Jones Chris Hanson Michael Ahern Gordon Vermeer

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