May 23, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Three Brown student-athletes - two seniors and one junior - have been selected to the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large teams. On the women's side, two of Brown's three nominated student-athletes were selected with senior field hockey player Katie Auriemma (Medford, NJ) and senior rower Sarah Wu (North Andover, MA) both earning First Team honors. Junior water polo player Mike Gartner (San Jose, CA) earned Second Team All-District honors on the men's team. Auriemma and Wu will now advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot.
For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men's team and three student-athletes for the women's team. Three of Brown's six nominated student-athletes were either named to the First or the Second Team in a vote by members of Co-SIDA. In addition, two of the three Brown selections have also been recognized as Academic All-Ivy selections this year during the competition season for their respective sport.
A two-year starter at defense on the Brown field hockey team, Auriemma played in 56 career games and helped lead the Bears' defense this past season, earning the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award. A four-time selection to the NFHCA All-Academic Team, Auriemma also earned Academic All-Ivy honors in the fall of 2007. One of 10 recipients of Brown's Joslin Award, given to seniors who have distinguished themselves through their involvement in campus life, Auriemma was one of 37 Brown juniors elected to the Brown chapter of Phi Beta Kappa last spring and served as the Undergraduate Secretary for Phi Beta Kappa this past year. Auriemma was also a Meikeljohn Advisor for two years, a WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) mentor, and an Academic Tutor. She had a 3.96 GPA at the time of her nomination and will graduate this weekend with a degree in Biology.
Wu has helped to lead the Brown women's crew to a #2 national ranking and an 8-2 record, serving as the coxswain for the varsity eight. A 2007 NCAA Champion as part of the V8 boat, Wu will attempt to win back-to-back Championships when the Bears compete at the NCAAs next weekend. Wu has served as a co-captain this season and recently earned First Team All-Ivy honors after helping to lead Brown to the 2008 EAWRC and Ivy League Championships. A Second Team All-Ivy selection in 2007, Wu was the recipient of the Joukowsky Post-Graduate Scholarship (given to one male and one female) this year, and the Lewis Burnham Covert Scholarship in 2006 and 2007. In addition, she also received the Arlene Gorton '52 Cup at the All Sports Banquet earlier this month. A Champion at the 2007 Women's Henley Regatta, Wu was also an NCAA Championship Runner-up in 2006 and a third-place finisher in 2005. She had a 3.76 GPA at the time of her nomination and will graduate this weekend with a degree in Economics.
Gartner earned a spot on the Second Team after finishing the season ranked 13th in the nation with 74 goals, and drawing a team-high 96 ejections in 31 games. An Honorable Mention All-American for the second consecutive season, Gartner was a First Team All-Northern Division selection for the third time in his career and a First Team All-Eastern Championships for the second time in his career. An Academic All-Ivy selection in the fall, Gartner led the Bears in scoring by 19 goals and in ejections drawn by 62. He also had a team-high .592 shot percentage. A two-time ACWPC All-Academic and CWPA All-Academic selection, Gartner had a 3.59 GPA at the time of his nomination and is concentrating in Applied Mathematics.