May 30, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - Four Brown student-athletes - three seniors and one junior - have been selected to the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large teams. 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. Four 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, all four of the Brown selections have also been recognized as Academic All-Ivy selections this year during the competition season for their respective sport.
On the women's side, all three of Brown's nominated student-athletes were selected with senior skier Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY) and senior rower Jeanette Saraidaridis (Reading, MA) earning First Team honors and junior field hockey standout Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) earning Second Team honors. Senior wrestler Shawn Kitchner (Startford, WI) was named First Team All-District, joining O'Hear as repeat selections after both earned Second Team honors a year ago. Kitchner, O'Hear, and Saraidaridis will now advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot.
The recipient of the Brown Athletics Post-Graduate Scholarship, Kitchner earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors at 165 pounds despite missing the entire Ivy season with an injury. An NCAA Qualifier, Kitchner placed fourth at the EIWA Championship after not wrestling for nearly two months because of the injury. He posted a 13-9 record this season, going 18-8 (5-0 in Ivy) in 2006, earning First Team All-Ivy honors. A two-time Academic All-Ivy and NWCA All-Academic Team selection, Kitchner was the recipient of the 2007 Doris M. and Norman T. Halpin Prize for Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone Projects.
O'Hear had another strong year on the slopes, winning five straight races to end the year, including both the slalom and giant slalom at regionals. A two-time NCAA Regional qualifier, O'Hear was a four-time First Team All-East selection, helping to guide the Bears to the 2004 and 2007 Eastern Championship. Brown's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, O'Hear was also a recipient of the Brown Athletics Post-Graduate Scholarship. A two-time captain and four-time team MVP, O'Hear earned six USCSA All-America awards and was a four-time USCSA All-Academic selection. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, O'Hear has also been a Research Assistant at both the Center of Behavioral and Preventative Medicine and Rhode Island Hospital. She was a two-year co-president of Brown's Society for Clinical Research for Undergrads, and a Hospice Volunteer.
Saraidaridis split time as the stroke of both the V8 and the 2V8 during the regular season, helping to lead the Bears to their fifth NCAA Championship this past weekend in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a member of the 2V8. Last year, she was undefeated as the stroke of the 2V8, winning the Ivy Eastern Sprints and the NCAA Championships. As the stroke of the V4 in 2005, Saraidaridis won the Ivy Eastern Sprints before getting moved to the stroke of the 2V8 for the NCAA Championships where she won Bronze. A Sigma Xi Associate member, Saraidaridis is also a Meiklejohn Advisor, a WISE Program Mentor, and a peer tutor for Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, and Calculus.
Posa started all 16 games for the field hockey team last fall, finishing the season with nine goals (first on the team and Ivy League) and 18 points (second on the team and fifth in the Ivy League). A Second Team All-Ivy selection, Posa also earned Second Team NFHCA All-Region. She led the Bears with three game-winning goals this season, including the only goal in a 1-0 win over Harvard to earn Ivy Player of the Week honors. A three-time selection to the NFHCA All-Academic Team, Posa spent the summer of 2006 working with a Neuropsychologist in a clinic at the VA Hospital and also at Butler Hospital conducting research on brain scans. She was also recently named a recipient of a UTRA Grant from Brown for the upcoming summer.