PROVIDENCE, RI – Two Brown senior student-athletes have been selected to the District I CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America At-Large teams. Women's rower Casey Kelsey (Lyme, NH) was selected to the First Team, while men's ice hockey forward Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) was named to the Second Team. By virtue of her selection to the All-District First Team, Kelsey will now advance to the CoSIDA/Capital One 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.
A Second Team All-Ivy honoree as part of Brown's sixth-ranked women's crew, Kelsey has helped guide the Bears to an 11-4 record, a second place finish at the 2011 EAWRC Sprints, and a berth to their 15th-consecutive NCAA Championship. The six-seat for the varsity 8 boat and a team captain, Kelsey won an NCAA Title in 2010 as part of the 2V8 boat, helping Brown to a fifth place finish overall at the 2010 Championships. As a freshman in 2008, Kelsey won her first NCAA Title, while rowing for the Novice 8. A double concentrator in Biology and Economics with a 3.88 GPA, Kelsey was also named a 2010 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete.
The 2011 Ivy League Ice Hockey Player of the Year, Zolnierczyk led the Bears in scoring with 31 points (16g, 15a), three game-winning goals, two short-handed goals, and six power play goals. The Bears' captain, Zolnierczyk also had a team-high 17 points (10g, 7a) in ECAC Hockey games, while earning First Team All-Ivy honors after leading the Ivy League with 11 points (8g, 3a) in 10 Ivy games. A 30-point scorer for the second consecutive season, Zolnierczyk finished his four-year career with 69 points (30g, 39a) in 114 games, while earning 2011 Academic All-Ivy recognition. A two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, Zolnierczyk was instrumental in organizing the Bears' fundraiser in the month of November, as the team grew mustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. An economics concentrator with a 3.57 GPA, Zolnierczyk singed an NHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of the season.