Kari Klassen Johnson '98 Named To Brown Athletics Hall of Fame
April 1, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown Athletics Hall of Fame will hold its 33rd Annual Induction Dinner on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Westin Hotel. Those former Brown greats being inducted are Richard R. Lloyd '92 (Basketball), Edward B. Patton '88 (Crew), T. Donald Thompson '56 (Football), Rebecca D. Kellar '97 (Ice Hockey), Michael J. Evans '76 (Lacrosse), Kari Klassen Johnson '98 (Swimming/Diving), and Meremu M. Chikwendu '98 (Track & Field). In addition, the 1984 Brown Women's Soccer Team will be inducted, along with William A. Pollard, who will receive the Paul L. Maddock '33 Award.
Rick Lloyd '92 completed his Brown career as the Bears' fourth all-time career scorer with 1,294 points. A two-year team captain, Lloyd graduated from Brown summa cum laude and was a three-time Academic All-American. He ranked third in all-time career assists with 379, and was named to All-Tournament teams at the Pepsi Marist Classic and the Arizona State Tribune Classic. He also held the Brown career mark for three-point field goals with 201 treys, which ranked fourth in the Ivy League record book. He was the 1992 recipient of the J. Richmond Fales trophy as MVP of the Brown team.
Ted Patton '88 became an integral part of an unprecedented stretch for the Brown crew, winning back-to-back IRA Championships in 1986 and 1987, and the Eastern Sprints in 1987. While at Brown, the crew was consistently ranked in the top three nationally. He captained the 1988 crew and won the program's inspiration award, given to the oarsman who gives "the greatest inspiration to teammates during the year." He was a member of the 1987 United States Heavyweight Eight, which won the gold medal at the World Championships in Copenhagen, and the 1998 US Eight, which won the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics.
Zipper Thompson '56 earned a berth on the Brown 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team of the 1950's as a halfback and return specialist. He finished his career as the number three punt returner, and among the all-time leaders in all-purpose yardage. As a senior, Thompson led the Bears in pass receiving, and punt and kickoff returns. He was also second in scoring and rushing as a senior. He was a Sophomore All-American, a second team All-Ivy selection by the AP and UPI, and the only sophomore named All-New England by the Saturday Evening Post.
Becky Kellar '97 earned acclaim following her stellar Brown career, earning a silver medal as a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team, and taking home the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. She is currently seventh on Brown's all-time scoring list with 129 points (47 goals, 82 assists). Kellar was a second team All-ECAC selection as a senior, helping the Bears to the ECAC Regular Season Championship and the Ivy League Championship.
Michael Evans '76 capped a brilliant lacrosse career by being named a second team All-American, a first team All-Ivy and first team All-New England selection his senior year. He also played in the prestigious North-South Game in 1976 after helping Brown to an eighth place national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Evans also was a starter at fullback on the Brown soccer team that advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 1973 and 1975. He is one of the only Brown players to ever play in the NCAA Playoffs in two sports in the same academic year.
Kari Klassen '98 earned first team All-Ivy honors 13 times in her three-year Brown career, helping the Bears win three consecutive Ivy League/Eastern Championships. An honorable mention All-American as a junior, Klassen was named the RIAIAW Athlete of the Year. She also set a conference record in the 100 butterfly, a record that still stands today. Klassen was first team All-Ivy five times as a senior, while also earning Academic All-Ivy honors.
Meremu Chikwendu '98 was one of the dominant runners in the Ivy League, both indoor and outdoor. She captured five Heptagonal Championships in the 200 meters, and three Heptagonal titles in the 400 meters. Her name appears on Brown's Top Five all-time performance list 12 times, and Top 10 list 17 times. Chikwendu also earned six 4x100 meter relay Heptagonal Championships, and three 4x100 meter relay Heptagonal titles.
The 1984 Brown Women's Soccer Team is considered by head coach Phil Pincince to be the "finest he has ever coached." The 1984 Bears recorded a final record of 13-1-1, falling only to the University of Connecticut in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The team scored 38 goals throughout the season, allowing just three against. The 1984 Ivy League Champions featured Theresa Abrahamson, the Ivy League Player of the Year, who along with midfielder Gretchen Orr and defender Colleen O'Day, earned every possible accolade from All-Ivy to All-American.
Bill Pollard '50 has been a staunch and loyal supporter of Brown Athletics for decades. He was the original treasurer of the Brown Sports Foundation in 1983, and served in that capacity for many years. The retired insurance executive is on the Board of Directors of the Brown Hockey Association and Brown Football Association, and sits on the Advisory Committee on Athletics. He provided the lead gift in the renovation of Meehan Auditorium, and the Pollard Family Rink reflects the level of that commitment.