Portions of this story courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications, Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Cornell and Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Five Ivies were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
On the women's side, Brown placed a pair on the first team in junior rower Rachel Gottlieb and senior gymnast Michelle Shnayder. For the men, Cornell senior men's ice hockey player Andy Iles, Harvard junior diver Mike Mosca and Columbia junior men's tennis player Ashok Narayana received the honor.
Gottlieb, a geology and physics/mathematics concentrator
with a 4.0 grade point average, rows in the third seat of the
varsity eight boat for the nation’s top-ranked women’s
crew, propelling the Bears to a 10-1 overall record and undefeated
4-0 Ivy League mark. Gottlieb helped Brown wrap up the regular
season with a five-race sweep of No. 11 Yale as the varsity eight
posted a 5:54.50 finish for its best mark since 2006. Gottlieb and
the rest of the Bears will vie for their first Ancient Eight title
since 2008 when they compete at this weekend’s Ivy League
Women’s Rowing Championship.
Shnayder, a neuroscience concentrator with a 3.90 GPA, co-captained the Bears to the most successful season in Brown gymnastics history, highlighted by a second-straight Ivy Classic Championship and the program’s first ECAC Championship. A USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals First Team All-American and All-Ivy Classic First Team pick, Shnayder was named an ECAC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and represented the Bears at the NCAA University Park Regional Championships.
Iles recently concluded a storied career with his hometown
Big Red by going 16-10-5 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .919
percentage — of which the latter two numbers tie
career-bests. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, ECAC
Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year, a Senior CLASS Award First Team
All-American, an All-Ivy League First Team selection and an
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team selection. Iles started 101 of the Big
Red's last 102 games and had the had the third-longest consecutive
start streak in NCAA Division I history (80). He won ECAC Hockey
Goaltender of the Week honors three times, pushing his career total
to nine. Iles also had nine career shutouts, with the final one
coming in the deciding Game 3 of the ECAC Hockey Championship
quarterfinal series against Clarkson, which the Big Red won in
In the penultimate game of the regular season, Iles broke the program's all-time saves record held by Ben Scrivens. He is also in the program's top 10 for tie (first, 17), wins (fourth, 58), shutouts (tied for fifth, nine), goals-against average (sixth, 2.25) and save percentage (.918, eighth). At the team's postseason banquet, Iles won the Wendell & Francelia Earle Award, which is presented annually to the top student in each class. Iles also won Cornell's Bill Doran Sportsmanship Award for a second straight season and the Mark Weiss Memorial Award, which is awarded to a senior with a career-long dedication and passion for the sport of hockey. Shortly after Cornell's season ending, Iles signed a professional contract with the ECHL's Florida Everblades.
Through the fall semester, Iles had a 3.81 grade point average with a major in Applied Economics & Management.
A record-holding diver at Harvard, Mosca earned Honorable Mention All-America status for his 13th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in March. He finished his junior season as the Ivy League Champion in both the one- and three-meter dives and the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet on top of being named an All-American.
Out of the pool Mosca and the Crimson owned the second-best grade point average among all NCAA swimming and diving teams in the country. Through the fall semester, Mosca had a 3.80 grade point average in history and science.
Narayana was named to his third straight All-Ivy League doubles first team and was selected to the singles second team for the second consecutive season. In the fall, Narayana and doubles partner Max Schnur captured the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, the first major title in program history.
Since then, Narayana has helped the Lions to a 22-2 record, including their 11th Ivy League title and a pair of wins in the NCAA Tournament as the squad advanced to the Round of 16.
Through the fall semester, Narayana had a 3.79 grade point average as a history major at Columbia.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Each individual selected to an Academic All-District squad becomes eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.