Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
TOWSON, Md. -- Four Ivy League student-athletes were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which were announced on Tuesday and Thursday.
On the men's side, Dartmouth junior skier Eric Packer (Anchorage, Ala.) and Yale senior goalie Johnathan Falcone (Flemington, N.J.) were each named to the At-Large Third Team. For the women's teams, Cornell senior gymnast Maddie Pearsall (LaGrange, Ill.) was a First Team selection, while Brown senior crew team member Casey Kelsey (Lyme, N.H.) was named to the Third Team.
The men's at-large teams were comprised of athletes from the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.The Women's At-Large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Packer, one of only three skiers to earn academic All-America honors, is an engineering major with a stellar 3.86 GPA. The junior was the top-ranked Nordic skier in the East this winter as the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) points leader. He placed among the top five in each of his 12 races during the carnival season, winning three as an individual and two relay races, and at the NCAA Championship earned a spot on the All-America first team by finishing fifth in the 10K freestyle.
Falcone ranked seventh in Division I with a 7.30 goals against average and was 14th in save percentage (.559) this spring. He was named the team's defensive player of the year (Christian Prince Award) and finished his career eighth on the Yale career save chart with 360. Falcone also earned second team All-Ivy, first team All-New England and second team Lowe's Senior All-America honors.
The economics major with a 3.79 GPA was just as impressive off the field. Falcone, who spent a summer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a member of the Economics Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee. In addition, he was elected as secretary of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity while being a significant contributor to "Bulldog Buddies," a Yale community outreach program that has students serving as mentors to New Haven Public School children.
Pearsall is a three-time Academic All-District selection and a six-time USAG All-American, Pearsall was a three-time ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-year captain, she ranks in the top 10 in school history in the all-around (third), floor (fifth), bars (eighth) and vault (10th). An NCAA qualifier in the all-around in 2009, Pearsall was named ECAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman. She was a 2010 Capital One/CoSida Academic All-American and candidate again in 2011 is a three-time academic all-district and Academic All-Ivy pick. Pearsall also won an Ivy Classic title on floor during her career.
The school's Richie Moran Award winner in 2010 and the Ronald P. Lynch Senior Spirit Award in 2011, Pearsall was a two-time USAG Scholar-Athlete and was selected to carry the symbol banner for the College of Engineering at Commencement.
Kelsey, a 2011 CRCA First Team All-American and member of the 2011 NCAA National Champion Brown Bears rowing team recorded a 3.88 GPA as a Biology and Economics major. At the 2011 NCAA Championships, she led the Bears Varsity 8 boat to a second-place showing that ultimately propelled Brown to the national title.