Nine Ivies Named to Capital One Academic All‐District Softball Teams
Portions Courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Cornell and Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011 Capital One Academic All-District ® Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the floor and in the classroom. Four Ivy League student-athletes were named to the District One first team, while five more were named to the second team.
Harvard's Rachel Brown and Ellen Macadam, as well as McKynlee Westman of Yale and Cornell's Marissa Amiraian earned first team honors. The first team selections advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America accolades. On the second team was a trio of Yale Bulldogs including Katie Yanagisawa, Jenifer Ong and Virginia Waldrop as well as Brown's Kristie Chin and Cornell's Elizabeth Dalymple.
Macadam, a psychology concentrator, earned first-team recognition with a 3.44 GPA. The Atlanta, Ga., native has been a catalyst for the Crimson this season, leading the team to its fifth Ivy League Championship and setting school records in career runs scored (139) and hits (222). Macadam was also named Ivy League Player of the Week twice this season.
Brown, also a psychology concentrator, joined Macadam on the first-team with a 3.53 GPA. The junior had arguably her best season in 2011, becoming the first Harvard pitcher to amass more than 20 wins in a season (21) and breaking the league single-season strikeout record with 291 on the year. Brown has pitched seven shutouts this season, is ranked fourth in the nation in strikeouts per game (11.4) and has been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week three times in 2011.
Westman, a biology major, started 39 games behind the plate and hit .307 with five doubles and 16 RBI. Twelve of her RBI came in league games where she batted an impressive .352.
Amiraian set Cornell records for hits and triples in a season in 2011. The three-year starter was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice and hit better than .400 in each of her final two seasons. She finished fourth in the Ivy League in batting, first in triples (third in NCAA), and second in both hits and runs scored. A career .350 hitter with nine triples, good for second in a career, Amiraian had 18 multi-hit games in 2011 while being the only player to start all 50 games as a senior. The senior centerfielder batted .460 in Ivy play. She has posted a 3.68 grade point average in Human Development.
A second-team All-Ivy selection last season, Chin led the 2011 Bears with 12 wins, 30 appearances, 23 starts, 19 complete games, two shutouts and 83 strikeouts in 172.2 innings pitched from the circle. The senior also batted .293 over 58 at-bats, racking up eight runs, three doubles and four RBI. Chin, a civil engineering and architectural studies major, boasts 3.60 GPA.
Dalrymple was 19-9 with a 1.98 ERA and 211 strikeouts in 194.1 innings pitched as a senior. The two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year ranked second in the Ancient Eight in wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts and opponent batting average and led the circuit in complete games and innings pitched. She posted five shutouts and 22 complete games. Dalrymple had 10 games with at least 10 strikeouts, including four games with at least 12, and earned wins. She allowed three hits or less in 12 of her 30 appearances and didn't allow an earned run in 11 games. She has posted a 3.37 grade point average in Nutritional Sciences.
Yanagisawa, a psychology major, was one of only four players to start all 42 games. She finished second on the team in hitting (.321) and tied for second in hits (44) and runs scored (24). Her 23-game hitting streak during the season was one of the longest in the nation this season. She is a Woodbridge, Conn., native.
Ong, a history/economics major from Pleasanton, Calif., set a school record with 16 doubles. She also led the team with 49 hits and was third in batting (.320).
Waldrop, a humanities major, started 27 games and had a career-high nine RBI. She is a Houston, Texas, native.