Athletic feats of excellence


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Penn’s national champion women’s squash team: (front, left to right)Patti Lin, Suzette Solomon, Runa Reta, Helen Bamber, Rina Borromeo, Eliza Jacobs, Chrissy Eynon and Nehal Chopra; (back, left to right) Assistant Coach Ken Berman, Megan Fuller, Keelin Nelson, Lauren Mann, Co-Captains Paige Kollock and Katie Patrick, Alex Black, Lauren Patrizio, Volunteer Assistant Coach Leslie Smith and Head Coach Demer Holleran.

Women’s squash took their first ever Howe Cup title this year, finishing the season undefeated. Under the leadership of head coach Demer Holleran, who just ended her eighth season in Philadelphia, the team success rested on a solid overall lineup. Three players — Katie Patrick (W’00) and Runa Reta (C’03), and Rina Borromeo (C’01) — were named to the All-Ivy First Team and Reta was named All Ivy Rookie of the Year.

Men’s wrestling and men’s basketball also prevailed in the Ivies.

First teams

Making the All-Ivy Winter First Teams were:

Men’s basketball: Michael Jordan (C’00) and Matt Langel (W’00)
Men’s fencing: Mike Golia (C’01)
Wrestling: Jon Gough (C’00), 149 pounds; two-time All-American Brett Matter (W’00), 157 pounds, Wrestler of the Year and NCAA champ; Rick Springman (EAS’01), 174 pounds; Bandele Adeniyi-Bada (W’99), heavyweight.
Women’s basketball: Diana Caramanico (W’01), Player of the Year; and Mandy West, (C’00)
Men’s swimming and diving: Kenneth Goh (C’02), 100-yard breaststroke
Men’s indoor track and field: Chung-Yi Sun (C’02), 55 meters; Tuan Wreh (C’02), triple jump; and Matt Pagliasotti (C’00), weight throw.

Academic All-Ivies

Some of these aforementioned athletes made Academic All-Ivies by maintaining cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher and being a starter or key reserve. The 10 — five women and five men — named by the University include First Team players Caramanico, Patrick, West, Goh, Pagliasotti and Springman.

The others are:
Cathy Holland (C’01), women’s swimming; Kirby Thorpe (C’00), women’s gymnastics; David Cohen (EAS’01), men’s fencing; and Mike Fickell (W’01), wrestling.

Originally published on September 14, 2000