Kasey Haas Named ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year; 14 Brown Gymnasts Receive ECAC All-Academic Honors

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - The ECAC All-Academic awards were announced at the conclusion of the 2013 ECAC Gymnastics Championships, and senior Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) was named ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the third consecutive time that the honor has gone to a gymnast from Brown. Additionally, the team placed 14 student-athletes on the list of honorees, as each was granted with an All-Academic award.

"This team won the Ivy Classic for the first time since 1990, qualified to the USAG Collegiate National Championships as a team for the first time in Brown's history and broke school records," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne. "While achieving these remarkable athletic goals, the team has won an impressive number of academic awards. The success these young women have achieved, both on the competition floor and in the classroom, shows they maintain the student-athlete balance in the best of Brown's traditions."

Haas, a co-captain with a career-high of 9.75 on bars, is a Political Science major who has maintained an impressive 3.91 GPA over her four years on College Hill. While accomplished in the gym and the classroom, Haas has also remained incredibly involved in the community, championing causes that she is passionate about. She runs Lexi's Voice, an organization that she founded in high school in honor of her sister who has cerebral palsy, is a member of SAAC's community service board, volunteers as a reader for a local kindergarten class every week, is the web master for a local non-profit and volunteers for Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus. Additionally, Haas traveled to Africa through the Starr Fellowship during the summer after her junior year to develop a self-sustainability plan for a non-profit school, providing job training for poor women and girls in the slums of Accra. She also received the Ittleson Foundation Internship in Philanthropy, a prestigious position offered to only one student each summer. She has earned ECAC All-Academic honors and has been named an NACGC/W Academic All-American during each of her seasons with the Bears, and she hopes to work in international development or sport for development, particularly for people with disabilities.

Several other student-athletes were honored by the ECAC for their academic excellence as well, and the following Brown gymnasts were named to the All-Academic team:

Senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) – Human Biology
Senior Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) – Biomedical Engineering
Senior Lauren Hall (Charlton, MA) - Neuroscience
Senior Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) – Political Science
Junior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) – Neuroscience / Science and Society
Junior Katie Rogers (Bethesda, MD) – Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations
Junior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, NY) – Science and Society
Junior Madeline Benz (Chester, NJ) – Science and Society
Sophomore Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, NY) - undeclared
Sophomore Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) - undeclared
Freshman Delaney Brow (Manhattan Beach, CA) - undeclared
Freshman Stephanie Choo (Centerville, OH) - undeclared
Freshman Alexa Cohen (Henrico, VA) - undeclared
Freshman Corey Holman (Westford, MA) – undeclared

Brown will return to the gym on Friday, April 12th when the team competes at the USAG Collegiate Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana. This season marks the first time that the Bears have qualified for the competition as a team