March 23, 2011

Igor Boraska '95 Inducted to Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University Athletics is proud to honor the seven deserving members of the Hall of Fame class of 2011. The 38th annual ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 2, at the Westin Hotel in Providence with festivities kicking off at 6 p.m. This year's inductee list includes Igor Boraska '95 (Men's Crew), Katherine Cowan '00 (Women's Swimming & Diving), John Dunham '64 (Special), Brendan Finneran '97 (Football), Trinity Gray '00 (Men's Track & Field), Tara Mounsey '00 (Women's Ice Hockey/Women's Field Hockey) and Michael Traggio '95 (Men's Ice Hockey).    

Igor Boraska '95

One of the most successful overall oarsmen in Brown men's rowing history, Igor Boraska '95 was a champion on both the collegiate and international levels. He won a silver medal at the 1988 Junior World Championships while rowing for the Yugoslavia Junior National Team.

In 1993, Broaska helped his team to first-place finishes at the Eastern Sprint Regatta, Ivy League Championship and IRA Championship, culminating in a National Championship victory which completed college crew's first-ever sweep of the three major collegiate regattas. It was also Brown's first national team championship since baseball in the 1890's. 

Boraska helped Brown to another Ivy title in his senior season as the varsity repeated as IRA champions and claimed their second-straight national championship title. 

All told, Boraska competed for 10 Croatian National Teams and has rowed in three Summer Olympic Games ('96, '00, and '04), winning a bronze medal in the Croatian eight at Sydney in '00. Boraska also has the distinction of being one of 16 elite athletes to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, having been a member of the Croatian four man bobsleigh at Salt Lake City in '02.

Katie Cowan '00

Katie Cowan '00 made her mark on Brown immediately, winning the Eastern Championship in the 200 free, 500 free and 800 free relay during her freshman season. Cowan made a splash at the Ivy Championship in her sophomore year, taking home two titles. Individually, she won the 1,650 free and then helped lead Brown to the championship in the 800 free relay – a race she win in both her junior and senior seasons as well.

In total, Cowan won eight individual Ivy Championship Titles, which ranks fifth all-time in league history. During her senior year, she was named an Honorable Mention All-American and Academic All-American. She set school records while winning the Ivy titles in the 500 and 200 free. She is also the current school record holder in the 1,000 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM. Cowan was named the team's MVP her junior season and received the H. Stanton '21 & Marjorie B. Smith Trophy as a senior.

Cowan's talents led her to the national stage as she was a U.S. National qualifier in three different freestyle distances, two backstroke distances and two IM distances. An Olympic Trials qualifier in six events, she was a finalist in the 200 backstroke, placing eighth. In 2000, she placed tenth overall at the U.S. Open Qualifier posting top-ten finishes in the 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 free.

John Dunham '64

John Dunham's '64 passion for the game of ice hockey is truly second-to-none. A goaltender at Brown from 1960-1964, he went on become the head coach of Trinity College's men's ice hockey team for 37 years, guiding them from club level to varsity status.

In the 33 varsity seasons Dunham coached, his teams amassed 441 victories, which places him fifth all-time among Division III coaches and 20th among coaches in all divisions. No coach in the Brown Hall of Fame has won more games than Dunham. 

His teams made 21 postseason appearances, won four ECAC North/South Championships and won one NESCAC Championship. Twice he led Trinity to the NCAA Championship Tournament, advancing all the way to the Frozen Four once. He was a three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2003 and 2005) and a two-time finalist for the American College Hockey Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year award.

Brendan Finneran ' 97

Brian Finneran's '97 freshman year at Brown was the first season freshmen were eligible for varsity play. He is recognized as the first freshman to start a varsity football game at Brown University, and during his four years on College Hill, he never relinquished his starting role. He was an All-Ivy selection from 1994-96 and his defensive coordinator, Don Brown, now the defensive coordinator at UConn, said he had never coached a tougher player.

As a junior, Finneran received the Brown Football Association's Defensive Lineman Award while also earning All-New England Team honors. In his senior season, he made his second-straight appearance on the All-New England Team while also being awarded the Broomhead Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player whose continuous and generous contributions to Brown athletics and loyal devotion to his University promise to make him an ambassador of Brown in the tradition of Fred Broomhead.

In 2003, Finneran received the ultimate compliment from his teammates and fellow Brown football alumni when he was selected as a member of Brown's 125th Anniversary Team. Arguably the 50 best players in 125 years of Brown Football, seven defensive linemen made the team and with this year's induction, all seven of them now belong to the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame.

Trinity Gray '00

Trinity Gray '00, an eight-time All American, captured Heptagonal championships in four individual events (400 meters, 500 meters, 800 meters, and 1,000 meters) and three relays (4x400, 4x800, and distance medley) – multiple times in several of these events. Gray still holds the Brown record in six individual events and three relays.

During his freshman year, Gray was named Brown's outstanding first year male athlete after winning the first of several IC4A 800 meter and New England 400 meter titles. In his sophomore year, in addition to his individual championships, Gray place fifth at the NCAA's in the distance medley. Outdoors, his relay team was ranked fourth nationally.

The next year at the Indoor NCAA Championships, Gray finished second to Derrick Peterson of Missouri with both runners breaking the American indoor collegiate record. His time of 1:46.05 was the ninth fastest 800 meter run in the world that year and the second fastest in the United States. Gray took home three Ivy League titles in 2000, and during the indoor Heps, he was named the meet's outstanding performer.  Outdoors his time of 1:46.14 still stands as the Heptagonal meet record. That summer at the Rieti Grand Prix in Italy, he posted what proved to be the fastest time of the year by an American at 1:44.91. 

Tara Mounsey '00

Tara Mounsey '00 was a two-sport athlete on the collegiate level, but also made her mark on the Olympic stage. A two-time member of the United States Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Mounsey won a gold medal at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, scoring at least one point in five of the six games. Four years later, she helped the U.S. take silver in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In Mounsey's freshmen the women's ice hockey team posted a 28-2-1 mark, going undefeated in both Ivy and ECAC play. Mounsey took home both the Ivy and ECAC Rookie of the Year awards while being name to the First Team All-Ivy League.

She took the following year off of school to train and participate in the 1998 Olympic Games, only to return as a two-sport athlete. In the fall of 1998 she joined the field hockey team and was named Second Team All-Ivy and a Second Team Regional All-American. That winter she lead the women's ice hockey team to a second place finish in the Ivy League and ECAC, and earned her way back onto First Team All-Ivy. 

During the 1999-2000 season the field hockey team posted a 13-4 record and was the Ivy League Co-Champs. Mounsey was a First Team All-Ivy, Regional All-American and Brown's only First Team All-American, as well as a Honda Broderick Finalist, which honors the top four players in the country. She led the ice hockey team to its second Ivy League title in four years while being named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, an honor that goes to the most outstanding player in all of Division I women's hockey.

Michael Traggio '95

In his first season, Michael Traggio '95  helped Brown to its first double-digit win season in the ECAC since the 1976-77 season. Tallying 11 total points, he earned ECAC Rookie Team honors. 

In 1992-93, Brown was an ECAC Championship finalist and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Bruno advanced to the quarterfinals that season and is the last Brown hockey squad to join the NCAA tournament field.

Posting a career-best 15 points in his junior year, Traggio was named the ECAC's Best Defensive Defensemen while leading Brown to a second place finish in the Ivy League.

In his senior year, he was elected team captain and Brown posted a 7-2-1 record in league play leading the team to its first Ivy Championship in four years. He totaled five goals and seven assists that season and earned his second-straight ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman award. He was also named to the All-ECAC First Team and the All-Ivy First Team.