PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Fourth Annual Brown Athletics Senior Celebration and Awards Banquet was held at Andrews Dining Hall on Friday, May 18, 2012. Over 170 student-athletes, representing Brown's 37 intercollegiate sports, along with coaches and distinguished guests, were in attendance at the banquet to celebrate an exceptional year of success on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
Brown's award for the outstanding Freshman Male Varsity Athlete of the Year was presented to freshman wrestler Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas), who earned All-Ivy honors after posting a 27-15 overall record in 2011-2012. He placed fourth at the EIWA Championship and claimed a berth in the NCAA Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Mo. Of the 33 wrestlers who qualified for the NCAA Tournament at 184 pounds, Bernstein was one of only four freshmen in the weight class. He finished the season as the number 14th ranked first-year wrestler in the country by Amateur Wrestling News.
The Marjorie Brown Smith Award is presented to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. It is named in honor of the former Director of Athletics at the Women's College of Brown University, Marjorie Brown Smith, in recognition of her generous support of athletics.
Senior skier Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, N.H.) is a national champion and eight-time All-American who won every collegiate slalom race she participated in this season, capturing the Macconnell Division Championship. She concluded her impressive career with an individual National Championship in the slalom, leading her team to a first place finish in the slalom. Mosenthal is the first American born skier to win the slalom competition at the USCSA National Championship in over 20 years. A team captain and scholar-athlete, she recently earned an opportunity to train with the US National Team.
The Fritz Pollard Trophy is presented to the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year. The trophy is named in honor of Frederick "Fritz" Pollard, Brown Class of 1919, one of our nation's true African-American pioneers, one of the greatest football players in Brown history, and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Pollard is recognized as the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl, to earn All-American honors, to play quarterback at the professional level, and become a head coach in the NFL.
Senior runner Dan Lowry (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) had arguably the greatest season for a cross country/track athlete in Brown history. A first team All-Ivy selection in cross country, he is an All-American, finishing 28th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, the second-highest finish in Brown history. In track, he broke a 25-year old school record in the 5,000-meter, posting the second-fastest time in Ivy League history, and eighth fastest in the NCAA. Lowry is third all-time at Brown in the mile, third in the 3,000-meters, and third in the 10,000-meters. He has qualified for the NCAA Championship and the US Olympic Trials. Lowry has also found success in the classroom, especially in the Geology lab, where he received a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scholarship, and presented research at the American Geophysical Conference this past fall.
Freshman Lauren Waterbury (St. Louis, Mo), a standout on the track & field team, was able to establish herself as the top 400-meter runner in the Ivy League and the Eastern region. She earned the distinction of being named the "Queen of the 400-meters" by winning the Ivy League Championship and earning first team All-Ivy honors. Waterbury's time of 53.96 ranks her as one of the Top 10 freshman runners in the NCAA. She has the fastest 400-meter time in New England and the Ivy League, and ranks third in Brown track history in the 400-meter distance.
The Dave Zucconi Award is presented to the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. The award is named in honor of Dave Zucconi, Brown Class of 1955, and the former Executive Director of the Brown Sports Foundation, who was often called "Mr. Brown."
Senior Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, N.Y.) only started playing football as a 16-year old high school junior, after moving to the United States from Belgium. Fluent in four languages, he went on to become a two-time All-Ivy selection in football and an All-New England wide receiver. He led the Bears in receiving in each of the last two years, and finished his career ranked 10th all-time at Brown in career receptions and 11th in career receiving yards. Off the playing field, Tounkara-Kone is a four-year tutor at New England Tech, and also tutored Economics, Math and French for four years at Brown. A dual International Relations and Economics concentrator, he recently signed a professional contract with the Buffalo Bills.
The Arlene Gorton Cup is presented to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. It is named in honor of former Brown Assistant Athletic Director Arlene Gorton in recognition of her development of women's athletics at Brown.
Senior Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, N.J.) anchored the paint for the women's basketball team, despite playing out of position and consistently facing larger players. The consummate team player, sacrificing and for the good of the team, she was named the team's MVP while leading the team to 16 victories. A two-year captain, she a Fox Point mentor and a Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator.
The Cliff Stevenson Award is named in honor of former Brown men's soccer and lacrosse coach, Cliff Stevenson, who retired in 1990 after directing the men's soccer program for 31 years. It is presented to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies Cliff's boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the community.
Senior men's lacrosse attackman Parker Brown (San Francisco, Calif.) embodies the definition of the Stevenson Award as he is active in the community, classroom and field. Brown works closely with the Amos House, a homeless shelter and occupational life skills agency, while registering a 3.6 GPA as a Public Policy concentrator. A New England Scholar-Athlete, he is also an All-Ivy selection, leading the team in scoring in each of the last two years, and finished his career as a one of the leading all-time scorers at Brown with 113 points on 63 goals and 50 assists.
The Bessie H. Rudd Award is presented to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports at Brown, and is based on enthusiasm, spirit, and leadership. The award is named in honor of Bessie Rudd, the former Director of Physical Education at Pembroke College from 1930-1961, in recognition of her leadership in the development of quality athletic programs for all women.
Junior Cory Abbe (Scappoose, OR) was a leader for the fencing team, serving as a role model with boundless enthusiasm and spirit. Abbe was inspirational in the student-athletes group that successfully turned around the Athletics Review Committee. She is a two-time NCAA qualifier, helping Brown to back-to-back top-15 finishes while earning All-NFC honors this year. Abbe is a member of SAAC, and was named a captain this season and was re-elected for the upcoming year.
The Director's Award is presented to male and female senior varsity athletes, who have best represented Brown over his or her career by embodying excellence in scholarship, athletic performance, integrity, leadership and community outreach.
Mosenthal earned the Director's Award after her incredible work with the Brown community, the Brown ski program, collegiate skiing and women's athletics during her four-year career. A captain of the ski team, she wrote a weekly column about how to cook healthy meals while in school, and has interned at the Rhode Island Department of Health. She was elected by her peers to be the Eastern representative to the board of directors for the National Ski Association. Mosenthal is a fixture at the Vartan Gregorian School pre-K classroom, and helped save the ski program with presentations to the Athletics Review Committee and meetings with President Simmons. She is a four-year US College Ski Association Scholar All-American with a 3.73 grade point average in community health. A co-chair of the Senior Gift Committee, Mosenthal is Brown's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Senior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, Mass.) is also a Director's Award recipient and the epitome of a Brown Student-Athlete. In August, just before the start of classes, he and four other teammates dramatically saved three teenagers, who were being carried out to sea by a riptide in Tiverton, R.I. He's involved in Team Impact, helping place children with life threatening diseases with athletic teams and organizations at Brown, including a 7-year old boy who is battling leukemia, placing him with the ice hockey team. Farnham volunteers with a first grade classroom at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, he's co-chair of the Senior Gift Committee and organized a night on campus for Thomas E. Smith to speak about his "Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation." Farnham e also coordinated the hockey team's participation in the Bench Press for Cancer. He won the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award and the Joe Tomasello Award as the New England Writers Association Unsung Hero. Brown's second leading scorer and assistant captain, Farnham is also an Academic All-Ivy honoree with a 3.65 GPA, concentrating in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship.
Farnham was also the recipient at the banquet of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award. The award, presented by Derek's dad, Lt. Steve Hines on behalf of the Hockey Commissioner's Association, was established in honor of former Army player Derek Hines, who was known as a "consummate team player and team builder." Hines played at Army from 1999-2003 and was a four-year letter-winner as well as a co-captain his senior season. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2005.
Brown Athletics Appreciation Awards were also presented to John Cooke, the Brown University project manager for the Nelson Fitness Center project, and Mary-Fran Honeyman, the faculty liaison at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.