May 21, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Four Brown student-athletes - three seniors and one junior - have been selected to the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large teams. On the men's side, all three of Brown's nominated student-athletes were selected with senior swimmer Dan Ricketts (Baltimore, MD) earning First Team honors and senior tennis player Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) and junior fencer Adam Pantel (Mendham, NJ) earning Second Team honors. Senior women's lacrosse player Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) earned Second Team All-District honors on the women's team. Ricketts will now advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot.
For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men's team and three student-athletes for the women's team. Four of Brown's six nominated student-athletes were either named to the First or the Second Team in a vote by members of Co-SIDA. In addition, two of the four Brown selections have also been recognized as Academic All-Ivy selections this year during the competition season for their respective sport, while the two spring athletes, Lee and Vitkus, both earned Academic All-Ivy honors last spring, as the spring 2009 Academic All-Ivy selections have not been chosen yet.
A four-year letterwinner on the men's swimming and diving team, Ricketts earned Second Team All-Ivy in the 100 free, placing second with a Brown record time of 43.17. A 2009 Academic All-Ivy selection as well, Ricketts broke three other Brown records in 2009, posting times of 19.77 in the 50 free, 1:37.19 in the 200 free, and 47.04 in the 100 fly. He was also a member of two record-breaking relay teams this year, as his 200 free relay team swam in 1:20.87 and his 400 medley relay team swam in 3:17.14. In addition to the records, he has times that rank in Brown's all-time top 10 in the 100 back (49.70 in 2008 is 2nd) and 200 fly (1:49.57 in 2007 is 5th). A Mathematics-Computer Science concentrator with a 4.0 GPA, he has also had success on the national level, qualifying for and competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials in both the 100 free (30th place finish) and 100 fly.
A four-year letterwinner on the men's tennis team and a captain in 2009, Lee posted a 14-8 record in singles this season, including a 10-4 mark at #2, and was 16-7 in doubles action, including a 10-4 mark at #2. A First Team All-Ivy honoree in singles this past season, Lee was also named Second Team All-Ivy (singles) in 2008 and First Team All-Ivy (doubles) in 2006, helping to lead Brown to the 2006 Ivy League Championship. An Academic All-Ivy selection in 2008, Lee was also a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete and the recipient of the 2009 Joukowski Post Graduate Scholarship, which is given to one male and one female senior student-athlete at Brown's All-Sports Banquet. For his career, Lee posted 61 singles wins, 13th all-time at Brown, and 79 doubles wins, 8th all-time at Brown. He held national doubles rankings of #25 (2007), #50 (2008), and #55 (2009). In addition, he was ranked #13 (singles) in the Northeast Region in 2008 and #2 (doubles) in the Region in 2006. A member of Brown's Student Athlete Advisory Council and Sociology concentrator with a 3.89 GPA, Lee plans to attend Mt. Sinai School of Medicine next year.
The 2009 Northeast Fencing Conference Fencer of the Year, Pantel earned Honorable Mention All-American honors after finishing 11th at the 2009 NCAA Championships in the foil with a 12-10 record. For the year, Pantel was 49-15, after recording a 26-1 record in individual bouts during the NFC regular season. A First Team All-Ivy honoree, Pantel was also named 2009 Academic All-Ivy. He also spent one year at Rutgers, where he was a Dean's List student and Academic Excellence Award recipient during the 2006-07 academic year, earning a 4.0 GPA after two semesters at Rutgers. The recipient of the first annual All-Scholastic Award (outstanding athletic and academic achievement) from the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Pantel was also a medalist at the 2007 Junior Olympics. He is concentrating in both Mathematics and Computer Science and has a 3.82 GPA.
Vitkus finished the season fourth on the team with 22 points and third on the team with 20 goals, starting all 15 games in the midfield, en route to Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. A dominant force in the midfield, Vitkus led Brown with 27 ground balls, 28 draw controls, and was third on the team with 13 caused turnovers. She scored at least one goal in 10 games and had seven multiple-goal games, including three against UConn, Cornell, and Princeton. Her nine goals in Ivy League contests was tied for second on the team. An IWLCA Second Team All-Region and Second Team All-Ivy honoree in 2008, Vitkus was the female recipient of the Joukowsky Post Graduate Scholarship at Brown's all-sports Banquet this year. For her career, Vitkus finished 10th all-time at Brown with 112 ground balls, 13th all-time with 44 caused turnovers, and 2nd all-time with 100 draw controls. She also had 92 career points, including 75 goals, which is six shy of Brown's all-time top 10. In addition to concentrating in Civil Engineering, Vitkus also completed pre-med requirements, earning a 3.50 GPA, and plans on applying to dental school for 2010.