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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Eileen Barroso

Ten Winter Student-Athletes Gain Academic All-Ivy League Honors

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/04/2012
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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy League honors for the winter season and 10 Columbia students were recognized for their achievements.

In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, and have been a starter or key reserve on his or her team.

Three All-American fencers made the list: senior Sammy Roberts, junior Lydia Kopecky and sophomore Alen Hadzic. Roberts was a third-team All-American and a first team All-Ivy Laegue sabre fencer, capping an outstanding four-year career. Kopecky made second team All-America, finishing eighth in women's epee at the 2012 NCAA Championships. In men's epee, Hadzic was the national runner-up, finishing second in his weapon of choice.

Junior wrestler Steve Santos was a first team All-Ivy selection in 2012 and came within one win of All-America status at the NCAA Championships. He won three bouts there, finishing his season with a 26-11 record.

Junior point guard Brian Barbour earns Academic All-Ivy League honors for the second straight year. A first team All-Ivy League selection, Barbour was named second team all-district by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

In women's squash, sophomore Katie Quan was one of Columbia's standouts this season. Primarily playing in the number two spot, Quan led the Lions with eight wins.

In swimming, junior Katie Meili had a highly decorated season, as she took home three individual Ivy League titles and was a part of two winning relay teams. Named Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Ivy League Meet, Meili gained All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in two events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

On the men's side, senior co-captain Robert Eyckmans was a renaissance man for the Columbia swim team. Eyckmans finished second at the Ivy League meet in the 400 individual medley and posted an NCAA B cut time in the race.

Senior Kyle Merber earned a spot on the squad. Merber was the Ivy League champion in the mile run and part of Columbia's league-winning distance medley relay team. He also finished the mile in under four minutes, allowing him to be a part of the Wannamaker Mile race at Madison Square Garden.

For the Ivy League champion indoor track and field team, sophomore Marvellous Iheukwumere had a tremendous indoor season. She won the 200m dash at Ivy League Heptagonals, finished second in the 60m, helping the Lions win their first Ivy League indoor track and field championship.

Brian Barbour, Jr., Basketball, Sociology (Alamo, Calif.)
Robert Eyckmans, Sr., Swimming & Diving, Political Science (White Plains, N.Y.)
Alen Hadzic, So., Fencing, Undeclared (Montclair, N.J.)
Marvellous Iheukwumere, So., Track & Field, Psychology (Austin, Texas)
Lydia Kopecky, Jr., Fencing, Political Science (Chicago)
Katie Meili, Jr., Swimming & Diving, Psychology (Colleyville, Texas)
Kyle Merber, Sr., Track & Field, Philosophy (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Katie Quan, So., Squash, Financial Economics (Edison, N.J.)
Sammy Roberts, Sr., Fencing, Chemical Engineering (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Steve Santos, Jr., Wrestling, Financial Economics (Brick, N.J.)

Full Ivy League release