[HMSD] Harvard Places Four on Academic All-America Team

Tim D. Murphy tdmurphy at fas.harvard.edu
Fri May 23 23:18:23 EDT 2008

    * Harvard Places Four on Academic All-America Team*
Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
	          	Release: 05/23/2008


   Four Harvard athletes earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 
1 at-large recognition for their efforts in the classroom and in 
athletics. Caitlin Cahow 
of the women's hockey team and Alexa Weingarden 
of the women's fencing team were named to the women's first team. 
Swimming and diving's Geoff Rathgeber 
was a first team selection on the men's side, while Brady Weissbourd 
of men's volleyball earned second team honors.

   Rathgeber left his mark on the Harvard swimming and diving record 
books during his career. The history and literature concentrator earned 
All-America status for the second consecutive year after finishing sixth 
in the 200 individual medley at the 2008 NCAA Championships with a time 
of 1:45.61. He earned All-America honorable mention with an 11th place 
finish in the 400 IM (3:47.65).
The Kensington, Conn., native finished his career a 21-time Ivy 
champion, including seven Ivy titles this season. The senior was a 
two-time Most Outstanding Swimmer at the Ivy League Championships and 
received the Harold Ulen Award for most career points at the league meet.

   A social and biological anthropology concentrator, Cahow, a team 
captain, scored 37 points, which ranked her second among the nation's 
defensemen. She also ranked second in the country with 12 power play 
goals and led the nation's best scoring defense. The senior led Harvard 
to the No. 1 ranking, a trip to the Frozen Four and the Beanpot, Ivy 
League, ECAC regular-season and ECAC tournament titles in 2007-08. The 
Vinalhaven, Maine native was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier 
Trophy, was a RBK Hockey/AHCA All-America first-team selection and was a 
unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick. She was named to two All-ECAC teams 
during her career while also earning three ECAC All-Academic selections 
and one Academic All-Ivy honor.

  Weingarden, a earth and planetary sciences concentrator, won 16 
matches in sabre at the 2008 NCAA Championships to lead the women's 
fencing team to a sixth place finish. She earned second team All-America 
honors for her eighth-place finish. The senior from Edina, Minn., went 
14-4 during the Ivy League Championships and was named First Team 
All-Ivy for her efforts. She was also named to the 2008 Academic All-Ivy 
League team and compiled a 10-1 record at the IFA Championships. 
Weingarden was named to the All-Ivy League first team as a freshman in 
  A junior captain and human evolutionary biology concentrator, Brady 
Weissbourd averaged 3.78 kills per game, 1.35 blocks per game, 0.58 digs 
per game, 0.24 aces per game and hit .439 for the season as the starting 
middle blocker. He finished the season ranked seventh in the nation in 
hitting percentage and tied for eighth in blocks per game. The Chicago, 
Ill., native was named the EIVA Hay Division Player of the week Feb. 5 
and reached double digit kill totals in all but three matches. He hit 
over .500 in eight of team's 16 matches and over .400 in 12 matches. 
Weissbourd was one of four Crimson players to appear in all 55 games 
played in 2008. He started every match.

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