Patriot League announces Rowing Academic All-League Team, Scholar-Athlete

MIT's Theresa Saxton-Fox

May 3, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Senior Theresa Saxton-Fox, a rower from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won her second straight Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Thursday, while earning one of 11 spots on the Academic All-Patriot League Team.

MIT and Holy Cross each placed three student-athletes on the Academic All-Patriot League Team, while Bucknell had two honorees. Colgate, Lehigh and Navy each had one.

The awards were voted on by sports information directors around the League who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes. The Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports at the beginning of the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.

Saxton-Fox, who last season became the first student-athlete from MIT to win a Patriot League major award, is a mechanical engineering major with a 4.9/5.0 GPA (3.92/4.00). She sat in the second seat of the varsity eight boat that finished second at Sunday's Patriot League Championship at Cooper River Park in Camden County, N.J. MIT finished third overall, its highest placing since joining the Patriot League as an associate member.

A native of Wayland, Mass., Saxton-Fox is the President of MIT's Engineers Without Borders, which engineers solutions to issues in developing countries. She has overseen projects on water accessibility, alternative cooking fuels and individual shower units for slums. She oversaw the fundraising of almost $20,000 and the logistics of sending six students to Africa. She was awarded a Public Service Center (PSC) Fellowship to travel to Uganda as the team's project manager, where she worked with local customs officials to import solar panels into the country. She is a researcher at the High Power pumped heat exchanger lab at MIT and a team member in the Design and Manufacturing II Lab.

For the past two years, Saxton-Fox has tutored a high school student in Cambridge public housing in math and physics. She was a reviewer in the PSC's IDEAS competition and Global Challenge. She was awarded funding from Lockheed Martin to research permeability, capillary pressure and thermal conductivity of copper and monel sinter as part of a project to create a high powered pumped heat exchanger. She worked during the summer designing packaging for a solar remote power unit at NRG Systems.

Saxton-Fox was one of eight student-athletes to be named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second straight season. Her teammate, senior Allison Simi, a chemical engineering major with a 4.8 GPA (3.84), also was named to the team for a second season. MIT sophomore Erin Meyer, a mechanical engineering major with a 5.0 (4.00) GPA, earns the honor for the first time.

Holy Cross seniors Kate Broderick and Beth Charron both return to the Academic All-League Team, while senior Jill Sollazzo makes her first appearance. Both Broderick (3.75 GPA) and Charron (3.58) are biology majors, while Sollazzo has a 3.78 GPA in psychology.

Senior Jillian O'Mara, who became a three-time First-Team All-Patriot League for the seven-time Patriot League Champion Bucknell Bison, also earns her second Academic All-League selection. She has a 3.91 GPA in biology and French. Bucknell senior Nicole Pilling, who has a 3.79 GPA in economics, earns her first Academic All-League mention.

Colgate junior Nathalie Bauman, Lehigh senior Jackie Ogden and Navy junior Jacqueline Penichet round out the Academic All-League Team. All three were on the team last year. Bauman has a 3.81 GPA in Spanish, while Penichet has a 3.78 GPA in systems engineering. Ogden, who was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team for the third straight season, has a 3.86 GPA in supply chain management.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.

Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT, Sr.

Rowing Academic All-Patriot League
Jillian O'Mara, Bucknell, Sr., Biology/French and Francophone studies, 3.91 GPA
Nicole Pilling, Bucknell, Sr., Economics, 3.79 GPA
Nathalie Bauman, Colgate, Jr., Spanish, 3.81 GPA
Kate Broderick, Holy Cross, Sr., Biology, 3.75 GPA
Beth Charron, Holy Cross, Sr., Biology, 3.58 GPA
Jill Sollazzo, Holy Cross, Sr., Psychology, 3.78 GPA
Erin Meyer, MIT, Mechanical Engineering, 5.0/5.0 (4.00/4.00)
Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.9/5.0 (3.92/4.00)
Allison Simi, MIT, Sr., Chemical Engineering, 4.8/5.0 (3.84/4.00)
Jackie Ogden, Lehigh, Sr., Supply Chain Management, 3.86 GPA
Jacqueline Penichet, Navy, Jr., Systems Engineering, 3.78 GPA