June 2013 Archives

Five Big Ten Players Selected in NBA Draft

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Five former Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday, including four first-round selections. Three former Big Ten standouts were selected among the first nine picks, the most of any conference, and it marked the first time three Big Ten players were selected in the top 10 since 1990.

Two Hoosiers were selected in the draft's top four, with Victor Oladipo picked second overall by Orlando, while Cody Zeller was picked fourth by Charlotte. Michigan's Trey Burke was picked ninth by Minnesota before his draft rights were dealt to Utah and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. was the 24th pick by the New York Knicks. Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas was selected 58th by San Antonio to round out the drafted Big Ten contingent.

Thirteen Big Ten Standouts Named Academic All-America

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Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, with Indiana's Andy Bayer being named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. Four other standouts joined Bayer on the first team, with Michigan's Rebecca Addison, Minnesota's Quentin Mege, Nebraska's Bjorn Barrefors and Wisconsin's Elliot Krause earning recognition. Five school boast one first-team All-American, A complete list can be found below.

Marissa Golliday, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
Andy Bayer, IND*
Mareike Schrulle, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH*
Jack Greenlee, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Quentin Mege, MINN*
Bjorn Barrefors, NEB*
Mara Griva, NEB
Morgan Wilken, NEB
Robby Creese, PSU
Elliot Krause, WIS*

* - First Team Selection
The Nebraska coaching staff, led by head coach Rhonda Revelle was named the 2013 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday. It marks the third time Revelle and her staff have been honored with the award, having also earned the distinction in 1998 and 2002. The Huskers advanced to the Women's College World Series in May and finished eighth in the national rankings at season's end and finished the year with a 45-16 mark.

Complete Nebraska Release

Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa's Aaron White and Michigan State's Adreian Payne are among 16 finalists named for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team. Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs, Colo., through June 30, and the 12-member team will be announced prior to the squad's departure for Russia on July 1.

For the complete release, click HERE.

Purdue Names Schuette Head Softball Coach

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Kim Schuette, who led Eastern Illinois to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2011 and 2013, was named the third head coach in Purdue softball history on Monday. Schuette has spent the last eight seasons with the Panthers, compiling a 232-191-1 record, while boasting a 256-219-1 mark in nine overall seasons as a head coach. The 2011 and 2013 OVC Coach of the Year kept Eastern Illinois among the top half of the conference each of her eight years, including spots among the top four seven times, the regular season titles in 2011 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2012.

Complete Purdue Release

Three Earn NCAA Elite 89 Awards

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Three Big Ten student-athletes collected NCAA Elite 89 Awards during the spring season. Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while Wisconsin's Kimberly Dinh earned the laurel at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.

NCAA Release

2013 Big Ten Softball Year in Review

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Two to the WCWS: Michigan and Nebraska each earned berths in the 2013 Women's College World Series, marking the first time since 2001 a pair of Big Ten teams advanced to the even in the same season. The No. 8 seed Wolverines defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in the Ann Arbor Super Regional to earn their 10th appearance all-time in the event. The No. 14 seed Cornhuskers went on the road to knock off third-seeded Oregon to win the Eugene Super Regional, advancing to their seventh Women's College World Series in program history. For complete round-by-round coverage of the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament, click HERE.

All-Tournament Taylor: Nebraska's Taylor Edwards was named one of 13 players named to the 2013 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team on Tuesday night. She is the 11th Husker to earn the honor in program history. Edwards was 4-for-9 at the Women's College World Series with three runs scored, two RBIs and one home run. She hit a clutch game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against No. 2 Florida in a memorable game Nebraska went on to lose by one in 15 innings.

Where We Rank: The Michigan and Nebraska softball teams finished among the top eight nationally in the final polls released by the NFCA and USA Softball, after the two programs advanced to the Women's College Series this season. Michigan finished the year ranked sixth in both polls and Nebraska appeared at No. 8, climbing as many as nine spots since the previous set of rankings were released prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champion, was among the teams also receiving votes in both polls.

Four in NCAA Tournament: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin represented the Big Ten in this year's NCAA Tournament field, marking the most teams in the field since 2009. Michigan and Nebraska each received national seeds heading into the field, with the Wolverines at No. 8 and the Huskers at No. 14, and hosted opening-round regionals. Michigan has appeared in 19 straight tournaments and 21 overall, Minnesota earned a tournament berth for the first time since 2003 and its eighth overall, Nebraska appeared in the event for the 21st overall and Wisconsin advanced to its fourth NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Click HERE for more information.

We Are the Champions: Michigan was the top seed in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament after winning its sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship this season. The Wolverines won their 16th conference title after finishing the Big Ten slate with a 20-2 mark. Wisconsin, however, would earn the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament title. The Badgers, who were the No. 4 seed in the tournament, knocked off Northwestern in the quarterfinals before taking down the top-seeded Wolverines in the semifinals. Wisconsin then defeated third-seeded Minnesota to win its first tournament crown. Click HERE for more information on Michigan's Big Ten Championship. Click HERE for complete information on the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.

Earning Accolades: Michigan's Sierra Romero and Carol Hutchins and Nebraska's Tatum Edwards were among those honored when the conference announced the 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners following the conclusion of the regular season. Romero was named Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year, Hutchins was named Coach of the Year and Edwards garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades. Click HERE for more information on the end of the year honors.

Primetime Performers: Five Big Ten softball standouts were named NFCA Division I All-Americans, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. Penn State's Cassidy Bell was named a first-team honoree, Michigan's Sierra Romero and Nebraska's Tatum Edwards garnered second-team All-America accolades and Michigan's Ashley Lane and Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson earned third-team laurels. The five standouts were also named first-team All-Conference performers this past year, while Richardson was recently honored as an Academic All-American. In addition, 20 were named to the NFCA All-District teams and a complete list can be found HERE.

They're Academic: Three Big Ten softball standouts were named 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, it was announced on Thursday. Northwestern's Marisa Bast was named to the second team, while Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson and Purdue's Andie Varsho were both third-team selections. Richardson is one of two sophomores named among the Academic All-Americans while Bast and Varsho are two of 11 juniors making up the 33-player squad. The three were among a group of 94 Big Ten softball standouts to earn Academic All-Conference honors in May. For more information on Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten recorded 40 top-eight finishes at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., highlighted by individual titles from Illinois' Ashley Spencer (400) and Indiana's Derek Drouin (high jump). Nebraska's Chad Wright and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom placed second in the discus and 800-meter run, respectively, while Michigan State's Beth Rohl (discus), Ohio State's Mike Hartfield (long jump), Penn State's Brannon Kidder (800) and Purdue's Geoff Davis (high jump) finished third in their respective events. In the team standings, the Illini women and Nittany Lion men both placed 14th overall. For a complete recap, click HERE.

Elite Status: Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-Americans: Over 100 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors following their performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. For the complete list, click HERE.

Regional Honorees: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State were awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. For the complete list, click HERE.

Big Ten Individual Honors: On the men's side, Iowa senior Justin Austin was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Indiana senior Derek Drouin was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Ohio State senior Michael Hartfield earned Field Athlete of the Championships accolades. Ohio State's Bill Stanley was named Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. On the women's side, Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska senior Mara Griva earned the nod as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Ohio State's Alexis Franklin was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lions' head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. The men's release can be found HERE, while the women's release can be seen HERE.

Nebraska Men, Penn State Women Take Home Big Ten Title:
The Nebraska men and Penn State women won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. To read about Nebraska, click HERE. The Penn State release can be found HERE.


2013 Men's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's golf campaign, highlighted by Illinois placing second at the NCAA Championships.

All-American Golfers: Big Ten Player of the Year Thomas Pieters and freshman Charlie Danielson claimed All-America honors. Pieters was an honorable mention selection by Golfweek, while Danielson earned the honor by finishing in the top 15 of stroke-play competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships. For the full release, click HERE.

Illini Place Second at NCAA Championships: Illinois placed second at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, falling to Alabama in the match play finals. The Illini's Thomas Pieters secured a victory over Alabama's Justin Thomas (1 UP), but the Crimson Tide won 4-1 to clinch the title. The finish was the highest in program history, besting the 1941 team's tie for fourth place. It also is the highest finish by a northern school at the NCAA Championships since Minnesota won the 2002 NCAA title. For the full release, click HERE.

See you at Regionals: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern were selected to the 2013 Men's Golf Regionals on May 6. Additionally, Michigan State's Matthew Moseley, Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen and Purdue's Adam Schenk competed as individuals. For the full release, click HERE.

All-Conference & Individual Honors: The Big Ten announced on May 1 the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Illinois' Thomas Pieters taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Teammate Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illini head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year. For the full release, click HERE.

Take Five: Illinois won the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday, shooting an 11-over 1,163 to clinch its fifth-straight, and 12th overall, conference title. The Illini bested second-place Minnesota (1,172) by nine strokes to win the crown. The Illini and Gophers were followed by third-place Iowa (1,186), while Indiana and Ohio State (1,190) tied for fourth. For the full release, click HERE.

Michigan, Nebraska Ranked Among Top 10 in Final Polls

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The Michigan and Nebraska softball teams finished among the top eight nationally in the final polls released by the NFCA and USA Softball on Tuesday. The two programs advanced to the Women's College Series, giving the Big Ten two teams in the eight-team field for the first time since 2001. Michigan finished the year ranked sixth in both polls and Nebraska appeared at No. 8, climbing as many as nine spots since the previous set of rankings were released prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champion, was among the teams also receiving votes in both polls.
Illinois' Kevin Duchene and Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth were named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team, it was announced on Monday. Cronenworth received first-team honors, while Duchene received second-team accolades.

Draft Tracker: Rounds 26-40

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Three Big Ten players were taken in the 26th through 40th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, bringing the conference's total to 23.

Round 26
Ryan Halstead, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)

Round 28
Matt Dermody, Iowa (Toronto Blue Jays)

Round 32
Zach Morton, Northwestern (Houston Astros)

Draft Tracker: Rounds 11-25

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Eight Big Ten players were taken in the 11th through 25th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Saturday, bring the conference' total to 18.

Round 15
Jordan Parr, Illinois (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Round 19
Brett McKinney, Ohio State (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Round 22
Andrew Hanse, Iowa (Tampa Bay Rays)
Andrew Waszak, Michigan State (Atlanta Braves)

Round 23
Thomas Lindauer, Illinois (Houston Astros)

Round 24
Kevin Johnson, Illinois (Oakland Athletics)

Round 25
Chad Christensen, Nebraska (Minnesota Twins)
Drew Ghelfi, Minnesota (Milwaukee Brewers)

Nebraska Sweeps NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships. 

For the complete release, click HERE.

Draft Tracker: Rounds 3-10

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Nine Big Ten players were taken in the third through 10th rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Friday, bring the conference's total to 10.

Third Round
Michael O'Neill, Michigan (New York Yankees)

Fifth Round
Aaron Slegers, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)

Sixth Round
Luke Farrell, Northwestern (Kansas City Royals)

Seventh Round
David Garner, Michigan State (Chicago Cubs)

Eighth Round
Dustin DeMuth, Indiana (Minnesota Twins)
Justin Parr, Illinois (Philadelphia Phillies)

Ninth Round
Patrick Biondi, Michigan (New York Mets)
DJ Snelten, Minnesota (San Francisco Giants)

Tenth Round
Brad Goldberg, Ohio State (Chicago White Sox)

Three to Participate in National Team Selection Camp

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Iowa's Megan Blank, Michigan alum Amanda Chidester and Penn State alum Cassidy Bell were selected to participate in the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp from June 10-12. The three will compete for a spot on the 17-member USA National Team, which will be announced on June 14. The team will take part in three separate events during the course of the summer, including the 2013 World Cup of Softball, held July 11-14 in Oklahoma City.

Six Named to ITA All-America Team

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Six Big Ten women's tennis players earned 2013 ITA All-America recognition, it was announced on Thursday. Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt earned both singles and doubles honors, while teammate Patricia Veresova, Illinois' Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White and Michigan's Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender collected doubles laurels.

Three Tabbed ITA All-American

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Three Big Ten men's tennis players collected 2013 ITA All-America honors, it was announced on Thursday. Michigan's Evan King and Ohio State's Blaz Rola were named to the singles team, while Buckeye Peter Kobelt earned singles and doubles recognition.

 Minnesota starting pitcher Tom Windle was taken 56th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Round 2 of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. COMPLETE RELEASE


Rounds 3-10 of the Draft will take place on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30, have sophomore eligibility and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The complete list of Big Ten honorees is below.

First-Team
Noora Raty, Ice Hockey, MINN
Josh Ihnen, Wrestling, NEB
Michael Newburger, Gymnastics, OSU
Max Stearns, Fencing, OSU
Matt Brown, Wrestling, PSU
Lauren Gustafson, Swimming, PUR

Second-Team
Bruno Abdelnour, Tennis, ILL
Connor Jaeger, Swimming, MICH
Caroline Powers, Golf, MSU
Emily Wong, Gymnastics, NEB
Kelsey Amy, Field Hockey, PSU

Third-Team
Garret Dunn, Tennis, IOWA
Tatum Coffey, Lacrosse, PSU

For the complete release, click here.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the last Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Wednesday. The conference is led by No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 27 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 42, while Illinois checks in at No. 45. Penn State is No. 47 and Ohio State ranks No. 73.

Individually, 10 Big Ten women's tennis players and 11 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
6. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
33. Emina Bektas, MICH
48. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
59. Kate Turvy, NU
74. Petra Januskova, PSU
76. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
81. Sarah Lee, MICH
89. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
116. Leslie Hureau, IND
120. Katie Klyczek, IND

Doubles
4. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
7. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
15. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
16. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
24. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
31. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
47. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
72. Leslie Hureau/Carolyn Chupa, IND
77. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
88. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee, MICH
90. Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre, IND

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the final Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 4. No. 24 Illinois, No. 26 Michigan, No. 32 Northwestern, No. 33 Minnesota and No. 45 Michigan State also rank in the top 50. Indiana checks in at No. 56, followed by No. 62 Nebraska and No. 65 Wisconsin. Purdue rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 70.

Individually, 12 Big Ten men's tennis players and eight doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
2. Blaz Rola, OSU
7. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Evan King, MICH
32. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
53. Rok Bonin, MINN
60. Devin McCarthy, OSU
62. Connor Smith, OSU
80. Leandro Toledo, MINN
88. Raleigh Smith, NU
97. Chris Diaz, OSU
112. Aaron Pfister, MSU
119. Vlad Stefan, MICH

Doubles
11. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
23. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
24. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
48. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
49. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
67. Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
77. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
88. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.
Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, it was announced on Wednesday. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kevin Duchene earned a spot on the team, along with Indiana reliever Scott Effross, Michigan utility man Jacob Cronenworth and shortstop Travis Maezes and Purdue catcher/first baseman Josh Estill. Each student-athlete was also honored on this year's All-Big Ten Freshman team.
Nebraska's Taylor Edwards was named one of 13 players named to the 2013 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team on Tuesday night. She is the 11th Husker to earn the honor in program history. Edwards was 4-for-9 at the Women's College World Series with three runs scored, two RBIs and one home run. She hit a clutch game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against No. 2 Florida in a memorable game Nebraska went on to lose by one in 15 innings.

2013 Women's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 women's golf campaign, highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championships and two top-10 finishes.

All-American Recognition: Michigan State's Caroline Powers and Purdue's Paula Reto were named to the 2012-13 WGCA All-American Teams, it was announced on Wednesday. Reto was honored on the first team, while Powers earned a spot on the Honorable Mention squad. The complete release can be found HERE.

Michigan State, Purdue Place Among Top 10 at NCAA Championships:

Michigan State and Purdue placed among the top-10 at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Athens, Ga., led by the Boilermakers' third-place team finish. The Boilermakers shot 21-over par for the championships, while Paula Reto finished third overall at 2-under par. Michigan State placed ninth at the event, with Christine Meier (+1) finishing tied for sixth on the leaderboard. Northwestern finished 15th, while Wisconsin placed 23rd. For the complete results, click HERE.

Going to the 'Ship: Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin advanced to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships following the conclusion of the regional championships. Each team finished in the top eight of its respective regional to move on to the championships. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference announced on April 30 the women's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners. Michigan State's Caroline Powers earned the Big Ten Player of the Year award, Northwestern's Kaitlin Park took home Freshman of the Year accolades and the Wildcats' Emily Fletcher earned Coach of the Year honors. For the complete release, click HERE.

Take Two: Northwestern and Purdue shared the Big Ten title in women's golf, shooting an overall score of 884 in the Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. The Wildcats and Boilermakers were followed by third-place Michigan State (889), fourth-place Penn State (900) and fifth-place Indiana (916). Northwestern wins its first Big Ten Championship, while Purdue notched its sixth overall crown and first since 2010. For the complete release and results, click HERE.

Four Big Ten outdoor track and field teams have been awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, the USTFCCCA announced on Monday.

Iowa's Justin Austin (Midwest Region) and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Derek Drouin (Great Lakes Region) was named Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Nebraska's Gary Pepin (Midwest) was honored as Men's Coach of the Year, while the Hawkeyes' Joey Woody and the Nittany Lions' John Gondak were tabbed Men's Assistant of the Year.

On the women's side, Illinois' Ashley Spencer (Midwest) and Penn State's Mahagony Jones were named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, while the Nittany Lions' Beth Alford-Sullivan took home Women's Coach of the Year honors.
USA Basketball today announced the training camp roster for the 2013 World University Games, which is scheduled for July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia, which includes seven Big Ten standouts. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, Michigan State's Adreian Payne, Minnesota's Andre Hollins and Purdue's A.J. Hammons were selected to the training camp roster of 29 players. In addition, Michigan coach John Beilein will serve as an assistant for Team USA at the World University Games. Team USA training camp will take place Jun 24-30, with finalists announced on June 27 or 28 and the 12-man roster chosen before the team's departure on July 1.

2013 Rowing Season in Review

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The 2013 Big Ten rowing season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Ohio State claimed its first national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity four and second varsity eight.

National Champions: The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team made program history on Sunday, June 2, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, claiming its first national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity four and second varsity eight and a third-place effort in the first varsity eight. The Buckeyes are the first Big Ten team to win a national team title in rowing. The Ohio State first varsity four, made up of Taylore Urban, Sara Handa, Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid-Centelles and coxswain Dara Schnoll, crossed the finish line in 7:08.26, just under three seconds ahead of second-place USC. The second varsity eight crew of Daphne Socha, Katie Beletskaya, Silvia DeMatteis, Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Catherine Shields and coxswain Amanda Poll closed out the season with a perfect 12-0 record after recording a time of 6:27.86 to claim the national crown. For more NCAA Championship coverage, click here.

NCAA Participants: Three Big Ten teams were selected to the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships, as Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned bids to the event. The Wolverines made their 13th appearance in the meet, the Buckeyes made their 14th consecutive visit, and 15th overall, to the national event and the Badgers appeared in the regatta for the 10th time. Click here for the full release.

Big Ten Champions: Ohio State won its fourth Big Ten title at the 2013 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis on May 19th. The Buckeyes recorded 160 points, a new championships record, on the strength of five first-place finishes. Ohio State tallied wins in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight. Michigan followed in second with 135 points and Wisconsin finished third with 134 points. For complete coverage of the Big Ten Championships, click herehere and here.

Individual Awards: The Big Ten office announced on Wednesday, may 22, the rowing individual award winners, as chosen by the conference coaches. Ohio State's Claire-Louise Bode was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while teammate Catherine Shields was tabbed Co-Freshman of the Year with Michigan State's Katie Cromie. Buckeye head coach Andy Teitelbaum earned Coach of the Year laurels. Click here for more on the individual award winners.

Academic All-District: Wisconsin's Kendall Schmidt was named to the Capital One Academic All-District, it was announced on Thursday, May 16th. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found here.

Regional Honors: Prior to the NCAA Championships, the CRCA announced that Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum was named its Central Regional Coach of the Year, while Buckeye assistant coach Diana Albrecht was tabbed Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. In addition, Indiana's Madelyn, Iowa's Katy Kroll, Michigan's Jessica Eiffert and Melisa Ongun, Michigan State's Katie Cromie, Minnnesota's Cassie Drozynski and Ohio State's Claire-Louise Bode and Allison Eber were named first-team All-Region. Michigan's Kate Grimaldi and Shannon Stief and Ohio State's Cori Meinert earned second-team honors. Click here for the complete list of CRCA All-Region selections.




The Big Ten Conference announced today that men's and women's lacrosse will become the conference's 27th and 28th official sports and that Johns Hopkins University has been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men's lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. 

Check here for the full release on today's exciting announcements.
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