Twelve Big Ten student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America distinction, as announced on Thursday. Ohio State's Michael Newburger was tabbed the Capital One All-America of the Year. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-America award recipients can be found below.

Men's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH - swimming & diving
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics*
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

Second Team
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

*Academic All-America of the Year

Women's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

Second Team
Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 87

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Wisconsin's Erik Raygor (1998, men's ice hockey)
During his four years as a forward at Wisconsin, Erik Raygor made quite the impression on the ice and in the community. A three-year letter winner from 1994-1998, Raygor recorded 86 points in 130 games for the Badgers. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1998, the same year that he earned the Hockey Humanitarian Award, given annually to the college hockey player who best exemplifies personal character and commitment to studies.

In The Polls

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Fourteen Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
20. Farris Gosea, ILL
36. Leandro Toledo, MINN
45. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Raleigh Smith, NU
67. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
97. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
101. Dusty Boyer, NEB
103. Sam Monette, IND
118. Sam Shropshire, NU
121. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA
123. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
2. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
6. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
14. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
23. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
35. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
36. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
37. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
44. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
61. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
68. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included Nine Big Ten teams. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checked in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

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In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
16. Emina Bektas, MICH
29. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
36. Belinda Niu, NU
56. Veronica Corning, NU
96. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
105. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
108. Sarah Lee, MICH
119. Amy Zhu, MICH

Doubles

19. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
25. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
43. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
58. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
59. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek, IND
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
63. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus, OSU
68. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
88. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU
89. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu, MICH

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included seven Big Ten women's tennis teams. Northwestern led all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 15. Michigan joined Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 37), Purdue (No. 43) and Illinois (No. 45) in the top 50. Indiana (No. 51) and Minnesota (No. 69) rounded out the Big Ten contingent.

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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Minnesota announced that Sara Moulton from the softball team and Derek Toomey of the men's swimming & diving team have been named Minnesota's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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Six Garner Freshman All-America Accolades

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Six Big Ten newcomers garnered Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America status by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, it was announced on Wednesday. Illinois' Adam Walton, Michigan's Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti, Nebraska's Ryan Boldt and Ohio State's Ronnie Dawson and Tanner Tully each garnered the honor after also earning conference All-Freshman Team honors this season. Tully was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and along with Dawson and Walton, were second-team All-Big Ten selections.

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Nebraska Release

Indiana's Schwarber Named Johnny Bench Award Finalist

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Indiana junior catcher Kyle Schwarber has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Tuesday. The award is given to the top Division I catcher in the country. Schwarber is a finalist along with Mississippi's Will Allen and Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All Finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Banquet on June 26. Schwarber finished the 2014 season batting .358 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI with a slugging percentage of .659. In his final eight games for the Hoosiers (Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional), the Middletown, Ohio, native batted .469 (15-for-32) with four home runs, 12 RBI and slugged .938 during that stretch. He was named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Bloomington Regional.

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Indiana Coaching Staff Earns CRCA Honors

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The Indiana Rowing coach staff has been named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Staff of the Year, announced by the association on Monday, June 2. The Hoosiers' staff led Indiana to its first NCAA Championships berth where IU finished 11th overall. Indiana spent most the season ranked No. 13 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll. The Hoosiers finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, the program's best finish at the championships. Additionally, head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Central Regional Coach of the Year.


As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern announced that Marisa Bast from the softball team and Raleigh Smith of the men's tennis team have been selected Northwestern's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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NHL Update - Stanley Cup Final

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A total of three players from Big Ten schools will skate for the National Hockey League's ultimate prize when the Stanley Cup Final opens on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. New York Rangers teammates Carl Hagelin (Michigan), Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) and Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) will face the Los Angeles Kings with each player looking to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in their career.

Hagelin, McDonagh and Stepan each have made significant impacts to help the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh and Stepan are tied for the team points lead with 13 apiece while Hagelin is tied for the team lead in goals with six. McDonagh has logged more ice time than any New York skater, averaging more than 25 minutes per game.

In all, 35 players from Big Ten schools have won the Stanley Cup a total of 49 times. With 12 different players whose names have been inscribed on the Stanley Cup, Wisconsin leads all schools across the nation. Minnesota is fourth with eight different players that have won the Cup, followed by Michigan and Michigan State in a tie for fifth place with seven different NHL champions. Wisconsin holds the national lead with a total of 17 Stanley Cup wins among its alums while Michigan is tied for third with 13 total NHL crowns.

Wisconsin's last player to win the Stanley Cup was Davis Drewiske, who did so with Los Angeles in 2012. Michigan is aiming for its first NHL champion since 2010, when former Wolverine John Madden and former Badger Adam Burish helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the title. Michigan State and Minnesota boasts the most recent players with their names on the Stanley Cup, with former Spartan Duncan Keith and former Gopher Nick Leddy teaming up on Chicago's 2013 championship-winning squad.