The Women's Golf Coaches Association announced the 2013-14 All-America Teams for Division I women's golf, with Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik earning Honorable Mention All-America status. Porvasnik helped guide the Buckeyes to a seventh place tie at the NCAA Championships, marking the third-best NCAA showing in school history. She won the individual Big Ten title after shooting an even-par 216 (73-72-71) at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. Porvasnik was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, honoring the conference's player with the lowest stroke average (73.21) relative to par this season.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 80

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Illinois' Eric Siebert (1998, Wrestling)
A wrestling standout for the Illini, Siebert claimed the 1998 Big Ten Medal of Honor. As a senior that year, he claimed the NCAA Championship in the 150-pound weight class, completing a perfect 36-0 season. A two-time All-American, Siebert is fourth in program history with 112 career victories and was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame in 2001. He is in his 16th year as a high school teacher and coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., and his squads have won two state dual meet titles.

NFCA All-Americans Include Six Big Ten Standouts

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The NFCA released its All-America teams on Wednesday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with six student-athletes garnering recognition, including a pair of First-Team All-Americans.

Michigan shortstop Sierra Romero and Nebraska catcher Taylor Edwards both collected First-Team All-America plaudits. Minnesota pitcher Sara Moulton and third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson were named Second-Team All-Americans, along with Michigan hurler Haylie Wagner, who was named to the team as an at-large selection. Nebraska pitcher/utility player Tatum Edwards collected Third-Team All-America honors.

All six players guided their teams to deep NCAA Tournament runs, as Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round. It marked the first time in conference history that the Big Ten sent three teams to Super Regionals.

2014 NFCA Division I All-American Teams (Big Ten)
                              
First Team                         
Taylor Edwards, C, Nebraska
Sierra Romero, SS, Michigan

Second Team
Sara Moulton, P, Minnesota
Kaitlyn Richardson, 3B, Minnesota
Haylie Wagner, P, Michigan*

Third Team
Tatum Edwards, P/UT, Nebraska

*At-large selection
 

Thirty-One Rowers Tabbed CRCA Scholar Athletes

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Thirty-one Big Ten rowers were tabbed scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Tuesday. To be eligible for the honor, student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in at least her second year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the season's races and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The full list of Big Ten honors is below.

Lindsey Barber, IND
Kelsey Cundiff, IND
Kimberly Gilmour, IND
Grace Mendel, IND
Madeline Anglin, IOWA
Kathryne Brown, IOWA
Destinee Gwee, IOWA
Mackenzie Norton, IOWA
Gabrielle Watson, IOWA
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Emily Idoni, MICH
Joanna Beaton, MSU
Lori Comer, MSU
Olivia Jamrog, MSU
Monica LaPointe, MSU
Laura Moore, MSU
Kylie Andersen, MINN
Jessica Flakne, MINN
Chelsea Miller, MINN
Kersten Schwanz, MINN
Sarah Soloek, MINN
Amy VanHeel, MINN
Katherine Windsor, MINN
Sarah Asad, OSU
Nicole Becks, OSU
Lauren Eckles, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Chloe Meyer, OSU
Taylore Urban, OSU
Nicole Hettmann, WIS
Kristine Kammers, WIS

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In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. 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 checks in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

The final singles and doubles rankings for the season will be announced on June 4.

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In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 15. Michigan joins 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) round out the Big Ten contingent.

The final singles and doubles rankings for the season will be announced on June 4.

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Eighteen Rowers Named to All-Central Region Teams

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Eighteen Big Ten rowers were named this past week to the All-Central Region teams by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA). Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. Below is the full list of Big Ten student-athletes to be named to the All-Central Region Team

First Team
Mera Dickensheets, IND
Alice Wright, IND
Morgan Grastorf, IOWA
Jessica Eiffert, MICH
Bryna Oleshansky, MICH
Laura Moore, MSU
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Holly Norton, OSU
Catherine Shields, OSU
Anne Rauschert, WIS

Second Team
Alexandra Eaton, IND
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Chrissy Holm, MICH
Hannah Sherman, MICH
Katie Cromie, MSU
Ashley Bauer, OSU
Monica Whitehouse, WIS

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 79

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Purdue's John Konsek (1960, Golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.
Indiana's Sam Travis was named among a group of 21 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday. This season, Travis has a .342 batting average with 10 home runs and 53 RBI and led Indiana to its second straight Big Ten and Big Ten Tournament Championships. USA Baseball will announce the list of finalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on June 3.
Nittany Lion student-athletes Adrian Evans (men's gymnastics) and Emily Giannotti (women's track and field/cross country) have been selected Penn State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.  As the Big Ten Conference commemorates its 100th anniversary of a very unique tradition, the pair join more than 1,300 student-athletes who have earned this proud distinction.

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