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2014 Men's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's golf season, highlighted by two teams earning bids to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships and Illinois advancing to quarterfinal match play.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten sent two men's golf squads to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, including Illinois and Purdue. Illinois finished the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships in a seventh-place tie, advancing to the eight-team match play championship segment at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Illinois fell to Stanford, 3-2, in quarterfinal match play of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. For more coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.

See you at Regionals: Six Big Ten teams and one individual were selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue represented the Big Ten in the team competition, while Michigan's Chris O'Neill traveled as an individual competitor. For the complete release, click here.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches following the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. Illinois' Brian Campbell was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Minnesota's Jose Mendez was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Golden Gophers' John Carlson claimed Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. For more on the individual award winners and All-Conference teams, click here.

Bring Home the Hardware: Minnesota claimed the Big Ten Championship in men's golf after shooting a four-round score of 1,186 at the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. The Golden Gophers were followed by second-place Illinois (1,190), third-place Iowa (1,194), fourth-place Northwestern (1,204) and fifth-place Purdue (1,205) at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course. This is the eighth team title for the Golden Gophers and first since 2007. For more on the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, click here.

Academic Excellence: On May 28, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 45 men's golfers. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

2014 Women's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's golf season, highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships and one top-10 finish.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten sent three women's golf teams to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, including Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State. The Buckeyes placed seventh at the national event with a four-round score of 1,158. The Wildcats finished in 15th place with a score of 1,166, while the Spartans placed 20th with a score of 1,178. On the individual leaderboard, Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell placed 10th with a four-round score of 3-over 283. Ohio State's Allison Harper and Katja Pogacar tied for 16th place with a four-round score of 285. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

Going to the 'Ship: Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State represented the Big Ten at the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. The Spartans and Wildcats both finished among the top eight in the West Regional, while the Buckeyes advanced from the Central Regional earlier this month. For the complete release, click here.

All-America Recognition: Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. Porvasnik helped guide the Buckeyes to a seventh place tie at the NCAA Championships, won the individual Big Ten title at the Big Ten Women's Golf Championships and was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, which is given to the conference's player with the lowest stroke average (73.21) relative to par this season. For more on the All-America teams, click here.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced the women's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners following the 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. Ohio State's Jessica Porvasnik was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while the Buckeyes' Therese Hession was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year. For the complete release and All-Conference teams, click here.

Take Two: Michigan State and Ohio State shared the Big Ten Championship in women's golf after shooting a three-round score of 895 at the 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. The Spartans and Buckeyes were followed by third-place Northwestern (905), fourth-place Penn State (912) and fifth-place Illinois (913) at the par-72, 6,017-yard Pete Dye Course. The Spartans won their sixth Big Ten title, while the Buckeyes secured their 12th Big Ten Championship. Click here for the complete release.

Academic Excellence: On May 28, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 49 women's golfers. Wisconsin's Kimberly Dinh maintained an unblemished cumulative GPA. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

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.

For a breakdown of the All-America teams, click here.

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

For the full release, click here.

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.

For the complete polls, click here.

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.

For the complete polls, click here.

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

Nineteen Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors

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The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its Division I PING All-Region honorees on Thursday.  A total of 157 players across six regions earned all-region honors, including 19 Big Ten golfers. The complete list of Big Ten PING All-Region award recipients can be found below.

Northeast
JD Dornes, Penn State
Jens Talbert, Penn State

Midwest
Brian Campbell, Illinois
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jonathan Hauter, Illinois
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Steven Ihm, Iowa
Raymond Knoll, Iowa
Ian Vandersee, Iowa
Brett McIntosh, Michigan
Chris O'Neill, Michigan
Jose Mendez, Minnesota
Jack Perry, Northwestern
Frederik Hammer, Ohio State
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Austin Eoff, Purdue
Enzo Perez, Purdue
Adam Schenk, Purdue

Click here for the complete release.

The NCAA announced today the participants for the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championship competition, scheduled for May 29-31. The East Region will be held at North Florida in Jacksonville, while the West Region is in Fayetteville, Ark. The qualifiers out of these regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

Qualifiers can be found by selecting the links below:

Men: East - West
Women: East - West