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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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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Matt Friede and Casey Matthews were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for Purdue University, which were announced on Sunday evening at the second annual Golden Pete Awards in Loeb Playhouse. Friede is a member of the men's swimming team and Matthews was a standout on the Boilermakers' women's diving squad.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 42

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 During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Minnesota.

Jim Brewer (1973, basketball)
Brewer earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973. He ranks among Minnesota's career leaders in several categories, ranking first in rebounding average (12.09) and third in rebounds (907). He was named the Big Ten-Chicago Tribune MVP in 1972 after helping guide the Gophers to the Big Ten Championship. Brewer was also tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1973, All-Big Ten honorable mention in 1972 and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1971. During his final season at Minnesota, he was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America first team. The three-time Minnesota MVP was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1973, Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA and was a member of the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team. He is the uncle of former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Uta (Herrmann) Wolfe (1992, swimming)
Wolfe, a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992, was a four-time Big Ten Champion for Minnesota. She was named an All-American and Academic All-American in 1992. Currently, she is an assistant professor at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn. Her academic interests include interaction between the senses and vision-motor control, or the way movements are guided by vision. She recently discovered a new multi-sensory illusion.

George MacKinnon (1929, football)
MacKinnon was an All-America center for Minnesota and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1929. Following his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Gophers from 1929-31. Afterwards, he served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II. He became an attorney involved in high-profile labor racketeering cases and later a politician. MacKinnon served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1969 until his death in 1995.

Carol Ann Shudlick (1994, basketball)
A 1994 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shudlick led Minnesota to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in her senior season and was named the Wade Trophy winner and Big Ten Player of the Year that same year. Shudlick ranks in the top 10 in numerous Gopher categories, including second in scoring (2,097), seventh in blocks (84) and steals (173), and eighth in rebounds (727). She was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following her collegiate career, Shudlick played professionally overseas and in the ABL. She was inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame and was honored on the NCAA's list of 209 student-athletes named "NCAA Women's Basketball's Finest."

Michael J. Polich (1975, hockey)
Polich, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975, helped lead Minnesota to its first NCAA championship in 1974. The Hibbing, Minn., native paced the Gophers in scoring for three straight seasons, tallying 159 career points (70 goals, 89 assists) in 149 career games. As a senior in 1974-75, Polich was named a first-team All-American after notching 25 goals and 62 points. He went on to play in 226 games in the NHL, including three seasons with the Minnesota North Stars.

Cassie Busse (2004, volleyball)
Busse earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2004. She led Minnesota to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the national semifinals in 2003, where she was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. Busse was a two-time All-American, Academic All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree, and earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition three times. The opposite side hitter was the 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year and guided the Gophers to their only Big Ten Championship in 2002. The Shakopee, Minn., native ranks seventh in kills (1,502) and eighth in attack percentage (.294) and aces (168) in the Minnesota record book. Following her collegiate career, Busse joined the U.S. national team in 2005.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

Sixteen Student-Athletes Tabbed All-American

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Sixteen Big Ten women's swimmers and divers have been tabbed CSCAA NCAA DI Swimming and Diving All-Americans. To earn All-America honors, a student-athlete must finish among the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The complete list of Big Ten women's swimmers and divers can be found below.

Alyson Ackman, Penn State
Michelle Cabassol, Purdue
Kiera Janzen, Minnesota
Maggie Keefer, Minnesota
Chase Kinney, Wisconsin
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin
Marni Oldershaw, Michigan
Rebecka Palm, Wisconsin
Jessica Plant, Minnesota
Tori Simenec, Minnesota
Kierra Smith, Minnesota
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana
MacKenzie Tweardy, Purdue
Aja Van Hout, Wisconsin
Lauren Votava, Minnesota
Lindsay Vroomman, Indiana

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2013-14 Women's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten women's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 22 at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Minnesota recorded 136.5 team points at the championships, leading the Big Ten with a 10th-place finish. The Golden Gophers also took home their third consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 760 points at the conference meet.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten was well-represented in the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Minnesota finished in 10th place with 136.5 points, followed by Indiana in 12th place with 118 points and 13th-place Wisconsin with 78 points. Penn State finished 18th (42), followed by Purdue in 25th (33) and Michigan in 30th (23). Indiana's Brooklynn Snodgrass won the national crown in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.52. The Big Ten also collected individual top-eight finishes in Indiana's Snodgrass (100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle), Lindsay Vrooman (1,650-yard freestyle), Michigan's Marni Oldershaw (200-yard individual medley), Minnesota's Kiera Janzen (1,650-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle), Maggie Keefer (one-meter) and Kierra Smith (200-yard breaststroke), Penn State's Alyson Ackman (200-yard freestyle), Purdue's Michelle Cabassol (three-meter) and MacKenzie Tweardy (platform) and Wisconsin's Ivy Martin (50-yard freestyle). For full coverage of the meet, click here.

NCAA Championship Qualifiers: Fifty Big Ten student-athletes from nine swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bringing Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year awards following the NCAA Championships, as voted on by the conference coaches. Indiana's Brooklynn Snodgrass was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Minnesota's Maggie Keefer was tabbed the Big Ten Diver of the Year. To read the complete release, click here.

The Gophers are Golden: Minnesota captured the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The title marks the Gophers' third consecutive crown and sixth overall.  Minnesota compiled 760 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 649 points and Penn State was third with 484 points. Ohio State finished fourth with 374 points, while Michigan recorded 361 points to finish fifth. The Gophers took home individual titles in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, three-meter diving competition, platform diving event and 800-yard freestyle relay. To read more on the Big Ten Championships, click here and here.

And the Awards Go To: Following the Big Ten Championships, Minnesota's Maggie Keefer and Purdue's Casey Matthews were named Co-Divers of the Championships, while Wisconsin's Ivy Martin was named the Swimmer of the Championships. Minnesota head coach Kelly Kremer collected Swimming Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive season, while Purdue's Adam Soldati was named Diving Coach of the Year. Indiana's Gia Dalesandro was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 26, the conference recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 183 men's swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of swimmers included 112 repeat winners, including 50 three-time honorees, one four-time honoree and one five-time honoree. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 183 men's swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The list of players included 112 repeat winners, including 50 three-time honorees, one four-time honoree and one five-time honoree. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten women's swimmers and divers is below.

Hailey Booth, ILL (2)
Cara Chuang, ILL (3)
Jessica Clifford, ILL
Jennifer Coady, ILL
Kayla Dlugopolski, ILL
Emily Fung, ILL (2)
Anne Goering, ILL (3)
Stephanie Hein, ILL
Jessica Holz, ILL (2)
Erica Lynn, ILL (4)
Lori Lynn, ILL
Megan Marchuk, ILL (2)
Callan McDermott, ILL (2)
Sloane McDermott, ILL
Alison Meng, ILL (2)
Erika Murphy, ILL (2)
Courtney Pope, ILL (2)
Sarah Sykstus, ILL
Alyssa Toland, ILL (3)
Kirsten Zborek, ILL
Stephanie Armstrong, IND (3)
Allie Day, IND (2)
Kate Hillman, IND (3)
Cassidy Kahn, IND (5)
Brenna MacLean, IND (3)
Cynthia Pammett, IND (2)
Bronwyn Pasloski, IND
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND
Dorina Szekeres, IND (2)
Rachel Thompson, IND
Lindsay Vrooman, IND (3)
Madelon Webb, IND (2)
Elaine Boosalis, IOWA (2)
Elise Borja, IOWA (3)
Pamela Breitrick, IOWA (2)
Maddie Bro, IOWA
Joelle Christy, IOWA (3)
Lauren Drennan, IOWA (3)
Haley Gordon, IOWA
Abby Grilli, IOWA (3)
Maggie Hofstadter, IOWA
Ashley Horodyski, IOWA
Emily Hovren, IOWA (3)
Aubrey Kumm, IOWA (2)
Hannah Maher, IOWA (2)
Taylor Newgaard, IOWA (3)
Allie Orvis, IOWA
Lindsay Seemann, IOWA
Abbey Tuchscherer, IOWA
Samantha Wagner, IOWA
Karolina Wartalowicz, IOWA (3)
Courtney Beidler, MICH (3)
Emily Boyd, MICH (2)
Erin Cameron, MICH (3)
Carey Chen, MICH
Angela Chokran, MICH (3)
Sarah Kamstra, MICH
Yin Yan (Claudia) Lau, MICH (2)
Brianna Maroukis, MICH (3)
Zoe Mattingly, MICH
Sharalynn Missiuna, MICH
Olivia Samoray, MICH
Molly Schaefer, MICH (2)
Becca Berman, MSU (2)
Marina Borri, MSU
Cristee Cordes, MSU
Jessica Cutler, MSU (2)
Kelly Delorme, MSU (2)
Jessika Hall, MSU
Marcella Kupraszewicz, MSU (2)
Alison Menzies, MSU (2)
Taylor Mullahy, MSU
Emily Parsons, MSU
Hannah Pugh, MSU (2)
Erica Shurmur, MSU
Jill Stoneburg, MSU
Summer Strickler, MSU (3)
Jessica Wellick, MSU (3)
Whitney Woodbridge, MSU (3)
Kaela Anderson, MINN (2)
Katie Anton, MINN (2)
Heidi Busack, MINN (2)
Erin Caflisch, MINN (3)
Christie Clarke, MINN
Katy Etterman, MINN (2)
Samantha Harding, MINN
Kiera Janzen, MINN (2)
Maggie Keefer, MINN (3)
Amelia Marsh, MINN (2)
Haley Pietila, MINN
Jessica Plant, MINN (2)
Chloe Portela, MINN
Monica Radecke, MINN (2)
Jessica Ramberg, MINN
Tori Simenec, MINN (2)
Devin Ste. Marie, MINN (2)
Hailey Szews, MINN (3)
Lauren Votava, MINN
Rebecca Weiland, MINN (2)
Blake Zeiger, MINN (2)
Alexandra Bilunas, NEB
Taryn Collura, NEB
Michaela Cunningham, NEB
Bria Deveaux, NEB
Kelly Dunn, NEB (2)
Morgan Flannigan, NEB (2)
Ashleigh Grammar, NEB (3)
Shannon Guy, NEB (3)
Samantha Hardewig, NEB
Ciara Jenkins, NEB (2)
Jacqueline Juffer, NEB
Payton Michaud, NEB (3)
Natalie Morris, NEB (2)
Bailey Pons, NEB (3)
Nicole Schwery, NEB
Kristin Strecker, NEB (2)
Megan Ziemann, NEB (3)
Ellen Anderson, NU
Mary Kate Campbell, NU (3)
Erika Elliott, NU
Fallon Fitzpatrick, NU (3)
Sarah Goss, NU
Caroline Grant, NU
Madeline Klichowski, NU (2)
Emily Launer, NU
Cosima Lenz, NU (3)
Valerie Nubbe, NU (2)
Jackie Powell, NU (3)
Julia Pratt, NU
Becca Soderholm, NU (3)
Erin Sosdian, NU (3)
Phoebe Cater, OSU (3)
Mary Sarah Cruzan, OSU (3)
Lauren Davis, OSU (2)
Rachael Dzierzak, OSU
Taylor Ford, OSU (2)
Annelise Jongekrijg, OSU
Luchansky Katy, OSU
Alex Norris, OSU (3)
Camey Rabold, OSU
Aliena Schmidtke, OSU
Michelle Williams, OSU (3)
Alyson Ackman, PSU
Jenna Bickel, PSU
Carolyn Fitten, PSU
Meredith Harbison, PSU (2)
Katelyn Miller, PSU (2)
Mackenzie Powers, PSU (3)
Sierra Scoggin, PSU
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU
Haley Sinatro, PSU
Claire Singley, PSU (3)
Megan Siverling, PSU (2)
Sarah Somers, PSU (3)
Megan Springsteen, PSU (3)
Chelsea Vanderweele, PSU
Chelsea Weedman, PSU (3)
Brynja Winnan, PSU (3)
Michelle Cabassol, PUR
Julia Comodeca, PUR (3)
Allie Davis, PUR
Mary Beth Dunnichay, PUR
Samantha Feulner, PUR
Lew Gerbrandt, PUR
Tracy Glaser, PUR (3)
Anji Li, PUR (2)
Lizzy Lyon, PUR
Francesca Marr, PUR (2)
Carly Marshall, PUR (2)
Madison Monteiro, PUR
Nika Karlina Petric, PUR
Rhiannon Sheets, PUR (2)
Alex Todd, PUR (2)
MacKenzie Tweardy, PUR (2)
Kylie Vogel, PUR (2)
Katie Delaney, WIS (2)
Jennah Haney, WIS (3)
Rachel Johnson, WIS
Ivy Martin, WIS (2)
Trisha Nelson, WIS
Caroline Palm, WIS (2)
Rebecka Palm, WIS (3)
Aja Van Hout, WIS (2)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 15

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At least 632 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have also earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 308 three-time and 80 four-time honorees. Football has the most Academic All-Big Ten selections (132), followed by track & field (84), swimming & diving (69), basketball (61), tennis (37), gymnastics (35), cross country (34), soccer (32) and volleyball (30).
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