Big Ten Announces Winter Academic All-Conference Teams
March 26, 2008
As the winter term of the 2007-08 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognizes a total of 471winter sports athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 34 men's and 48women's basketball players, 41 men's and 43 women's gymnasts, 101 men's and 141 women's swimming and diving athletes and 63wrestlers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
At least five Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished GPAs. A duo of women's swimming and diving athletes boast a 4.0 GPA in Penn State's Molly Crispell (Sr., Biobehavioral Health) and Purdue's Christine Inman (So., Animal Sciences). Michigan State's Drew Naymick (Gr., PhD, Finance) has maintained a 4.0 as a member of the Spartan men's basketball team, Iowa men's swimming and diving athlete Andrej Lenert (Sr., Mechanical Engineering) and Ohio State's women's gymnast Alyssa Meyer (Jr., Exercise Science) rounds out the list of perfect GPAs.
The Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Iowa's Brent Metcalf (Jr., Sociology) helped lead the Hawkeyes to a national title, while earning Wrestler of the Year, Wrestler of the Championships and All-Big Ten honors. In men's basketball, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel (Sr., Interdisciplinary Humanities) was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, while Purdue's Chris Kramer (So., Organizational Leadership and Supervision) garnered third-team accolades by the media and was named Defensive Player of the Year. Also earning All-Big Ten accolades in men's basketball was Wisconsin's Brian Butch (Gr., Life Science Communications) who was named to the first-team by both the coaches and media. In women's basketball, consensus first-team accolades went to Minnesota's Emily Fox (Jr., Journalism), while Iowa's Kristi Smith (Jr., Marketing) was a first-team selection by the coaches and Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan (So., Pre-med) earned the same honor from the media. In women's swimming and diving, Indiana's Brittney Feldman (So., Human Biology) was named Diver of the Year and also earned Diver of the Championships and a spot on the first-team. Northwestern's Andrea Hupman (Sr., Biomedical Engineering) earned Swimmer of the Championships and garnered first-team All-Big Ten accolades.
The 2007-08 Winter Academic All-Big Ten selections are listed below by school, along with the number of winter sports sponsored by each university: