Big Ten Announces Spring Academic All-Conference Teams
June 2, 2010
Complete list of 2010 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
Park Ridge, Ill.--As the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten Conference recognizes a total of 1,041 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 79 baseball players, 71 softball players, 117 women's rowers, 40 women's and 54 men's golfers, 55 women's and 50 men's tennis standouts, 192 women's and 146 men's track and field athletes and 136 women's (representing water polo, ice hockey, fencing, synchronized swimming, lightweight rowing, lacrosse, pistol and rifle) and 101 men's (representing ice hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, fencing, rowing, pistol and rifle) at-large athletes. 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 (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
The Academic All-Big Ten award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. On the golf course, Purdue's Thea Hoffmeister (Jr., Management) was a member of the 2010 NCAA Championship team. Illinois' Scott Langley (Jr., Accountancy) was named the conference's Golfer of the Year after guiding the Orange and Blue to their second straight Big Ten title. In men's track and field, Illinois' Andrew Riley (So., Finance) was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships while fellow Illini Angela Bizzari (Sr., Molecular and Cellular Biology) earned Track Athlete of the Year accolades. Michigan's Denise Muresan (Jr., Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) was named the women's tennis Athlete of the Year and Ohio State's Chase Buchanan (So., Undeclared) was the men's tennis Athlete of the Year. On the softball diamond, Michigan's Nikki Nemitz (Sr., Physical Education/Teacher Certification) was named Co-Player of the Year.
Overall, the Big Ten Conference recognized 2,294 Academic All-Big Ten honorees during the 2009-10 academic year, the highest total in the last 16 seasons, eclipsing the previous best of 2,255 set just one year ago.
The link to the complete listing of 2010 Spring Academic All-Big Ten honorees appears at the top of the page.