[ONE // swimming scholars]
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced Tuesday 710 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Spring 2018 Semester, which includes eight Big Ten swimming and diving squads. The teams represent 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Congratulations to Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin on your excellence both in the classroom and in the pool.
[TWO // seven track and field standouts honored for academics]
The 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams were announced on Thursday, with a combined seven Big Ten students earning recognition. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. For a list of the Big Ten’s seven honorees, click here.
[THREE // current and former big ten standouts impress on national track and field stage]
A handful of Big Ten track and field standouts were once again competing on the national stage this past week at the 2018 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Among the highlights reported by Big Ten institutions, Illinois’ David Kendziera placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.22. Iowa sophomore Laulauga Tausaga tossed a personal best 60.65 meters to placed third in the discus throw. Former Michigan State All-American Tori Franklin was second in the triple jump (14.52 meters), while current Spartan Jerimiah Evans was 11th in the discus (58.27m), just behind Iowa’s Reno Tuufuli in 10th (59.76m) and ahead of Purdue’s Ashmon Lucas in 13th (56.47m). Minnesota alumna Emma Spagnola placed 11th in the 400m hurdles (58.40). Ohio State’s Christina Manning was second in the 100-meter hurdles (12.65), Michael Hartfield was seventh in the long jump (7.78m), and Nicholas Demaline was 12th in the shot put (19.61m). Penn State’s Isaiah Harris brought home silver in the 800-meter run (1:47.11), marking his second consecutive runner-up finish in the event, while Maddie Holmberg finished ninth in the heptathlon with her score of 5,780 points. Rutgers graduate student Rudy Winkler claimed the hammer throw title Saturday with a throw of 73.76 meters. Former Wisconsin standout Zach Ziemek broke the Drake Stadium decathlon record en route to winning the event with a season-best tally of 8,294 points to claim his first U.S. title after finishing third at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and runner-up at last year's national meet. That score is not only the best score by an American this year but is No. 10 in the world this year.
[FOUR // eight hoops standouts selected in nba draft]
Eight Big Ten players were selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, including four in the first round. No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. was the first Big Ten player off the board, as the Michigan State star was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies. Get the full NBA Draft results here and the full list of Big Ten players compiled by BTN.com here.
[FIVE // seven hockey standouts with big ten ties selected in nhl draft]
At least seven standouts with Big Ten ties were selected in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft over the weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Michigan sophomore Quinn Hughes was picked in the first round and seventh overall by the Vancouver Canucks, Sampo Ranta was nabbed at No. 78 in the third round by the Colorado Avalanche, and newcomer Jack Gorniak went at No. 123 in the fourth round by the Montreal Canadiens. Michigan State incoming freshmen Christian and Cole Krygier were both selected in the seventh round, as the New York Islanders took Christian at pick No. 196, while Cole was selected five spots later at No. 201 by the Florida Panthers. The Anaheim Ducks selected signed Minnesota prospect Blake McLaughlin in the third round with the 79th overall pick.
[SIX // illinois’ hardy named to all-nicklaus team]
Illinois men's golfer Nick Hardy was named to the 2018 All-Nicklaus Team on Friday, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Hardy is one of 24 Division I honorees who have been recognized for their outstanding play during the 2017-18 collegiate season. The All-Nicklaus Team was created in 2008, and is not only named for history's greatest player but also a long-time supporter of collegiate and amateur golf. Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at Ohio State, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. Award recipients have combined for over 200 victories worldwide and claimed 23 major championships. The 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, Hardy concluded a standout career for the Orange and Blue this year as he won his second Big Ten Championship, and earned 11 individual finishes among the top seven players. Hardy closed the 2018 campaign with a team-leading 70.61 stroke average, which also set a new Illinois single-season stroke average record.
[SEVEN // four golf greats named ping all-americans]
The second, third and honorable mention PING All-America Teams were announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America, with four Big Ten men’s golfers earning recognition. Illinois’ Nick Hardy was named a first-team All-American, while his teammate Dylan Meyer and Michigan’s Kyle Mueller were tabbed to the second team. Penn State’s Cole Miller was selected as an honorable mention.
[EIGHT // wildcats women meet again for chance at wimbledon]
A pair of former Northwestern women's tennis standouts squared off Thursday in the opening round of qualifying for the 2018 Wimbledon Wild Card Playoffs at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Samantha Murray ('10) was able to hold off Alicia Barnett ('16) for a 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-2 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round of qualifying. Murray is seeded third in the qualifying draw. The winner of the qualifying draw will be granted a wild card entry into the Wimbledon main draw, which gets underway July 2. Murray is seeking her third appearance in the Wimbledon singles main draw after previously participating in 2013 and 2014. Both Barnett and Murray are natives of Great Britain. Murray was a four-time All-Big Ten selection during her time at Northwestern while Barnett earned the distinction three times.
[NINE // register to run]
As we race into summer, the Big Ten Network reminds all B1G fans to register for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The seventh annual BTN Big 10K and 5K takes place on Sunday, Aug. 12, and returns to the picturesque lakefront along Soldier Field. Registration starts at $55 for adults for the 10K and $40 for the 5K. For children 12 and under, registration is $25 for the 5K. For all additional information on the BTN Big 10K, visit www.BTNBig10K.com. Those who register will also receive a newly designed, school-specific technical race shirt. The race shirts are available in each of the 14 Big Ten school colors, as well as a general BTN Big 10K shirt.
[TEN // one month until kickoff]
Finally this week, we are exactly one month away from the nation’s premier preseason college football event. The Big Ten is excited to welcome the nation’s best fans to Chicago for the 47th Annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Tuesday, July 24. This annual event is a tradition for faithful Big Ten football followers, signals the beginning of the much anticipated 2018 football season and the first step on the pathway to this year's Big Ten Football Championship Game. The action kicks off at 10 a.m. CT with an opportunity to get autographs from your favorite coaches and Hall of Famers in the Halsted Foyer on the fourth floor. Around 10:50 a.m. CT, fans can get group pictures of the Hall of Fame inductees, all 14 coaches and all 42 students in attendance. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. CT and will feature highlight videos, interviews with coaches, students and Hall of Famers and much more, including door prizes highlighted by a free trip to the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game and the 2019 Rose Bowl Game. To get a feel for the excitement and pageantry on display at every Kickoff Luncheon, watch the video here, and if you are interested in purchasing tickets for the event, contact Davon Robb at 847-696-1010 (ext. 163) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.