Dec. 6, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The Big Ten Conference on Thursday recognized a total of 816 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 72 field hockey players, 259 football players, 58 men’s and 127 women’s cross country runners, 78 men’s and 147 women’s soccer players and 75 volleyball players. 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.
At least 18 of these student-athletes have maintained unblemished GPAs. Women’s cross country leads this list with eight runners owning 4.0 averages in Iowa’s Kelsey Hart (Sr., Integrative Physiology) and Mareike Schrulle (Gr., Leisure Studies), Michigan State’s Lindsay Clark (So., Engineering) and Jana Sedlacek (Jr., Zoology), Minnesota’s Becca Dyson (So., Journalism) and Kathryn Ritter (Sr., Genetics/Cell Biology), Penn State’s Kathleen Rodden (So., Health & Human Development) and Wisconsin’s Dana Steffen (So., Pre-Medicine). Also with perfect GPAs are football players Mike Sadler of Michigan State (Sr., Applied Engineering Sciences and Supply Chain Management), Sean Fisher of Nebraska (Sr., Business Administration and Pre-Medicine), Brian Arnfelt (Gr., Sports Administration) and Quentin Williams of Northwestern (Gr., Sports Administration) and John Urschel of Penn State (Sr., Mathematics). Rounding out the list of student-athletes with 4.0s are women’s soccer players Amy Swearer of Nebraska (Jr., Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Mollie Kuramoto (Jr., Interdisciplinary Film & Video Studies) of Purdue, Michigan State men’s cross country runner Ryan Haag (Jr., Mathematics), Northwestern field hockey player Chelsea Armstrong (Gr., Sports Administration) and Penn State volleyball player Margaret Harding (Jr., Food Science).
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference’s Academic All-Big Ten program.
The complete listing of 2012 Fall Sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is above.