June 4, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. -
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Minnesota announced that Sara Moulton from the softball team and Derek Toomey of the men’s swimming & diving team have been named Minnesota’s 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.
The Big Ten, the nation’s oldest collegiate conference, commemorates the 100th anniversary of a very unique tradition – the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
Moulton was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American this year and was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree during her career. She led the conference in wins with 27 and strikeouts with 244 and was one of three pitchers in the Big Ten with a sub-2.00 earned run average at 1.97. She was a top-30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 6, and took home Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurels three times.
In her final season in Maroon and Gold, Moulton picked up road victories against ranked foes LSU, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Michigan and defeated the Wolverines a second time to help Minnesota capture its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in Evanston, Ill. Her no-hitter Feb. 22 against Hampton was one of her 12 shutouts on the season, a mark that led the conference and was good for sixth in the nation.
The Eagan, Minn., native finished her Gopher career with a 112-50 record, holding the program records for wins, appearances (178), innings pitched (1,017), complete games (108), shutouts (47), and strikeouts (1,184). She was taken fifth overall in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Chicago Bandits and recently earned her first professional win.
Toomey ended his stellar four-year career as a 15-time All-American and three-time, first-team All-American. As a senior, he set a school record and became the first swimmer in Big Ten history to go under 19 seconds in the 50 free when he finished in 18.95 in a prelim split at the 2014 NCAA Championships. He was the 2014 Big Ten Champion in the event and placed fourth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, and third at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Toomey, who is from Madison, Wis., was named the Team MVP as a senior, was a two-time team captain and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection two times, and he leaves Minnesota as a school record holder in the 50 free (18.95), 100 free (42.60) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:16.78).