May 31, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill.—As the 2011-12 academic year comes to a close, the Big Ten Conference recognizes a total of 1,154 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 109 baseball players, 87 softball players, 132 women’s rowers, 51 men’s and 36 women’s golfers, 50 men’s and 58 women’s tennis athletes, 163 men’s and 198 women’s track and field standouts and 139 men’s (representing ice hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, fencing, rowing and pistol and rifle) and 131 women’s (representing bowling, water polo, ice hockey, fencing, synchronized swimming, lightweight rowing, lacrosse and 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 of 3.0 or higher.
At least 19 Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished GPAs. Indiana softball player Kelsey Brannon (Jr., Special Education), Iowa men’s tennis player Garret Dunn (Jr., Finance & Accounting), rower Annemarie Bernhard (So., Health & Human Physiology) and women’s track & field athlete Kelsey Hart (Jr., Integrative Physiology), Michigan State women’s track and field athlete Catherine Daniels (Sr., Dietetics), Minnesota men’s track & field athlete Trey Davis (Gr., Applied Kinesiology) and women’s track & field athletes Saryn Dahl (Sr., Inter-College Programs), Amy Kubat (Sr., Psychology), Claire Rindo (Sr., Family Social Science), Megan Smith (Sr., Kinesiology) and Kelly Stalpes (Sr., Biology), Nebraska baseball player Sam Stucky (Sr., Agricultural Economics) and women’s track & field athletes Cami Jiskra (Gr., Criminology & Criminal Justice), Anne Martin (Jr., Elementary Education) and Katie White (Sr., Nutrition Science), Ohio State men’s fencer Max Stearns (Jr., Political Science) and Wisconsin women’s golfer Kimberly Dinh (So., Chemistry), lightweight rower Jenna Pavelec (So., Political Sciences, French and International Studies) and women’s tennis player Alaina Trgovich (Gr., Rehab Psychology) all boast cumulative 4.0 GPAs.
The conference office will also present the Distinguished Scholar Award in July. 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 Spring and At-Large Sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees can be found by clicking the link at the top of the story.