Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Award Nominee -- Melissa Fernandez, Illinois

Melissa Fernandez is Illinois' nominee for the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Award.

June 16, 2011

Through Friday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 22 student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced live on the Big Ten Network’s season-ending awards show on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Fernandez set an Illinois record at the 2011 NCAA Championships by becoming a three-time All-American. She became the program’s first All-American in the all-around after tying for fifth in the nation. She also tied for fifth on the beam at the NCAA finals, which marked the best ever finish by an Illini at NCAAs in the event. Fernandez also achieved first-team All-Big Ten recognition for the second year in a row. Click HERE for more information on Melissa.


Ashley Benson, Indiana Volleyball

Derek Drouin, Indiana Track & Field

Kachine Alexander, Iowa Basketball

Vince India, Iowa Golf

Emily MacLeod, Michigan State Cross Country/Track

Greg Jones, Michigan State Football

Kelci Bryant, Minnesota Diving

Michael Richards, Minnesota Swimming



Numa Gulyanamitta, Purdue Golf

David Boudia, Purdue Diving

Blair Brown, Penn State Volleyball

Talor Battle, Penn State Basketball