Big Ten Recognizes Spring and At-Large Sports Academic All-Conference Honorees




May 29, 2013

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As the 2012-13 academic year comes to a close, the Big Ten Conference recognizes a total of 1,280 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 100 baseball players, 94 softball players, 147 women's rowers, 46 men's and 52 women's golfers, 47 men's and 46 women's tennis athletes, 183 men's and 240 women's track and field standouts and 157 men's (representing ice hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, fencing, rowing and pistol and rifle) and 168 women's (representing bowling, water polo, ice hockey, fencing, sand volleyball, 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 24 Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs:

Kelsey Brannon, Indiana softball (Sr., Special Education)

Tatum Coffey, Penn State women's lacrosse (So., Communications)

Gianna Digrazia, Iowa women's golf (Sr., Human Physiology)

Kimberly Dinh, Wisconsin women's golf (Jr., Chemistry)

Elizabeth Emmerich, Wisconsin lightweight rowing (So., Nutritional Sciences)

Ryan Grassel, Nebraska men's golf (Jr., Economics/Global Studies/Political Science)

Jordan Gray, Indiana women's track and field (Gr., Special Education)

Ryan Haag, Michigan State men's track and field (Jr., Physiology)

Kelsey Hart, Iowa women's track and field (Sr., Integrative Physiology)

Paul Heeder, Michigan State men's tennis (So., Mechanical Engineering)

Molly Hirt, Indiana women's track and field (Gr., Applied Sport Science)

Kayla Koch, Michigan State women's rowing (Sr., Kinesiology)

Anne Martin, Nebraska women's track and field (Sr., Elementary Education)

Erica Meyer, Minnesota softball (So., Marketing)

Thomas Olczyk, Penn State ice hockey (So., Division of Undergraduate Studies)

Kathryn Ritter, Minnesota women's track and field (Sr., Genetics and Cell Biology)

Kathleen Rodden, Penn State women's track and field (So., Health & Human Development)

Mareike Schrulle, Iowa women's track and field (Gr., Leisure Studies)

Jana Sedlacek, Michigan State women's track and field (Jr., Zoology)

Jenny Sritragul, Michigan State women's golf (So., Finance)

Maxwell Stearns, Ohio State men's fencing (Sr., Political Science)

Dana Steffen, Wisconsin women's track and field (So., Pre-Med)

Katie White, Nebraska women's track and field (Sr., Nutrition Science)

Garret Zuk, Michigan State men's track and field (So., Mechanical Engineering)

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 2013 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for spring and at-large sports can be found above.