Dec. 7, 2011
Official Big Ten Release
EVANSTON, Ill. --
Northwestern broke its own school record for Academic All-Big Ten awards in a single-sport season for the fifth-consecutive year with 97 winners in six fall sports, the conference office announced today (Dec. 7).
NU's 97 total accolades shatters last season's then-record mark of 90 (which was up from 84 in the fall of 2009, 75 in the fall of 2008 and 68 in the fall of 2007). Northwestern football recorded its second-straight season with more than 30 awards, earning 31 after establishing a program record with 32 last year. NU football again led the conference in Academic All-Big Ten award winners, topping second-place Nebraska's total of 27.
Among NU's conference honorees are four Capital One Academic All-District first-team football selections as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Doug Bartels (Caledonia, Ill./Rockford Boylan Catholic), Jacob Schmidt (Rhinelander, Wis./Rhinelander), Patrick Ward (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and Kevin Watt (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) picked up those awards.
Also among Northwestern's Academic All-Big Ten award winners are many who excelled on the field of competition, highlighted by Big Ten field hockey Offensive Player of the Year Chelsea Armstrong, Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Drake Dunsmore, first-team All-Big Ten cross country runner Audrey Huth and first-team All-Big Ten volleyball selection Stephanie Holthus.
To earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition, an athlete must be in his/her second year at the institution, letter in his/her sport and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Instituted beginning in 2008-09, the conference office also will hand out the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letter winners 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 3.7 GPA benchmark was designed to include the top 10 percent of all eligible student-athletes.
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 recipients will be honored prior to the fall of 2012 based on their GPAs from the 2011-12 academic year.
Following are Northwestern's 2011 fall season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:
Field Hockey (13)
Chelsea Armstrong, Jr. Economics Perth, Australia
Sherilyn DeStefano, Jr. Sociology South Kingston, R.I.
Shannon Disbrow, Jr. Economics Potomac, Md.
Catherine Franklin, So. Communication Studies Houston, Texas
Megan Jamieson, Gr. Sports Administration Toledo, Ohio
Maria Kovalchuk, So. Classics Pittsburgh, Pa.
Regan Mooney, Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Spring City, Pa.
Nikki Parsley, So. Learning and Organizational Change Milford, Del.
Kaylee Pohlmeyer, Sr. Communication Studies Severna Park, Md.
Julia Retzky, So. Undeclared Lake Forest, Ill.
Claire Thompson, Sr. Communication Studies San Jose, Calif.
Kelsey Thompson, So. Undeclared Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kristin Wirtz, So. Secondary Teaching Oak Park, Ill.
Colin Armstrong, Gr. Economics (Undergrad) Wheaton, Ill.
Brian Arnfelt, Sr. Communication Studies Lake Elmo, Minn.
Hayden Baker, So. Undeclared Trout Valley, Ill.
Brendan Barber, Sr. Political Science Erie, Pa.
Doug Bartels, Gr. Liberal Studies Caledonia, Ill.
Jeff Budzien, Jr. Economics Hartland, Wis.
Ibraheim Campbell, So. Undeclared Philadelphia, Pa.
Bo Cisek, Sr. Communication Studies Chicago, Ill.
Kain Colter, So. Undeclared Denver, Colo.
Drake Dunsmore, Sr. Communication Studies Lenexa, Kan.
Collin Ellis, So. Undeclared St. Gabriel, La.
Pat Hickey, Jr. Economics Chicago, Ill.
Paul Jorgensen, So. DeWitt, Mich.
Jordan Mabin, Gr. Sports Administration Northfield Center, Ohio
Bryce McNaul, Gr. Economics (Undergrad) Eden Prarie, Minn.
Al Netter, Sr. Economics Rohnert Park, Calif.
Dan Persa, Sr. Communication Studies Bethlehem, Pa.
Brian Peters, Gr. Sports Administration Pickerington, Ohio
John Plasencia, Jr. Economics Tampa, Fla.
Tim Riley, Jr. Economics Oswego, Ill.
Jacob Schmidt, Gr. Higher Education Administration Rhinelander, Wis.
Adonis Smith, So. Undecided Oakland, Calif.
Mike Trumpy, Jr. Economics Wheaton, Ill.
Timmy Vernon, Jr. History Fort Washington, Pa.
Brandon Vitabile, So. Undeclared Edison, N.J.
Patrick Ward, Jr. Mechanical Engineering Home Glen, Ill.
Kevin Watt, Gr. Liberal Studies Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Tim Weak, Sr. Communication Studies Omaha, Neb.
Ricky Weina, Gr. Economics Union Grove, Wis.
Brandon Williams, Jr. Mechanical Engineering Nappanee, Ind.
Quentin Williams, Sr. Political Science Pittsburgh, Pa.
Women's Cross Country (19)
Julia Buford, Sr. Civil Engineering Chicago, Ill.
Hallie Busta, Sr. Journalism Jackson, Ohio
Rachel Edwards, Sr. Biomedical Engineering Eden Prarie, Minn.
Sophie Ewald, Sr. Environmental Sciences Berlin, Germany
Lexie Goldsmith, So. Mechanical Engineering Orland Park, Ill.
Ashley Greenwell, Jr. Industrial Engineering St. Louis, Mo.
Angie Henry, Jr. Political Science Hopkins, Minn.
Audrey Huth, Jr. Philosophy Shelby, Mich.
Rachel Kaminski, Sr. Social Policy Green Bay, Wis.
Libby Kocha, So. Undecided Burlington, Wis.
Allegra Mayer, Jr. Integrated Science and Environmental Sciences (double major) Palo Alto, Calif.
Sari Nahmad, Jr. Industrial Engineering Miami, Fla.
Lauren Neuschel, Jr. Journalism Wilmette, Ill.
Sheila O'Neill, Sr. Mechanical Engineering Dunwoody, Ga.
Nicole Oliver, So. Biomedical Engineering Pottstown, Pa.
Ann Powers, So. Undecided New York, N.Y.
Moira Ryan, Jr. History Washington, D.C.
Charlotte ter Haar, So. Biomedical Engineering Davis, Calif.
Molly Waterhouse, Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Vicksburg, Mich.
Men's Soccer (10)
Jarrett Baughman, Jr. Communication Studies Bloomington, Ind.
Nick Gendron, Jr. Communication Studies Ramsey, N.J.
Jonathan Harris, Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Arlington Heights, Ill.
Connor Holloway, So. Undeclared Deerfield, Ill.
Scott Lakin, So. Undeclared Deerfield, Ill.
Layth Masri, So. Undeclared Louisville, Ky.
Peter O'Neill, Sr. Political Science Fairway, Kan.
Jeff Rogers, So. Communication Studies Birmingham, Mich.
John Rogers, Sr. History Birmingham, Mich.
Tommy Tombridge, Jr. Communication Studies Springfield, Mo.
Women's Soccer (17)
Kate Allen, So. Communication Studies Whitehouse, Ohio
Caroline Dagley, Sr. Communication Studies San Rafael, Calif.
Katie Doyle, Sr. Secondary Teaching St. Charles, Ill.
Nicole Duller, Sr. English Los Altos, Calif.
Jill Dunn, Sr. Communication Studies Naperville, Ill.
Meredith Finsand, Jr. Communication Studies Edina, Minn.
Maggie Graham, So. Undeclared Seattle, Wash.
Sam Hatfield, So. Undeclared Crossfield, Alberta, Canada
Nicole Jewell, So. Undeclared Raleigh, N.C.
Natalie Lagunas, So. Undeclared Canyon Country, Calif.
Emily Langston, Sr. Psychology Los Altos, Calif.
Bo Podkopacz, So. Learning and Organizational Change Plymouth, Minn.
Jessica Rubin, Jr. Human Development and Psychological Services Naperville, Ill.
Alison Schneeman, Sr. Communication Studies St. Paul, Minn.
Julie Sierks, So. Industrial Engineering Edina, Minn.
Sarah Sroka, Sr. Secondary Teaching Geneva, Ill.
Briana Westlund, Jr. Human Development and Psychological Services Cottage Grove, Minn.
Alex Ayers, Sr. Radio/Television/Film Playa Del Rey, Calif.
Julie Chin, Jr. Economics Naperville, Ill.
Kathryn Chrystal, Jr. Performance Studies Crystal Lake, Ill.
Katie Dutchman, So. Undeclared Del Mar, Calif.
Mary Grace Gallagher, Sr. Political Science and International Studies Atlanta, Ga.
Stephanie Holthus, So. Undeclared Burlington, Ill.
Madalyn Shalter, Jr. Human Development and Psychological Services Ottawa, Ohio