March 30, 2011
Official Conference Office 2011 Winter Quarter Academic All-Big Ten Release (PDF Format)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern student-athletes have earned 42 Academic All-Big Ten honors in five winter sports, the Big Ten Conference announced today (March 30). Together with the school-record 90 accolades won in the fall quarter, 132 Wildcats have been named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2010-11 academic year. This is an 11-award increase over NU's total at this time a year ago.
Northwestern-sponsored sports honored by the Big Ten during the winter season are: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and wrestling. NU's women's fencing squad will earn its awards during the spring at-large period. Of note this quarter is the Wildcat women's swimming team, which had their second-straight year with more than 20 award winners after picking up a program-record 22 a year ago.
In addition to their academic success, several winter Wildcats earned significant athletic honors. Men's swimmer Sean Mathews earned honorable mention All-America status this year while his teammate Charlie Rimkus and wrestlers Levi Mele and Andrew Nadhir all qualified for their respective NCAA Championships, as well.
"We are proud of the way our student-athletes excel in the classroom at the same time they are succeeding on the field of play," Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said. "The way in which we continue to earn a record number of Academic All-Big Ten awards each year is a credit both to the dedication of our student-athletes and to the tremendous efforts of our excellent academic advisors."
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.
For the third year, the conference office also will award 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, which is based on cumulative GPA.
Following are Northwestern's 2010-11 winter season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:
Men's Basketball (8)
Mike Capocci, Sr. Economics Lombard, Ill.
Drew Crawford, So. Undeclared Naperville, Ill.
Davide Curletti, Jr. Radio/TV/Film Farmington Hills, Mich.
Nick Fruendt, Jr. Economics Batavia, Ill.
Reggie Hearn, So. Undeclared Fort Wayne, Ind.
Luka Mirkovic, Jr. Communication Studies Belgrade, Serbia
Austin Nichols, So. Psychology and Science in Human Culture (double major) Lansing, Mich.
Jeff Ryan, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Glenview, Ill.
Women's Basketball (3)
Kendall Hackney, So. Communication Studies Cincinnati, Ohio
Beth Marshall, Gr. Communication Studies Fishers, Ind.
Brittany Orban, Jr. Mechanical Engineering North Canton, Ohio
Men's Swimming (5)
John Frutiger, Jr. Environmental Sciences Alma, Mich.
Sean Mathews, Sr. Biomedical Engineering St. Louis, Mo.
Peter Park, Sr. Anthropology Princeton, N.J.
Charlie Rimkus, So. Undeclared Tustin, Calif.
Jake Vogel, Sr. Psychology Canton, Ill.
Women's Swimming (21)
Kiersten Cooley, Sr. Journalism Hershey, Pa.
Carlin Dacey, Jr. Radio/TV/Film West Roxbury, Mass.
Liza Engstrom, Sr. Religious Studies Reno, Nev.
Katie Eschenburg, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Hartland, Wis.
Meaghan Fenn, So. Human Communication Sciences New Rochelle, N.Y.
Jacquie Godbe, Jr. Chemistry and Integrated Science Program (double major) Rapid City, S.D.
Ellen Grigg, Sr. English and History (double major) Charlotte, N.C.
Marybeth Hall, So. Undeclared Brighton, Mich.
Shelby Johnson, Jr. Biological Sciences Wayzata, Minn.
Meredith King, So. Undeclared Louisville, Ky.
Alex Kraus, Sr. Classics Birmingham, Ala.
Felicitas Lenz, So. German Altadena, Calif.
Beth Loe, Jr. Industrial Engineering Upper Arlington, Ohio
Katie McCullough, So. Undeclared Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sheila O'Neill, Jr. Mechanical Engineering Dunwoody, Ga.
Kathleen Patterson, Jr. Communication Studies Naperville, Ill.
Erin Reilly, Sr. Human Communication Sciences Frankfort, Ill.
Taylor Reynolds, So. Undeclared St. Louis, Mo.
Kate Stephensen, Sr. History Davis, Calif.
Caroline Walls, Sr. Political Science and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (double major) Tucson, Ariz.
Jenny Wilson, Jr. Journalism Bethesda, Md.
Paul Jackson, So. Undeclared Detroit, Mich.
Robert Joyce, Gr. Geography Arlington Heights, Ill.
Ben Kuhar, Sr. Mechanical Engineering Concord, Ohio
Levi Mele, So. Sociology Vernal, Utah
Andrew Nadhir, Gr. Economics Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
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