March 31, 2010
Conference's Official Winter 2010 Academic All-Big Ten Release (PDF Format)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern student-athletes have earned 37 Academic All-Big Ten honors in five winter sports, the Big Ten Conference announced today (March 31). Together with the school-record 83 accolades won in the fall quarter, 120 Wildcats have been named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2009-10 academic year.
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 broke its own program record of 18 set a year ago with a whopping 22 Academic All-Big Ten award winners.
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 second 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 2009-10 winter season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:
Men's Basketball (4)
Mike Capocci, Jr. Economics Lombard, Ill.
Nick Fruendt, So. Undeclared Batavia, Ill.
Jeff Ryan, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Glenview, Ill.
Matt Steger, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Northfield, Ill.
Men's Swimming and Diving (5)
Nathan Butler, So. Economics and Classics (double major) Cincinnati, Ohio
Chris Doman, Sr. Economics and Legal Studies (double major) Pittsburgh, Pa.
John Frutiger, So. Undeclared Alma, Mich.
Kalister Harmon, Sr. Economics Olympia, Wash.
Brian Kerr, Jr. Civil Engineering East Grand Rapids, Mich.
Women's Basketball (3)
Beth Marshall, Sr. Communication Studies Fishers, Ind.
Kaitlin McInerney, Sr. Communication Studies Oak Brook, Ill.
Brittany Orban, So. Civil Engineering North Canton, Ohio
Women's Swimming and Diving (22)
Kiersten Cooley, Jr. Journalism Hershey, Pa.
Carlin Dacey, So. Radio/Television/Film West Roxbury, Mass.
Liza Engstrom, Jr. Religion Reno, Nev.
Katie Eschenburg, Jr. Economics Hartland, Wis.
Mary Beth Francis, Sr. English San Diego, Calif.
Jacquie Godbe, So. Integrated Science Program Rapid City, S.D.
Ellen Grigg, Jr. English Charlotte, N.C.
Molly Hennessy, So. Engineering Westport, Conn.
Shelby Johnson, So. Undeclared Wayzata, Minn.
Alex Kraus, Jr. Classics Birmingham, Ala.
Beth Loe, So. Industrial Engineering Upper Arlington, Ohio
Tania Lyerly, Sr. Communication Studies and History (double major) Libertyville, Ill.
Caitlin Masney, Jr. Economics Hong Kong, China
Sheila O'Neill, So. Biomedical Engineering Dunwoody, Ga.
Kathleen Patterson, So. Communication Studies Naperville, Ill.
Erin Reilly, Jr. Human Communication Sciences Frankfort, Ill.
Rachel Rys, Sr. Gender Studies and Linguistics (double major) Goleta, Calif.
Kassia Shishkoff, Sr. Journalism and Spanish (double major) Raleigh, N.C.
Kate Stephensen, Jr. History and Secondary Education (double major) Davis, Calif.
Genny Szymanski, Sr. Communication Studies Haines, Alaska
Caroline Walls, Jr. Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) Tucson, Ariz.
Emily Wong, Sr. Psychology Nepean, Ontario
Kyle Bertin, Sr. Economics Cleveland, Ohio
Robert Joyce, Sr. Economics Arlington Heights, Ill.
Eric Metzler, Gr. Sports Administration Luxemburg, Wis.