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    Rimkus, Popovec Named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Recipients

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Charlie Rimkus was a senior leader on the men's swimming team and president of the Northwestern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2012-13 season.
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    Charlie Rimkus was a senior leader on the men's swimming team and president of the Northwestern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2012-13 season.
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    May 30, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. - The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 24 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2012-13 academic year. Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman), a senior from the men's swimming & diving team team, and senior women's basketball player Kate Popovec (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) were selected as the two Northwestern recipients.
     
    The 24 overall winners of this year's award were chosen from a group of more than 300 student-athletes honored throughout he academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
     
    Rimkus, who swam distance free, fly and IM, ranked on NU's top times list in eight different events for the 2012-13 season. The senior leader was the Wildcats' fastest in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM while ranking second in the 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free. Rimkus also was very active outside of the pool, serving as the president of the Northwestern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the year.
     
    Popovec, a 6-3 forward, was a key contributor for the Wildcats off the bench during the 2012-13 season. She played in 27 games, averaging 7.4 minutes in a reserve role. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was pursuing her Master's in Sports Administration during the season.
     
    One member from each varsity sports team on every Big Ten campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
     
    The 2013 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners from all 12 Big Ten institutions are as follows:
     
    Illinois
    Bruno Abdelnour, Men's Tennis
    Amber Moore, Women's Basketball
     
    Indiana
    Michael Basil, Baseball
    Leslie Hureau, Women's Tennis
     
    Iowa
    Eric May, Men's Basketball
    Mareike Schrulle, Cross Country
     
    Michigan
    Jordan Kovacs, Football
    Claire McElheny, Volleyball
     
    Michigan State
    Adreian Payne, Men's Basketball
    Caroline Powers, Women's Golf
     
    Minnesota
    Andre Hollins, Men's Basketball
    Allie Phillips, Women's Soccer
     
    Nebraska
    Rex Burkhead, Football
    Emily Wong, Women's Gymnastics
     
    Northwestern
    Charlie Rimkus, Men's Swimming & Diving
    Kate Popovec, Women's Basketball
     
    Ohio State
    Trey Wilkes, Men's Lacrosse
    Melissa Rennie, Softball
     
    Penn State
    Nick Colella, Men's Basketball
    Gizelle Studevent, Women's Basketball
     
    Purdue
    Jakob Engel, Men's Track & Field
    Courtney Moses, Women's Basketball
     
    Wisconsin
    Jared Berggren, Men's Basketball
    Lindsay Danielson, Women's Golf

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