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    Winter Sports Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Nods

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    An All-American on the mat, Pierce Harger is one of nine wrestlers to receive Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

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    An All-American on the mat, Pierce Harger is one of nine wrestlers to receive Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    March 26, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fifty-one Northwestern student-athletes across five winter sports garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors in the 2013-14 season, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday. Coupled with NU's record-breaking performance of 104 fall sports student-athletes announced in December, the 155 Wildcats who have earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades thus far in 2013-14 represent a new all-time high for Northwestern.

    Northwestern's five eligible sports for the winter season are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and wrestling. NU's fencing program, which recently secured its 15th straight top-10 national finish at the NCAA championships, will be recognized during the spring at-large period.

    Among those individuals who excelled in their athletic pursuits while maintaining a high standard in the classroom were All-Big Ten performers on the basketball court Drew Crawford and Maggie Lyon. Wrestling's Pierce Harger last week became an All-American on the mat, while sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky of men's swimming stands ready to compete as one of the favorites in the mile at the upcoming NCAA Championships. On the women's side, diver Cosima Lenz earned Academic All-Big Ten honors after landing a spot on the podium at the Big Ten Championships.

    Earning Academic All-Big Ten recognition requires a student-athlete to be in his/her second year at the institution, letter in his/her sport and maintain 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 2013 based on their GPAs from the 2012-13 academic year.

    Following are Northwestern's 2014 winter season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:

    Men's Basketball (5)
    Kale Abrahamson, So. Undeclared • West Des Moines, Iowa
    Nikola Cerina, Sr. History • Topola Oplenac, Serbia
    Drew Crawford, Gr. Sports Administration • Naperville, Ill.
    Sanjay Lumpkin, So. Undeclared • Wayzata, Minn.
    Dave Sobolewski, Jr. Economics • Naperville, Ill.

    Men's Swimming & Diving (15)
    John Andrade, Jr. • Psychology • Avon, Conn.
    Uula Auren, Jr. • Political Science • Helsinki, Finland
    Dominik Cubelic • Sr. • Business Institutions & Economics • Glenview, Ill.
    Van Donkersgoed, So. • Social Policy Legal Studies • Eden Prairie, Minn.
    Brien Gerber, Sr. • Mechanical Engineering • Naperville, Ill.
    Grant Halsall • So. • Undeclared • Laxey, Isle of Man, GBR 
    Ross McAuliffe, Sr. • Economics • Shapwick, England
    Nick Pinkerton, Sr. • Chemical Engineering • Hudson, Ohio
    William Rosler, Jr. • Business Institutions Economics • Bexley, Ohio
    Aaron Sears, Jr. • Mechanical Engineering • Neenah, Minn.
    Andrew Seitz, Jr. • Materials Science and Engineering • Pleasanton, Calif.
    Tim Smith, Sr. • Urban Studies Civil Engineering • Oakland, Calif.
    Chase Stephens, Sr. • Business Institutions Economics • Madison, Wis.
    Matt Wilcox, Sr. • Cert. In Eng. Design Mechanical Engineering • Bemidji, Minn.
    Jordan Wilimovsky, So. • Political Science • Malibu, Calif.

    Women's Swimming & Diving (16)
    Ellen Anderson, So. • Economics, Statistics • Montgomery Village, Md.
    Mary Kate Campbell, Sr. • Journalism Spanish • Burr Ridge, Ill.
    Erika Elliott, So. • Undeclared • Barrington, Ill.
    Fallon Fitzpatrick, Sr. • Human Communication Sciences • Delray Beach, Fla.
    Sarah Goss, Sr. • Psychology Human Communication Science • Brentwood, Tenn.
    Caroline Grant, So. • Undeclared • Winnetka, Ill.
    Madeleine Klichowski, Jr. • Manufacturing & Design Engineering • Chicago, Ill.
    Julianne Kurke, So. • Undeclared • Atlanta, Ga.
    Emily Launer, So. • Undeclared • DeKalb, Ill.
    Cosima Lenz, Sr. • German/Global Health Studies • Altadena, Calif.
    Valerie Nubbe, Jr. • Environmental Sciences/Environmental Engineering • Huntsville, Ala.
    Jackie Powell, Sr. • Social Policy/Global Health Studies • Madison, Wis.
    Julia Pratt, So. • Communication Studies • Vincennes, Ind.
    Becca Soderholm, Sr. • Business/Institutions Sociology • Madison, Wis.
    Erin Sosdian, Sr. • Mechanical Engineering • The Woodlands, Texas
    Brooke Wanser, So. • Journalism & Psychology • Mission Viejo, Calif.

    Women's Basketball (6)
    Devon Brookshire, So. • Cognitive Science • Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
    Christen Johnson, So. • Journalism • Powder Springs, Ga.
    Maggie Lyon, So. • Communication Studies • Wilmette, Ill.
    Meghan McKeown, Sr. • Journalism • Fairfax, Va.
    Karly Roser, Jr. • Cognitive Science Hamilton, Ontario
    La'Terria Taylor, Sr. • Learning & Organizational Change • Chicago, Ill.

    Wrestling (9)
    John Coukos, Sr. Chemistry Integrated Science Program Mathematics • Framingham, Mass.
    Robert Coukos, So. • Integrated Science Program • Framingham, Mass.
    Pat Greco, Sr. • Political Science • St. Charles, Ill.
    Matt Greene, So. • Undeclared  Slingerlands, N.Y
    Pierce Harger, Sr. • Engineering • Loveland, Ohio
    Dylan Marriott, Sr. • History • Excelsior Springs, Mo.
    Justin Meyers, So. • Undeclared • LeRoy, Ill.
    Lee Munster, Sr. • Business Institutions & Economics • Fox Lake, Ill.
    Garrison White, So. Undeclared • Concord, N.C.

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