June 21, 2011
Precin's Jesse Owens Award Nominee Flyer
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University's N Club held its annual Senior Recognition Banquet Thursday night at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, inducting the senior class into the N Club while honoring several Wildcats for outstanding seasons and careers at Northwestern. Among those honored was senior Brandon Precin of wrestling, who was announced as NU's Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year nominee.
The Big Ten has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 when Indiana's Jim Spivey earned the inaugural award. The following year, a women's award was created. In 1991-92, as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the conference, the women's award was renamed in honor of former Wisconsin track standout and three-time recipient Suzy Favor. At the end of each school year, all member institutions submit one male and one female student-athlete as their nominees for Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
Below is a look at NU's 2011 honorees for these prestigious awards:
Northwestern's Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year Nominee
Brandon Precin Wrestling
Precin earned the second third-place finish of his career at the 2011 NCAA Championships, becoming the fifth three-time All-American in Northwestern history. He defeated the defending NCAA Champion in December to capture his second Midlands Championship, becoming the second Wildcat ever to win multiple Midlands titles.
He concluded his career ranked third in Northwestern history in wins with an overall record of 138-31 including 34 pins. A two-time Big Ten finalist and NWCA All-Academic Team honoree, Precin spent four weeks in 2011 ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds. In both his junior and senior seasons, Precin scored more than 90 points in dual meets. He is graduating with a double major in secondary teaching and history.
Northwestern's Big Ten Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Nominee
Shannon Smith Women's Lacrosse
Smith led Northwestern to its sixth national championship in seven years in 2011, scoring game-winning goals in the national semifinals and final en route to NCAA Championship MVP honors. Winner of both major national player of the year awards -- the Tewaaraton Trophy and the Lacrosse Honda Sports Award, Smith led Division I with 128 points, the second-best single-season total in NU history and seventh-most all-time in Division I history.
She has an active streak of 45 straight games with at least one goal and set the Northwestern single-season record for goals with 86 this year. She enters her senior season next season ranked fifth in career assists with 80, sixth in points with 268 and seventh in goals with 188. Shannon is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner as an economics major with a minor in business institutions.
For a complete list of honorees from the 2011 N Club Induction ceremony, click here.
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