Dec. 6, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern earned more than 90 Academic All-Big Ten awards during the fall sports season for the second-consecutive year, winning 97 honors in six sports to top the Big Ten in honorees per program, the conference office announced today (Dec. 6).
After setting school records for total fall sport honorees in each of the previous five years, Northwestern's 2012 total is its second-straight with at least 95 awards. NU's 2012 fall award total is 40 percent more than it earned in 2007 when the record-breaking began.
The Wildcats' 16.2 honorees per their six fall programs topped the Nittany Lions' 14.29 rate for its seven fall sports.
NU football topped its own program record with 34 total honorees, besting its previous high of 32 earned in 2010. This season is the Wildcats' third-straight with more than 30 Academic All-Big Ten award winners. Northwestern again led the entire Big Ten Conference in football awards, topping second-place Minnesota's 31 and third-place totals of 28 from Penn State and Nebraska.
Among Northwestern's Academic All-Big Ten winners were two football Capital One Academic All-Americans, Patrick Ward (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and Brian Arnfelt (Lake Elmo, Minn./Stillwater), and a volleyball Capital One Academic All-District award winner, senior Julie Chin (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North). The Capital One Academic awards program is voted on and administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Many Wildcats who excelled on the field also are among Northwestern's Academic All-Big Ten award winners. Chelsea Armstrong
(Perth, Australia/Penrhos) and Tara Puffenberger
(Dallas, Pa./Dallas) of field hockey both won Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America honors this season while volleyball junior Stephanie Holthus
(Burlington, Ill./Central) is an AVCA All-Region selection with a strong chance at an All-America nod later this month. In men's soccer, Chris Ritter
(Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was chosen as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and football's Jeff Budzien
(Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was named the Big Ten Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year. All told, five of NU's All-Big Ten football players also made the Academic All-Big Ten rolls.
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. Three Wildcats: Arnfelt, Armstrong and Quentin Williams (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) were specially recognized for having perfect 4.0 GPAs. All three currently are enrolled in graduate school.
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. This year's recipients will be honored prior to the fall of 2013 based on their GPAs from the 2011-12 academic year.
Following are Northwestern's 2012 fall season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:
Field Hockey (12)
Chelsea Armstrong, Gr. Sports Administration Perth, Australia
Mary Susan Bro, So. Undeclared Lake Bluff, Ill.
Maddy Carpenter, So. Undeclared Wilbraham, Mass.
Shannon Disbrow, Sr. Economics Potomac, Md.
Catherine Franklin, Jr. Communication Studies Houston, Texas
Maria Kovalchuk, Jr. Classics Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nikki Parsley, Jr. Learning and Organizational Change Milford, Del.
Kaylee Pohlmeyer, Gr. Integrated Marketing Communications Severna Park, Md.
Tara Puffenberger, Jr. Sociology Dallas, Pa.
Julia Retzky, Jr. Psychology Lake Forest, Ill.
Kelsey Thompson, Jr. Psychology Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kristin Wirtz, Jr. Secondary Teaching Oak Park, Ill.
Brian Arnfelt, Gr. Sports Administration Lake Elmo, Minn.
Hayden Baker, Jr. Anthropology Trout Valley, Ill.
Cermak Bland, So. Undeclared West Linn, Ore.
Jeff Budzien, Sr. Economics Hartland, Wis.
Ibraheim Campbell, Jr. Economics Philadelphia, Pa.
Joe Cannon, Jr. Communication Studies Oconomowoc, Wis.
P.J. Carollo, So. Undeclared Lake Bluff, Ill.
Max Chapman, So. Undeclared Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Bo Cisek, Sr. Communication Studies Chicago, Ill.
Kain Colter, Jr. Psychology Denver, Colo.
Neal Deiters, Gr. Psychology Elmhurst, Ill.
Doug Diedrick, So. Undeclared Woodridge, Ill.
Collin Ellis, Jr. Sociology St. Gabriel, La.
Mike Eshun, Jr. Economics Madison, Wis.
Davion Fleming, Sr. Philosophy Upland, Calif.
Tim Hanrahan, Jr. Chemical Engineering Frankfort, Ill.
Pat Hickey, Sr. Economics Chicago, Ill.
Tony Jones, Jr. Psychology Flint, Mich.
Paul Jorgensen, Jr. Economics DeWitt, Mich.
Geoff Mogus, So. Undeclared Loraine, Ohio
Zack Oliver, So. Communication Studies Baton Rouge, La.
Arthur Omilian, So. Industrial Engineering Atlanta, Ga.
Alex Pietrzak, So. Undeclared Burr Ridge, Ill.
Tim Riley, Sr. Economics Oswego, Ill.
Tyler Scott, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Warren, Ohio
Will Studlien, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Sunbury, Ohio
Mark Szott, So. Communication Studies Naperville, Ill.
Mike Trumpy, Sr. Communication Studies Wheaton, Ill.
Nick VanHoose, So. Undeclared Urbana, Ohio
Timmy Vernon, Sr. History Fort Washington, Pa.
Brandon Vitabile, Jr. Economics Edison, N.J.
Patrick Ward, Sr. Mechanical Engineering Homer Glen, Ill.
Brandon Williams, Sr. Mechanical Engineering Nappanee, Ind.
Quentin Williams, Gr. Sports Administration Pittsburgh, Pa.
Women's Cross Country (17)
Julia Buford, Jr. Civil Engineering Chicago, Ill.
Maddie Elkins, So. Political Science and Economics (double major) Stamford, Conn.
Sophie Ewald, Sr. Environmental Sciences Berlin, Germany
Elizabeth Fierro, So. Undeclared Northport, N.Y.
Lexie Goldsmith, Jr. Mechanical Engineering Orland Park, Ill.
Ashley Greenwell, Sr. Industrial Engineering St. Louis, Mo.
Angie Henry, Sr. Political Science Hopkins, Minn.
Audrey Huth, Sr. Philosophy Shelby, Mich.
Libby Kocha, Jr. Applied Mathematics Burlington, Wis.
Janelle Li-A-Ping, Sr. Journalism New York, N.Y.
Allegra Mayer, Sr. Environmental Sciences Palo Alto, Calif.
Kayleen McMonigal, Sr. Integrated Science Program (ISP) Tacoma, Wash.
Lauren Neuschel, Sr. Journalism Wilmette, Ill.
Nicole Oliver, Jr. Biomedical Engineering Pottstown, Pa.
Ann Powers, Jr. Sociology New York, N.Y.
Moira Ryan, Sr. History Washington, D.C.
Charlotte ter Haar, Jr. Biomedical Engineering Davis, Calif.
Men's Soccer (14)
Jarrett Baughman, Sr. Communication Studies Bloomington, Ind.
Peter Beasley, So. Undeclared Naperville, Ill.
Nikko Boxall, So. Undeclared Auckland, N.Z.
Nick Gendron, Sr. Communications Studies Ramsey, N.J.
Peter Horner, So. Undeclared Brookfield, Wis.
Scott Lakin, Jr. Economics Deerfield, Ill.
Layth Masri, Jr. History Louisville, Ky.
Tyler Miller, So. Communication Studies Woodbury, N.J.
Chris Ritter, Sr. Communication Studies Winnetka, Ill.
Jeff Rogers, Jr. Communication Studies Birmingham, Mich.
Kyle Schickel, Sr. Communication Studies Louisville, Ky.
Tommy Tombridge, Sr. Communication Studies Springfield, Mo.
Michael Walbridge, Sr. Economics Fort Wayne, Ind.
Grant Wilson, So. Undeclared Kansas City, Mo.
Women's Soccer (16)
Kate Allen, Jr. Communication Studies Whitehouse, Ohio
Jackie Alyinovich, So. Undeclared Burr Ridge, Ill.
KK Barr, So. Undeclared St. Charles, Ill.
Briana Borsellino, So. Communication Studies Oak Brook, Ill.
Anna Cassell, So. Undeclared Salt Lake City, Utah
Meredith Finsand, Sr. Communication Studies Edina, Minn.
Sam Hatfield, Jr. Mechanical Engineering Crossfield, Alberta
Nicole Jewell, Jr. Industrial Engineering Raleigh, N.C.
Natalie Lagunas, Jr. English Canyon Country, Calif.
Katie Landgrebe, So. Journalism Madeira, Ohio
Bo Podkopacz, Jr. Learning and Organizational Change Plymouth, Minn.
Jessica Rubin, Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Naperville, Ill.
Sami Schrakamp, So. Communication Studies Danville, Calif.
Niki Sebo, So. Secondary Teaching Downers Grove, Ill.
Julie Sierks, Jr. Industrial Engineering Edina, Minn.
Bri Westlund, Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Cottage Grove, Minn.
Women's Volleyball (4)
Julie Chin, Sr. Economics Naperville, Ill.
Katie Dutchman, Jr. Biological Sciences Del Mar, Calif.
Stephanie Holthus, Jr. Secondary Teaching Burlington, Ill.
Madalyn Shalter, Gr. Higher Education Administration and Policy Ottawa, Ohio
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