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    NU Leads B1G With Over 100 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Awards

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Julie Sierks wraps up her NU career as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
    Julie Sierks wraps up her NU career as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

    Dec. 11, 2013

    Complete Fall 2013 Academic All-Big Ten honorees Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. --For the first time in school history, Northwestern's fall student-athletes cracked the 100-award mark by earning a conference-best 104 Academic All-Big Ten honors across six sports, the B1G office announced today (Dec. 11).

    The 104 awards eclipse NU's previous school-best total of 97 in 2011 and represents an incredible climb from 68 such honors in the fall of 2007, which at the time was NU's best-ever single-quarter Academic All-Big Ten performance.

    Northwestern is the lone Big Ten school to earn over 100 Academic All-Big Ten awards this fall season, topping Indiana's 94 and Michigan State's 90. Both IU and MSU sponsor seven fall sports while NU fields six varsity squads.

    NU football topped its own program record with 36 total honorees, besting its previous high of 34 earned in 2012. This season is the Wildcats' fourth-straight with more than 30 Academic All-Big Ten award winners. Northwestern again led the entire Big Ten Conference in football awards, besting Minnesota's impressive second-place total of 35 awards.

    Many Wildcats who excelled on the field also are among Northwestern's Academic All-Big Ten award winners. Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del./Milford) and Tara Puffenberger (Dallas, Pa./Dallas) of field hockey both won Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America honors this season while volleyball senior Stephanie Holthus (Burlington, Ill./Central) is an AVCA All-Region selection with a strong chance at her second-career All-America nod later this month. Football's Jeff Budzien(Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was named the Big Ten Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year for the second-straight season. All four of men's soccer's NSCAA All-Region honorees also are Academic All-Big Ten award winners.

    To earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition, an athlete must be in at least his/her second year at the institution, letter in his/her sport and have 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. This year's recipients will be honored prior to the fall of 2014 based on their GPAs from the 2012-13 academic year.

    Following are Northwestern's 2013 fall season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:

    Field Hockey (14)
    Lauren Bernardi, So. • Undeclared • Pittston, Pa.
    Maddy Carpenter, Jr. • Anthropology • Wilbraham, Mass.
    Kelsey Gradwohl, So. • Undeclared • Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Maria Kovalchuk, Sr. • Classics • Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Charlotte Martin, So. • Undeclared • St. Louis, Mo.
    Lisa McCarthy, So. • Undeclared • Dublin, Ireland
    Nikki Parsley, Sr. • Learning and Organizational Change • Milford, Del.
    Lena Phillips, So. • Undeclared • Bethlehem, Pa.
    Tara Puffenberger, Sr. • Sociology and Learning and Organizational Change (double major) • Dallas, Pa.
    Julia Retzky, Sr. • Biological Sciences and Psychology (double major) • Lake Forest, Ill.
    Kelley Stump, So. • Undeclared • Allentown, Pa.
    Kelsey Thompson, Sr. • Psychology • Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Kirsten Ward, So. • Undeclared • Glen Ellyn, Ill.
    Kristin Wirtz, Sr. • Secondary Teaching • Oak Park, Ill.

    Football (36)
    Hayden Baker, Sr. • Anthropology • Trout Valley, Ill.
    Cermak Bland, Jr. • Political Science • West Linn, Ore.
    Jeff Budzien, Gr. • Sports Administration • Hartland, Wis.
    Ibraheim Campbell, Sr. • Economics • Philadelphia, Pa.
    P.J. Carollo, Jr. • Economics • Lake Bluff, Ill.
    Max Chapman, Jr. • Economics • Ponte Vedra, Fla.
    Kain Colter, Sr. • Psychology • Denver, Colo.
    Adam DePietro, So. • Undeclared • Lancaster, Pa.
    Doug Diedrick, Jr. • Economics • Woodridge, Ill.
    Collin Ellis, Sr. • Learning and Organizational Change • St. Gabriel, La.
    Mike Eshun, Sr. • Economics • Madison, Wis.
    Davion Fleming, Gr. • Integrated Marketing and Communications • Upland, Calif.
    Matt Frazier, Jr. • Learning and Organizational Change • Bourbonnais, Ill.
    Deonte Gibson, Jr. • Communication Studies • Lakewood, Ohio
    Tim Hanrahan, Sr. • Chemical Engineering • Frankfort, Ill.
    Pat Hickey, Gr. • Sports Administration • Chicago, Ill.
    Tony Jones, Sr. • Learning and Organizational Change • Flint, Mich.
    Paul Jorgensen, Sr. • Economics • DeWitt, Mich.
    Connor Mahoney, So. • Undeclared • Malvern, Pa.
    Sean McEvilly, Sr. • Economics • Yorba Linda, Calif.
    Mike McHugh, So. • Undeclared • Kirkwood, Mo.
    Shane Mertz, Jr. • Economics • Hazlet, N.J.
    Geoff Mogus, Jr. • Economics • Lorain, Ohio
    Zack Oliver, Jr. • Communication Studies and Learning and Organizational Change (double major) • Baton Rouge, La.
    Eric Olson, So. • Learning and Organizational Change • Sudbury, Mass.
    Arthur Omilian, Jr. • Industrial Engineering • Atlanta, Ga.
    Ian Park, So. • Undeclared • Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Tyler Scott, Sr. • Learning and Organizational Change • Warren, Ohio
    Trevor Siemian, Sr. • Communication Studies • Windermere, Fla.
    Mark Szott, Jr. • Communication Studies • Naperville, Ill.
    Mike Trumpy, Gr. • Sports Administration • Wheaton, Ill.
    Nick VanHoose, Jr. • Sociology and Communication Studies (double major) • Urbana, Ohio
    Timmy Vernon, Gr. • Liberal Studies • Fort Washington, Pa.
    Brandon Vitabile, Sr. • Economics • Edison, N.J.
    Dan Vitale, So. • Undeclared • Wheaton, Ill.
    Brandon Williams, Gr. • Engineering Design Innovation • Nappanee, Ind.

    Women's Cross Country (16)
    Mallory Abel, So. • Communication Studies • St. Charles, Ill.
    Jessie Baloga, So. • Environmental Engineering • Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Elena Barham, So. • Undeclared • Madison, Wis.
    Camille Blackman, So. • Undeclared • Longmeadow, Mass.
    Julia Buford, Sr. • Civil Engineering • Chicago, Ill.
    Elizabeth Fierro, Jr. • Biological Services • Northport, N.Y.
    Erica Grubbs, So. • History • Davenport, Iowa
    Allison Jacobsen, So. • Undeclared • Carmel, Ind.
    Libby Kocha, Sr. • Applied Mathematics • Burlington, Wis.
    Allison Naval, So. • Psychology • Southlake, Texas
    Megan O'Brien, So. • Journalism • Homer Glen, Ill.
    Nicole Oliver, Sr. • Biomedical Engineering • Pottstown, Pa.
    Ann Powers, Sr. • Sociology • New York, N.Y.
    Charlotte ter Haar, Sr. • Biomedical Engineering • Davis, Calif.
    Rachel Weathered, So. • Biomedical Engineering • Naperville, Ill.
    Renee Wellman, So. • Social Policy • Carmel, Ind.

    Men's Soccer (15)
    Zak Allen, So. • Computer Science • Chicago, Ill.
    Peter Beasley, Jr. • Economics • Naperville, Ill.
    Nikko Boxall, Jr. • Economics • Auckland, New Zealand
    Joey Calistri, So. • Undeclared • Deerfield, Ill.
    Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz, Jr. • Mechanical Engineering • Burlington, Wis.
    Henry Herrill, So. • Undeclared • Altadena, Calif.
    Connor Holloway, Sr. • History • Deerfield, Ill.
    Peter Horner, Jr. • Economics • Brookfield, Wis.
    Connor Jacobson, Jr. • Economics • Avon, Conn.
    Scott Lakin, Sr. • Economics • Deerfield, Ill.
    Mick Maley, So. • Undeclared • South Elgin, Ill.
    Tyler Miller, Jr. • Communication Studies • Woodbury, N.J.
    Chris Ritter, Gr. • Communication Studies • Winnetka, Ill.
    Jeff Rogers, Sr. • Communication Studies • Birmingham, Mich.
    Grant Wilson, Jr. • Economics • Kansas City, Mo.

    Women's Soccer (18)
    Kate Allen, Sr. • Communication Studies • Whitehouse, Ohio
    Jackie Alyinovich, Jr. • Human Communication Sciences • Burr Ridge, Ill.
    KK Barr, Jr. • Anthropology • St. Charles, Ill.
    Rachel Bergman, So. • Undeclared • West Bloomfield, Mich.
    Briana Borsellino, Jr. • Communication Studies • Oak Brook, Ill.
    Natalie Cikos, So. • Undeclared • Massapequa Park, N.Y.
    Katie Gancedo, Jr. • Social Policy • Altadena, Calif.
    Sam Hatfield, Sr. • Mechanical Engineering • Crossfield, Alberta
    Ali Herman, Jr. • Journalism • Villanova, Pa.
    Nicole Jewell, Sr. • Industrial Engineering • Raleigh, N.C.
    Jennifer Korn, So. • Industrial Engineering • Naperville, Ill.
    Natalie Lagunas, Sr. • English • Canyon Country, Calif.
    Katie Landgrebe, Jr. • Journalism • Madeira, Ohio
    Suzanne Malherbe, So. • Undeclared • Temecula, Calif.
    Nandi Mehta, So. • Undeclared • Lexington, Mass.
    Bo Podkopacz, Sr. • Learning and Organizational Change • Plymouth, Minn.
    Sami Schrakamp, Jr. • Communication Studies • Danville, Calif.
    Julie Sierks, Sr. • Industrial Engineering • Edina, Minn.

    Women's Volleyball (5)
    Katie Dutchman, Sr. • Biological Sciences • Del Mar, Calif.
    Stephanie Holthus, Sr. • Secondary Teaching • Burlington, Ill.
    Abbie Kraus, So. • Journalism • Birmingham, Ala.
    Monica McGreal, Jr. • Industrial Engineering • Louisville, Ky.
    Savannah Paffen, Jr. • Biological Sciences • Mountain View, Calif.


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