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.
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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