March 28, 2012
Official Big Ten Release
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern student-athletes have earned 43 Academic All-Big Ten honors in five winter sports, the Big Ten Conference announced today (March 28). Together with the school-record 97 accolades won in the fall quarter, 140 Wildcats have been named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2011-12 academic year. This is an eight award increase over NU's record-breaking total at this time a year ago.
Northwestern-sponsored sports honored by the Big Ten during the winter season are: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and wrestling. NU's women's fencing squad will earn its awards during the spring at-large period. Of note this quarter is the Wildcat women's swimming team, which had their third-straight year with 20 or more award winners.
Senior women's swimmer Sheila O'Neill (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist School) deserves a special mention after winning her second Academic All-Big Ten award of the current school year. In addition to her four years on the swimming and diving team, O'Neill also joined the NU cross country squad this year, competing in several races and earning the conference's academic laurel for the cross country 'Cats, as well.
Junior men's basketball standout Drew Crawford (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was named Academic All-Big Ten in addition to previously winning Capital One Academic All-America recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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.
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 2012 based on their GPAs from the 2011-12 academic year.
Following are Northwestern's 2012 winter season Academic All-Big Ten award winners:
Men's Basketball (5)
Drew Crawford, Jr. Economics Naperville, Ill.
Davide Curletti, Sr. Radio/Television/Film Farmington Hills, Mich.
Nick Fruendt, Sr. Economics Batavia, Ill.
Reggie Hearn, Jr. Psychology Fort Wayne, Ind.
Luka Mirkovic, Sr. Communication Studies Belgrade, Serbia
Women's Basketball (5)
Kendall Hackney, Jr. Communication Studies Cincinnati, Ohio
Meghan McKeown, So. Journalism Glencoe, Ill.
Allison Mocchi, Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Wheeling, Ill.
Brittany Orban, Sr. Mechanical Engineering North Canton, Ohio
Kate Popovec, Jr. Communication Studies Canfield, Ohio
Men's Swimming and Diving (8)
John Frutiger, Sr. Environmental Sciences Alma, Mich.
Brien Gerber, So. Mechanical Engineering Naperville, Ill.
Jake Grosser, Gr. Masters of Sports Administration St. Charles, Ill.
Tanner Nemkov, So. Journalism Littleton, Colo.
Nick Pinkerton, So. Chemical Engineering Hudson, Ohio
Charlie Rimkus, Jr. Political Science Tustin, Calif.
Tim Smith, So. Civil Engineering Oakland, Calif.
Chase Stephens, So. Undeclared Madison, Wis.
Women's Swimming and Diving (20)
Mary Kate Campbell, So. Journalism Burr Ridge, Ill.
Meghan Cavanaugh, Sr. Political Science and Environmental Science (double major) Anchorage, Alaska
Meaghan Fenn, Jr. Human Communication Sciences New Rochelle, N.Y.
Fallon Fitzpatrick, So. Communication Studies Delray Beach, Fla.
Jacquie Godbe, Sr. Integrated Science Program and Chemistry (double major) Rapid City, S.D.
Megan Goss, So. Psychology Brentwood, Tenn.
Marybeth Hall, Jr. Biological Sciences Brighton, Mich.
Shelby Johnson, Sr. Biological Sciences Wayzata, Minn.
Meredith King, Jr. Statistics Louisville, Ky.
Cosima Lenz, So. Undeclared Altadena, Calif.
Felicitas Lenz, Jr. German Altadena, Calif.
Beth Loe, Sr. Industrial Engineering Upper Arlington, Ohio
Katie McCullough, Jr. Statistics Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sheila O'Neill, Sr. Mechanical Engineering Dunwoody, Ga.
Kathleen Patterson, Sr. Communication Studies Naperville, Ill.
Jackie Powell, So. Undeclared Madison, Wis.
Taylor Reynolds, Jr. English St. Louis, Mo.
Becca Soderholm, So. Undeclared Madison, Wis.
Erin Sosdian, So. Undeclared The Woodlands, Texas
Jenny Wilson, Sr. Journalism Bethesda, Md.
John Coukos, So. Biomedical Engineering Framingham, Mass.
Pat Greco, So. Undeclared St. Charles, Ill.
Pierce Harger, So. Industrial Engineering Loveland, Ohio
Ben Kuhar, Gr. Mechanical Engineering Concord Township, Ohio
Levi Mele, Jr. Social Policy Vernal, Utah
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