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27 Big Ten Student-Athletes Named To Academic All-District At-Large Teams

Standouts from seven conference schools across 11 sports recognized for academic and athletic achievement


ROSEMONT, Ill. – No fewer than 27 student-athletes (15 men, 12 women) from seven Big Ten Conference schools earned a place on the 2020-21 Division I Academic All-District At-Large Teams, according to Thursday’s announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Big Ten student-athletes chosen for the honor compete in 11 different sports (nine that are sponsored by the conference), and all are now eligible for Academic All-America status, with those selections made in early August.

Minnesota led all Big Ten schools with eight Academic All-District At-Large honorees, followed by Michigan (6) and Purdue (4).

Big Ten men’s gymnastics and women’s swimming & diving programs had a conference-high four Academic All-District honorees apiece, while women’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, men’s swimming & diving and wrestling each had three selections.

Of the 27 Big Ten student-athletes who received Academic All-District At-Large mention, 20 had been named 2020-21 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars last week.

Schools may nominate up to four male and four female student-athletes who compete in the 26 sports covered by the Academic All-District At-Large program, and which do not have a separate designated Academic All-District (and Academic All-America) program. Honorees are recognized in four divisions (NCAA I, II and III, and NAIA) with schools divided among eight geographical districts in the United States and Canada.

To qualify for Academic All-District status, a student-athlete must have completed at least one year at his/her current institutions and achieved sophomore athletic eligibility, maintained a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his/her team, having participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the given season.

The complete list of Big Ten men’s and women’s Academic All-District At-Large honorees can be found below, while the full CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams are available by CLICKING HERE.

2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Selections

(* – 2020-21 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar)

Men’s Golf

*James Piot, Sr., Michigan State (3.66, Finance)

*Joe Weiler, Sr., Purdue (3.85, Industrial Engineering)

Women’s Golf

*Kate Smith, Sr., Nebraska (3.59, Graphic Design)

Men’s Gymnastics

*Colton Dee, Sr., Minnesota (3.94, Biology)

*Henry Meeker, Sr., Minnesota (3.97, Civil Engineering)

*Shane Wiskus, Sr., Minnesota (3.40, Business and Marketing Education)

*Jack Baldwin, Sr., Penn State (4.00, Mechanical Engineering)

Women’s Gymnastics

*Natalie Wojcik, Jr., Michigan (3.71, Psychology/Spanish/Linguistics)

*Ona Loper, Grad., Minnesota (4.00, Epidemiology)

*Lexy Ramler, Sr., Minnesota (3.69, Entrepreneurial Management)

Men’s Ice Hockey

Strauss Mann, Jr., Michigan (3.91, Business Administration)

*Austin Kamer, Sr., Michigan State (4.00, Chemical Engineering)

*Jack LaFontaine, Sr., Minnesota (3.83, English)

Women’s Ice Hockey

Grace Zumwinkle, Sr., Minnesota (3.56, Finance)

Women’s Rowing

*Annika Hoffmann, Sr., Michigan (4.00, Political Science/Comparative Literature)

*Lindsay Eliasen, Sr., Minnesota (3.97, Computer Engineering)

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Andrew Capobianco, Jr., Indiana (3.75, Exercise Science)

Michael Daly, Jr., Penn State (3.75, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)

Ben Bramley, Jr., Purdue (3.89, Finance)

Women’s Swimming & Diving

*Maggie MacNeil, Jr., Michigan (3.66, Psychology)

*Amanda Ling, Sr., Michigan State (4.00, English)

*Abigail Knapton, Sr., Nebraska (3.93, Psychology)

Emily Bretscher, Sr., Purdue (3.70, General Management)

Women’s Water Polo

*Maddie O’Reilly, Sr., Michigan (3.77, Sport Management)


*Myles Amine, Grad., Michigan (3.82, Sport Management)

Nick Lee, Sr., Penn State (3.53, Health Policy & Administration)

*Max Lyon, Sr., Purdue (3.87, Industrial Management – Operations & Supply Chain Management)