More than 1,100 students earn academic honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,130 students competing in winter sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team Wednesday.
The list of honorees features 81 men’s and 89 women’s basketball students, 79 men’s and 114 women’s gymnasts, 189 men’s and 285 women’s swimming and diving students, 190 wrestlers and 103 men’s hockey students.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team, as verified by being on the official squad list as of March 1 for winter sports, who have been enrolled full-time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Twenty-four of the winter honorees have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs:
Zach Griffith, Sr., Illinois, Men’s Basketball, Kinesiology
Nate Cotroneo, So., Illinois, Wrestling, Agribusiness Markets and Management
Michelle McCord, Gr., Illinois, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Master’s Degree (Nuclear, Plasma and Radial Energy)
Kylie Noonan, Sr., Illinois, Women’s Gymnastics, Marketing
Ali Patberg, Gr., Indiana, Women’s Basketball, Master’s Degree (Recreation Administration)
Allie Gilchrist, Sr., Iowa, Women’s Gymnastics, Accounting
Allyson Steffensmeier, Jr., Iowa, Women’s Gymnastics, Biomedical Science
Olivia Carter, Jr., Michigan, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Classical Archeology
Austin Davis, Gr., Michigan, Men’s Basketball, Movement Science
Franz Wagner, So., Michigan, Men’s Basketball, LSA Undeclared
Taylor Arnold, Sr., Michigan State, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Special Education – Learning Disabilities
Austin Kamer, Sr., Michigan State, Men’s Hockey, Chemical Engineering
Lucy Schenden, Jr., Michigan State, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Accounting
Hunt Conroy, Gr., Minnesota, Men’s Basketball, Youth Development Leadership
Ona Loper, Gr., Minnesota, Women’s Gymnastics, Epidemiology
Izzie Murray, Sr., Nebraska, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Environmental Studies/Fisheries & Wildlife
Jack Baldwin, Sr., Penn State, Men’s Gymnastics, Mechanical Engineering
Kathryn Mueller, So., Purdue, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Social Studies Education
Dale Williams, Sr., Purdue, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Jenna Douglass, Jr., Rutgers, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Chemical Engineering
Zach Firestone, Gr., Rutgers, Wrestling, Human Resource Management
Carmen Backes, Jr., Wisconsin, Women’s Basketball, Health Promotion and Health Equity & Communication Sciences and Disorders
Drew Nixdorf, So., Wisconsin, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Mechanical Engineering
D’Mitrik Trice, Gr., Wisconsin, Men’s Basketball, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the fall and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. To be eligible for selection, students must be a recipient of Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must be enrolled for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher during that time. This GPA shall be calculated based on the previous academic year only, excluding summer. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference’s Academic All-Big Ten program.