Danielle Breen became the fifth two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of the Nebraska women's gymnastics program.
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Breen Captures Academic All-America Honor

By NU Athletic Communications

Danielle Breen capped a spectacular career as a Nebraska student-athlete by capturing Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-America honors on Thursday, June 14, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Breen, a senior from Ames, Iowa, became the fifth two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Nebraska women's gymnastics history. She earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior for the Huskers in 2017. She is one of 11 Husker women's gymnasts all time who have combined for 17 Academic All-America awards at Nebraska.

The first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America award put the finishing touches on an outstanding season of accomplishments for the senior all-arounder. The 2018 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner was also named the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the 2018 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. Her performance in the gym at those championships and throughout the season helped the Huskers to the NCAA Super Six, capping one of the best seasons in school history.

The accounting major who carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average was also named a Nebraska Outstanding Scholar, and claimed the third Academic All-Big Ten award of her career. 

In the community, Breen earned a prestigious Nebraska Heart & Soul Award as one of the most committed Huskers across all sports to all aspects of the Nebraska Life Skills program. She was also a Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award winner in 2017 and was a four-time selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

In competition, Breen was a second-team All-American on balance beam for the Big Red as a junior in 2017. She was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection during her career.

Breen joined men's tennis player Linus Erhart in earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the Huskers in the men's and women's at-large categories announced on June 14, giving Nebraska three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors so far in 2017-18. The Huskers increased their nation-leading total to 332 across all teams and all sports all time.

The final CoSIDA Academic All-America teams of the year are scheduled to be announced Thursday, June 21, with the unveiling of the NCAA Division I men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. Nebraska's Angela Mercurio advanced to the national ballot by earning first-team CoSIDA All-District VII honors in women's track and field.


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