Coleman Tokar, who graduated with a degree in mathematics education in May 2017, was among 59 Huskers to earn Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards in 2017.
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Five Huskers Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska men's gymnastics team continued its success in the classroom after five members of the team were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars on Wednesday, June 28, when the conference announced its highest scholastic honor team across all sports. Joshua Everitt, Sanjaya Roy, Anton Stephenson, Chris Stephenson and Coleman Tokar each received the award and the five honorees tied for the highest total by a men's gymnastics team in the conference.

The Huskers were honored for producing 3.7 or better grade-point averages during the 2016-17 academic year while also being members of a varsity team at Nebraska. Chris Stephenson posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17, while working towards a degree in biological systems. He earned the award for the second time in his career. He is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Joshua Everitt (criminology & criminal justice) and Sanjaya Roy (psychology) earned the award for the second time as well, while Anton Stephenson (nutrition science) and Coleman Tokar (mathematics education) each recevied the honor for the first time. 

A total of 54 other Nebraska student-athletes were named to the list as well and 12 others, in addition to Chris Stephenson, 12 finished the 2016-17 academic year with 4.0 grade-point averages.

The women's swimming and diving program and the women's track and field program produced the most Big Ten Distinguished Scholars at Nebraska by sport, with eight honorees each. The Husker women's soccer team added seven distinguished scholars, while the men's track and field program added six to lead the NU men's teams. 

The Husker wrestlers also added five distinguished scholars. The NU football program featured three distinguished scholars, as did the Husker softball team, while the baseball, bowling, women's gymnastics, rifle and men's tennis teams all added two award winners. The men's tennis team's two distinguished scholars also tied for the conference lead in the sport.

Nebraska's 2016-17 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (By Sport)

Baseball (2)

  • Ethan Frazier, Jr., Lee's Summit, Mo., Environmental Studies
  • Alex Henwood, So., Alex Henwood, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design

Women's Basketball (1)

  • Emily Wood, Women's Basketball, Sr., Salina, Kan., Management

Bowling (2)

  • Allison Morris, Bowling, So., Ann Arbor, Mich., Accounting/Finance
  • Meghan Straub, Bowling, So., Lincoln, Neb., Journalism/English

Football (3)

  • Michael Decker, Football, So., Omaha, Neb., Political Science
  • Gabe Rahn, Football, Sr., Le Mars, Iowa, Nutrition, Health & Exercise Science
  • Chris Weber, Football, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Nutrition Science

Men's Golf (1)

  • Jackson Wendling, Men's Golf, Jr., Effingham, Ill., Finance

Men's Gymnastics (5)

  • Joshua Everitt, Men's Gymnastics, Jr., Tucson, Ariz., Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Sanjaya Roy, Men's Gymnastics, Sr., Douglassville, Pa., Psychology
  • Anton Stephenson, Men's Gymnastics, Jr., Fishers, Ind., Nutrition Science
  • Chris Stephenson, Men's Gymnastics, Sr., Fishers, Ind., Biological Sciences (4.0)
  • Coleman Tokar, Men's Gymnastics, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn., Mathematics Education

Women's Gymnastics (2)

  • Danielle Breen, Women's Gymnastics, Jr., Ames, Iowa, Accounting (4.0)
  • Jennie Laeng, Women's Gymnastics, Sr., West Middlesex, Pa., Psychology (4.0)

Rifle (2)

  • Nina Radulovic, Rifle, So., Belgrade, Serbia, Psychology/Political Science/Women's & Gender Studies
  • Rachel Yager, Rifle, So., Bozeman, Mont., Speech-Language Pathology (4.0)

Soccer (7)

  • Caroline Buelt, Soccer, Jr., Polk City, Iowa, Business Administration
  • Courtney Claassen, Soccer, Sr., Parkville, Mo., Advertising & Public Relations
  • Lindsay Hargreaves, Soccer, So., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Elementary Education
  • Amanda Hilton, Soccer, Jr., West Chicago, Ill., Elementary & Special Education K-6
  • Emily O'Neal, Soccer, So., Dallas, Texas, Psychology (4.0)
  • Alli Peterson, Soccer, Jr., Iowa City, Iowa, Advertising & Public Relations
  • Alexis Rienks, Soccer, Jr., Lincoln, Neb., Food Science & Technology

Softball (3)

  • Taylor Kadavy, Softball, Jr., York, Neb., Nutrition Science
  • Lotte Sjulin, Softball, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Biological Sciences (4.0)
  • Austen Urness, Softball, Sr., Lake Elsinore, Calif., Psychology

Swimming & Diving (8)

  • Cassandra Brassard, Swimming & Diving, Jr., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Animal Science
  • Anna Filipcic, Swimming & Diving, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Psychology/Music
  • Aimee Fischer, Swimming & Diving, Jr., Lincoln, Neb., Elementary Education
  • Lindsay Helferich, Swimming & Diving, Jr., Odessa, Texas, Civil Engineering (4.0)
  • Erin Oeltjen, Swimming & Diving, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Biochemistry
  • Bridget Pacilio, Swimming & Diving, So., Colleyville, Texas, Child, Youth & Family Studies (4.0)
  • Julia Roller, Swimming & Diving, Sr., Naperville, Ill., Dietetics
  • Katt Sickle, Swimming & Diving, Gr., Grain Valley, Mo., Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education (4.0)

Men's Tennis (2)

  • Tomislav Antoljak, Men's Tennis, So., Zagreb, Croatia, Management
  • Rok Krizaj, Men's Tennis, So., Idrija, Slovenia, Management (4.0)

Women's Tennis (1)

  • Paula Del Cueto Castillo, Women's Tennis, So., Sevilla, Spain, Psychology

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country (6)

  • Landon Bartel, Men's Track & Field, Jr., Ashland, Mo., Classics & Religious Studies
  • Sam Bransby, Men's Track & Field, Jr., Naperville, Ill., Elementary Education
  • Kevin Cahoy, Men's Track & Field, So., Grand Island, Neb., Biological Sciences (4.0)
  • Wyatt McGuire, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country, Jr., North Platte, Neb., Elementary Education (4.0)
  • Luke Siedhoff, Men's Track & Field, Jr., Crete, Neb., Biological Sciences
  • Drew Wiseman, Men's Track & Field, Sr., Bismarck, N.D., Electrical Engineering (4.0)

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country (8)

  • Kate Birchmier, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Bloomfield, Iowa, Biological Sciences
  • Ashleigh Carr, Women's Track & Field, So., Oakland, Neb., Family & Consumer Science Education
  • Kristen Dowell, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Edwardsville, Ill., Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management
  • Morgan Dworak, Women's Track & Field, Sr., Lincoln, Neb., Advertising & Public Relations
  • Angela Mercurio, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Biochemistry
  • Bonnie Smith, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Elementary Education
  • Tierra Williams, Women's Track & Field, Sr., Child, Youth & Family Studies
  • Brittni Wolczyk, Women's Track & Field, So., Auburn, Neb., Psychology

Volleyball/Beach Volleyball (1)

  • Sydney Townsend, Volleyball/Beach Volleyball, Sr., Lincoln, Neb., Biochemistry

Wrestling (5)

  • David Jensen, Wrestling, Jr., Mobridge, S.D., Nutrition Science
  • Tim Lambert, Wrestling, Sr., Forest Hills, Mich., Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Mitchell Maginnis, Wrestling, Sr., Grand Island, Neb., Nutrition Science
  • Jordan Shearer, Wrestling, Jr., Fargo, N.D., Nutrition Science
  • Aaron Studebaker, Wrestling, Sr., Raymond, Neb., Animal Science


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