Gina Metzler earned her second Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award for the 2017-18 school year, after finishing with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Six Huskers Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

By NU Athletic Communications

Six members of the Nebraska softball team were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars on Tuesday. The six honorees tied for most among Big Ten softball programs. Minnesota also had six award winners.

Caitlin Bartsch, Bree Boruff, Bri Cassidy, Gina Metzler, Taylor Otte and Madi Unzicker were all recognized for their performance in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year. Metzler, a nutrition and health sciences major, led the group with a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2017-18 school year and earned her second Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. Otte and Unzicker also won the award for the second time in their careers.

Bartsch, Boruff and Cassidy were first-time recipients.

The list includes student-athletes from all 14 Big Ten institutions and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. 

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only students with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student's academic career.

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