A Lincoln native, Bri Badje majors in international business
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

12 Huskers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska soccer team placed 12 student-athletes on the 2011 Fall Academic All-Big Ten list. The Huskers' 12 honorees tied Purdue for the seventh most selections, while Michigan State led the away with 19 award winners. Overall, a total of 55 Nebraska student-athletes were recognized on Wednesday as Academic All-Big Ten recipients. The list included 27 football players, 12 women's soccer student-athletes, 10 members of the Huskers' cross country teams and six volleyball players.

Goalkeeper Amy Swearer led the way for Head Coach John Walker's squad, as the Lincoln native was one of three Nebraska student-athletes honored to produce a 4.0 GPA. The 2011 senior class continued its success in the classroom as Michaella Fulmer, Katie Goetzmann and Blair Slapper each earned their fourth career academic all-conference accolade after each earing three awards from the Big 12 Conference.

Success in the classroom has always been a part of the soccer program, as the team produced 119 Academic All-Big 12 honors while members of the Big 12 Conference from 1996-2010.

The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.

2011 Fall Academic All-Big Ten
Bri Badje, So., International Business (Lincoln, Neb.)
Stacy Bartels, So., Elementary Education (Omaha, Neb.)
Hannah Dittmar, RFr., Undeclared (Gretna, Neb.)
Michaella Fulmer, Sr., Accounting (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Katie Goetzmann, Sr., Business Administration (Omaha, Neb.)
Maritza Hayes, So., Psychology (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Ashley Hick, So., Psychology (Omaha, Neb.)
Jordan Jackson, Jr., Dietetics/Nutrition, Exercise & Health Science (Overland Park, Kan.)
Morgan Marlborough, Jr., Elementary Education (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Blair Slapper, Sr., Marketing (Prairie Village, Kan.)
Emma Stevens, So., Political Science (Corona, Calif.)
Amy Swearer, RFr., Criminology & Criminal Justice (Lincoln, Neb.)*

* - student-athlete with a 4.0 GPA


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