A total of 89 Nebraska student-athletes were recognized Wednesday as Academic All-Big Ten recipients. The list of honored Nebraska student-athletes includes 36 track and field athletes, 15 baseball players, seven softball players and men’s golfers, six women’s tennis players, five women’s golfers, four bowlers, four rifle athletes, three men’s tennis players and two sand volleyball players.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Among the 1,279 spring and at-large sports student-athletes recognized by the Big Ten Conference, a total of 24 maintained an unblemished cumulative GPA. Nebraska student-athletes with a perfect GPA included Ryan Grassel (Jr., Men’s Golf, Global Studies/Political Science), Anne Martin (Sr., Women’s Track, Elementary Education) and Katie White (Sr., Women’s Track, Nutrition Science).
Martin and White led a group of 36 members of Coach Gary Pepin’s track team, including 16 members of the men’s team that won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, who received Academic All-Big Ten honors. Among that group, many have received multiple academic all-conference recognition. Repeat Academic All-Big Ten honorees include, Bjorn Barrefors, Tommy Brinn, Travis Englund, Mara Griva, Veronica Grizzle, Ellie Grooters, Jarren Heng, Anne Martin, Kara Mostoller, Patrick Raedler, Jordan Stiens, Teran Walford, Lauren Welch, Katie White, Seth Wiedel and Morgan Wilken.
The conference office will also present the Distinguished Scholar Award in July. 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.