Rosemont, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 34 men’s and 49 women’s basketball players, 51 men’s and 52 women’s gymnasts, 69 hockey players, 143 men’s and 183 women’s swimmers and divers and 97 wrestlers. 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.
At least nine of these student-athletes have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs:
Nicholas Caldwell, Wisconsin men’s swimming & diving (Jr., Chemistry)
Michaela Cunningham, Nebraska women’s swimming & diving (Jr., Biological Sciences/Mathematics)
Nathan Fortunato, Minnesota men’s gymnastics (Sr., Recreation Resource Management)
Mike Gesell, Iowa men’s basketball (So., Finance)
Justin Glanda, Michigan men’s swimming & diving (Jr., Business Administration)
Hayden Hamby, Purdue women’s basketball (So., Movement and Sport Sciences)
Adam Marsh, Michigan State men’s swimming & diving (So., Chemical Engineering)
Jessica Plant, Minnesota women’s swimming & diving (Jr., Classical Civilization)
David Zoltowski, Michigan State men’s swimming & diving (Jr., Electrical Engineering)
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the fall 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.