88 Gophers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors
Nathan Fortunato is one of nine students in the Big Ten Conference with an unblemished GPA.

March 26, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – The Big Ten Conference announced their Academic All-Big Ten selections for the winter season on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 88 Golden Gopher student-athletes earned the conference academic accolade. The list of Maroon and Gold honorees includes 21 women's and 12 men's swimmers and divers, 13 men's and six women's gymnasts, 14 men's hockey players, seven women's basketball players and 15 wrestlers. 

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

Minnesota's winter Big Ten sports include men's and women's basketball, men’s hockey, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming and wrestling.

Nathan Fortunato, a senior gymnast and recreation resource management major, and Jessica Plant, a junior swimmer and classical civilization major, both received special recognition as they were named among seven other conference winter-sport student-athletes that have maintained an unblemished 4.0 GPA.

The women’s swimming and diving team led the way for the University of Minnesota with 21 selections for the second year in the row. With a roster of 30, the women's swimming and diving team had 70 percent of their roster earn academic honors. 

The overall list of conference honorees includes 32 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 totaling 678 student-athletes. 

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.

Men’s Gymnastics (13)

Sean Bauer

Steffen Beck 

Zack Chase

Daniel Dibenedetto 

Nathan Fortunato

Steve Jaciuk

Adam Kern

Ellis Mannon

Jack Metcalf 

Justin Morinishi

John Scallon

Spencer Smith

Sam Wright

Men’s Hockey (14)

Seth Ambroz

Travis Boyd

Nate Condon

Justin Holl

Christian Isackson

Jake Parenteau 

Kyle Rau

Connor Reilly

Ryan Reilly

Tom Serratore

Brady Skjei

Sam Warning

Adam Wilcox 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (12)

Benjamin Bravence

Alejandro Cisneros

Jason Hartbarger

Christopher Johnson

Erik Larsen

Garin Marlow

Ryan Miksch 

Carl Newenhouse

Emanuel Pollard 

Logan Redondo

Derek Toomey

Sandy Whitaker


Women’s Basketball (7)

Mikayla Bailey

Kayla Hirt 

Jackie Johnson

Shayne Mullaney

Sari Noga

Micaella Riche

Amanda Zahui B. 


Women’s Gymnastics (6)

Justine Cherwink

Madie Hanley 

Lindsay Mable

Kylie Schermann

Kayla Slechta 

Cierra Tomson


Women’s Swimming and Diving (21)

Kaela Anderson

Katie Anton

Heidi Busack

Erin Caflisch

Christie Clarke

Katy Etterman

Samantha Harding

Kiera Janzen

Maggie Keefer

Amelia Marsh

Haley Pietila

Jessica Plant

Chloe Portela

Monica Radecke 

Jessica Ramberg

Tori Simenec

Devin Ste. Marie 

Hailey Szews

Lauren Votava

Rebecca Weiland

Blake Zeiger


Wrestling (15)

Jordan Bremer

Alex Daugherty

Randy Hanson

Corey Hodowanic

Jordan Kingsley 

Michael Kroells 

Levi Nayes 

Brett Pfarr 

Conrad Rangell 

Scott Schiller 

Joshua Shupe 

Pat Smith 

Kevin Steinhaus

Danny Zilverberg 

Full list of Academic All-Big Ten honorees


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