Minnesota Places 135 on Academic All-Big Ten
Alena Brooks is one of two Gopher student-athletes who have unblemished GPAs this spring.

May 28, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference announced that 135 Gopher student-athletes had been placed on the Academic All-Big Ten Teams this spring to cap off a successful year for the Maroon and Gold both in competition and in the classroom. 

The Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sport student-athletes for their commitment to excellence in the classroom. Minnesota competes in nine spring sports including baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, softball and rowing. Women's ice hockey is also included as an at-large sport at the University of Minnesota.

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. Two Minnesota track and field student-athletes, Alena Brooks and Cassy Opitz, have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs.

The track and field teams totaled 56 honorees, with the women's team leading the way for the Maroon and Gold with 37 honored student-athletes.

Baseball and rowing reached double digits with 17 and 23 respectively while the national runner-up ice hockey team placed seven on the list.

The softball team, who finished their season this past weekend, placed 11 on the list after a historic season that landed the team in its first ever NCAA Super Regional.

The complete list of honored student-athletes features 96 baseball players, 105 softball players, 126 women's rowers, 45 men's and 49 women's golfers, 53 men's and 48 women's tennis athletes, 169 men's and 256 women's track and field standouts and 86 men's (representing fencing, lacrosse, rifle and pistol, rowing and volleyball) and 183 women's (representing bowling, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, lightweight rowing, rifle and pistol, sand volleyball, synchronized swimming and water polo) at-large athlete

Baseball (17)

Jake Bergren

Alec Crawford

Matt Halloran 

Kevin Kray  

Ty McDevitt 

Ben Meyer

Dan Motl

Dan Olinger

Dalton Sawyer

Chris Schaaf 

Connor Schaefbauer

Tony Skjefte 

Jordan Smith

Matt Stemper

Mark Tatera

Lance Thonvold

Troy Traxler

Men's Golf (4)

Jon DuToit

Alex Gaugert 

Tyler Lowenstein

Jon Trasamar 

Men's Tennis (6)

Mathieu Froment 

Eric Frueh

Jack Hamburg

Tucker Saxon 

Leandro Toledo

Ruben Weber

Men's Track and Field (19)

Aaron Bartnik

Alex Brend

Jacob Capek

Jeffrey Cottrell

Jamie Crum

Blayne Dulian

Ben Holcomb

Dominique Howard

Mark Jennings

Matthew Jergenson

Troy Koivisto

Jon Lehman

Bob Nicolls

Danny Schiller

Zach Siegmeier

Viktor Stelter

Steve Sulkin

Josh Thorson

Adam Zutz

Softball (11)

Bree Blanchette

Sydney Fabian

Hannah Granger

Kelsey Klucas

Brandi McGregor

Erica Meyer

Sara Moulton 

Kaitlyn Richardson

Erika Smyth 

Tyler Walker 

Kayla Wenner

Women's Golf (5)

Alexandra Buska                 

Carmen Laguna

Anna Laorr

Taylor Quinn 

Sarinee Thitiratanakorn

Women's Ice Hockey (7)

Rachael Bona 

Hannah Brandt 

Bethany Brausen 

Baylee Gillanders

Rachel Ramsey

Shyler Sletta

Kelly Terry 

Rowing (23)

Tabitha Andelin

Kylie Andersen 

Armonia Balch 

Elisabeth Bott 

Rebecca Braak

Sylvia Coleman 

Jessica Flakne

Taylor Gainey

Lynn Hodnett 

Ellen Hughes

Madison Koch 

Jen Kohl

Nicolette Marquardt

Kjerstin Meyer

Chelsea Miller

Erica Revering

Rachael Rogers

Sara Scarbro 

Kersten Schwanz 

Sarah Sobek 

Mari Sundbo 

Amy VanHeel

Katherine Windsor

Women's Tennis (6)

Tereza Brichacova

Julia Courter

Pauline Gilbert

Natallia Pintusava 

Paula Rincon Otero

Yuliana Umanets

Women's Track and Field (37)

Te'Shon Adderley 

Abby Anderson

Alex Beckman 

Amanda Beckman 

Liz Berkholz 

Maggie Bollig 

Alena Brooks 

Kelli Budd 

Ashlie Decker 

Laura Docherty 

Rachel Drake 

Becca Dyson

Megan Geyen

Cami Gilson

Angie Guenther

Erin Hawkins

Jess Herauf

Katie Hill 

Jillian Johnson

Kailee Kamps

Molly Kayfes

Leighton Lerum 

Katie Loberg  

Rachel Melum 

Taylor Mikkalson 

Kaitlin Mincke 

Katie Moraczewski 

Katie Murgic 

Cassy Opitz 

Madison Smith 

Stephanie Solfelt

Devin Stanford

Lyndsey Thorpe

Kaila Urick

Jamie Vandenberg

Jessica Waldvogel

Audra Winter



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