May 29, 2013
University of Minnesota student-athletes capped off a terrific year, as 167 individuals were placed on the Spring 2013 Academic All-Big Ten Teams. Minnesota improved its total by 18 student-athletes from last year when it placed 149 individuals on the list and by 44 student-athletes from 2011 when 123 individuals were recognized.
Minnesota competes in nine spring sports: baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, softball and rowing. Men's and women's ice hockey are also included in the Spring Academic All-Big Ten listings as at-large sports.
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 (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Two Gophers – softball’s Erica Meyer and women’s track and field Kathryn Ritter – have a perfect GPA.
Minnesota's track & field teams totaled 75 total honorees, with the women's squad accounting for 45 honorees and the men's program boasting 30.
Other notable academic performances on the men's side were turned in by the baseball team, which placed 17 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten team, the hockey team, which had 11 honorees, and the tennis team, which had five of its student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors.
On the women's side, the rowing program and national championship hockey team both reached double figures with 24 and 12 honorees, respectively. The tennis team placed seven on the list, while the golf team had five individuals recognized.
The Big Ten Spring Academic All-Big Ten Conference Team recognized the athletic and academic excellence of 1,280 spring and at-large sports student-athletes.
The list of honored student-athletes features 100 baseball players, 94 softball players, 147 women’s rowers, 46 men’s and 52 women’s golfers, 47 men’s and 46 women’s tennis athletes, 182 men’s and 241 women’s track and field standouts and 157 men’s (representing ice hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, fencing, rowing and pistol and rifle) and 168 women’s (representing bowling, water polo, ice hockey, fencing, sand volleyball, synchronized swimming, lightweight rowing, lacrosse and pistol and rifle) at-large athletes.
Men's Track & Field (30)
Women's Rowing (24)
Women's Track & Field (45)
* Student athletes with 4.0 GPAs indicated in Bold.
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