Gophers Earn 59 Spots on Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Go Gophers! All-Big Ten outside hitter Ashley Wittman was one of 59 Gophers to earn Academic All-Big Ten.
Go Gophers!
All-Big Ten outside hitter Ashley Wittman was one of 59 Gophers to earn Academic All-Big Ten.
Go Gophers!

Dec. 7, 2011

A total of 59 University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned spots on the Big Ten's 2011 fall Academic All-Big Ten teams, conference officials announced today.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners 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 fall sports include men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer and women's volleyball.

Football boasted 18 members on the all-academic team. Linebackers Keanon Cooper and Mike Rallis were the defensive headliners of the group, while the offensive was represented by four linemen - Jimmy Gjere, Ed Olson, Ryan Orton and Ryan Wynn.

Women's cross country registered the highest number of honorees with 21. The list represents 50 percent of the eligible women's cross country student-athletes, including All-Big Ten and All-Regional performer Stephanie Price and All-Regional selection Ashlie Decker.

Women's soccer continued their superior run of academic form this fall with 10 student-athletes earning all-academic honors. Second team All-Big Ten defender Josie Solie and All-Big Ten Tournament Team midfielder Shari Eckstromheadlined the list.

The women's volleyball team was also well represented with six players receiving spots on the all-academic team, including first team All-Big Ten outside hitter Ashley Wittman. Wittman, an NCAA All-Mideast Region selection, recently helped the Gophers advance to this weekend's NCAA Regional, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.

Men's cross country had four student-athletes named to the all-academic team, lead by senior Pieter Gagnon, who posted top-20 finishes at both the Big Ten Championship and the Midwest Championships.

The complete list of Minnesota's Fall 2011 Academic All-Big Ten selections is below:

FOOTBALL (18)
Name, Yr., Major, Hometown
Cameron Botticelli, Jr., Business and Marketing Education, Milwaukee, Wis.
Chase Haviland, Sr., Journalism, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Keanon Cooper, Sr., Kinesiology, Dallas, Texas
Jimmy Gjere, So., Undeclared, New Brighton, Minn.
Mike Henry, So., Business and Marketing Education, Mahtomedi, Minn.
Aaron Hill, Jr., Kinesiology, St. Charles, Mo.
Bryan Klitzke, Gr., Political Science, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Adam Lueck, Sr., Economics/Finance, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Collin McGarry, Sr., Business and Marketing Education, Stillwater, Minn.
Ed Olson, So., Business and Marketing Education, Mahtomedi, Minn.
Ryan Orton, Sr., Applied Economics, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Mike Rallis, Jr., Marketing, Edina, Minn.
Shady Salamon, Sr., Business and Marketing Education, St. Paul, Minn.
Pat Sveum, Jr., Civil Engineering, Rochester, Minn.
Jordan Wettstein, Jr., Accounting, De Pere, Wis.
Ryan Wynn, Sr., Italian Studies, Plymouth, Minn.
Austin Hahn, Jr., Child Psychology, Hartford, Wis.
David Schwerman, Sr., Accounting, Kettle Moraine, Wis.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (4)
Name, Yr., Major, Hometown
Pieter Gagnon, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn.
Sean Olson, Sr., Finance and Accounting, Menomonie, Wis.
Steven Sulkin, Jr., Mathematics, Elmhurst, Ill.
Matt Volz, Sr., Civil Engineering, Lakeville, Minn.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (21)
Name, Yr., Major, Hometown
Maggie Bollig, Jr., Psychology, Cross Plains, Wis.
Kendall Cederstrom, Sr., Speech Language Hearing Sciences, Woodbury, Minn.
Ashlie Decker, So., Undeclared, Des Moines, Iowa
Laura Docherty, Jr., Business and Marketing Education, St. Paul, Minn.
Rachel Drake, Jr., Spanish Studies, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Jaclyn Edmonds, Sr., Biochemistry, Eau Claire, Wis.
Emily Fowler, Sr., Nutrition, Middleton, Wis.
Molly Kayfes, So., Undeclared, Maple Grove, Minn.
Laura Koch, Sr., Child Psychology, Waukesha, Wis.
Mikaya Larson, Sr., Chemistry, Edina, Minn.
Danielle LeBreck, Sr., Spanish Studies, Cary, Ill.
Jenna Lewein, Sr., Asian Languages & Literature, West Allis, Wis.
Taylor Light, Sr., Economics, Minnetonka, Minn.
Katelyn Moraczewski, Jr., Graphic Design, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Cassandra Opitz, Jr., Inter College Program, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Stephanie Price, Sr., Nursing, Mankato, Minn.
Andrea Rediger, Sr., Chemical Engineering, Rockford, Ill.
Claire Rindo, Sr., Family Social Science, Berlin, Wis.
Megan Smith, Sr., Kinesiology, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Annie Talajkowski, Jr., English, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Missa Varpness, Jr., Nutrition, Montevideo, Minn.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (10)
Name, Yr., Major, Hometown
Olivia Bagnall, Jr., Sports Management , Lakeville, Minn.
Lauren Bauer, So., Undeclared, Eagan, Minn.
Steph Brandt, Jr., Biology, Rochester, Minn.
Shari Eckstrom, Sr., Business and Marketing Education, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
MacKenzie Misel, So., Undeclared, Ankeny, Iowa
Cat Parkhill, Sr., Entrepreneurial Management, Apple Valley, Minn.
Allie Phillips, Jr., Biology, Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Marissa Price, Jr., Business and Marketing Education, Apple Valley, Minn.
Katie Roberts-Carlson, Gr., Special Education, Apple Valley, Minn.
Josie Solie, Sr., Inter-College Program , Mahtomedi, Minn.

VOLLEYBALL (6)
Name, Yr., Major, Hometown
Ariana Filho, Sr., Child Psychology , Monument, Colo.
Jessica Granquist, Sr., Marketing , Blaine, Minn.
Brianna Haugen, Jr., Geography , Minneapolis, Minn.
Steffi Sooter, So., Undeclared , Santa Cruz, Calif.
Mia Tabberson, Jr., Psychology , Muncie, Ind.
Ashley Wittman, So., Sport Management , Shakopee, Minn.

Note: Year listed relates to academic standing and does not necessarily reflect year of athletic eligibility.

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