March 28, 2012
The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 615 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 41 men’s and 62 women’s basketball players, 57 men’s and 50 women’s gymnasts, 105 men’s and 221 women’s swimmers and divers and 79 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 three of these student-athletes have maintained unblemished GPAs. Minnesota men’s gymnast Nathan Fortunato (So., Recreation Resource Management), Purdue women’s basketball player Chelsea Jones (Sr., Biology) and Nebraska wrestler Tucker Lane (Gr., Graduate Studies) boast cumulative 4.0 GPAs.
Including Fortunato, 13 Golden Gopher men's gymnasts were included on the Winter Academic All-Big Ten list. This is more than any other men's gymnastics team in the Big Ten.
"It's a real pleasure to have so many of our guys named to the Academic All-Big Ten team this year," head coach Mike Burns
said. "We put a lot of emphasis on academic success here in the men's gymnastics program, and it's nice to be recognized for a job well done. The fact that we have more Academic All-Big Ten team members than any other gymnastics team in the coference is a real tribute to the hard work each of these guys puts in in the classroom. It's great to know our guys are taking care of business when it comes to their school work."
Student-Athlete, Yr., Major
Steffen Beck, So., Undeclared
Ross Cameratta, Sr., Inter-College Program
Zack Chase, So., Undeclared
Russell Dabritz, Sr., Food Science
Nathan Fortunato, So., Recreation Resource Management
Matt Frey, So., Biology, Society and Environment
Travis Heaver, Sr., Electrical Engineering
Adam Kern, So., Undeclared
Jesse Moravec, Jr., Linguistics
Justin Morinishi, So., Electrical Engineering
DJ Repp, Sr., Health and Wellness
John Scallon, So., Undeclared
Josh Wokurka, JR., Sports Management
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.