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    Indiana Athletics Celebrates Student-Athletes with Spirit of Indiana Showcase

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass with the Director's Award winners Ciersten Burks and Jordan Hulls at the conclusion of the Spirit of Indiana Showcase.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass with the Director's Award winners Ciersten Burks and Jordan Hulls at the conclusion of the Spirit of Indiana Showcase.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 22, 2013

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored its student-athletes at the third annual Spirit of Indiana Showcase on Monday, April 22, at the Indiana University Auditorium.

    The Showcase honored student-athletes with year-end awards from 2012 and 2013, while introducing the winners of the 2013 Spirit of Indiana Director's Award, presented by Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. This award is the most prestigious award presented by the department and is given to two senior student-athletes, which best represent The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. This year's award was given to senior guard Jordan Hulls (Men's Basketball) and senior defender Ciersten Burks (Women's Soccer).

    "Ciersten and Jordan are the embodiment of The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team," said Glass. "They are each outstanding students, athletes, leaders, teammates and citizens. We couldn't be prouder to have these two win our highest honor, the Director's Award."

    Burks, a native of Indianapolis, played in 68 games during her four years on the pitch for the Hoosiers, and was in the starting lineup for 47 of those games. She began her career as a forward but switched to a defender for her final two seasons and was a stalwart there. She had two assists as a sophomore, the only two points of her career, but she helped the IU defense pitch eight shutouts over the last two years.

    She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Burks will graduate in May with a B.A. in Biology and minors in Spanish and Chemistry. She will begin Medical School in the fall in Indianapolis.

    "These past four years are ones that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world," said Burks. "I want to thank my teammates for all you have done for me and being my best friends on and off the field. I'm just so proud and thankful to be standing up here right now."

    Hulls, a native of Bloomington, was the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner and has been recognized as an Academic All-American, and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. After completing his bachelor of science in kinesiology in three years, he will complete his athletic administration master's program in August.

    A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Hulls ranked second in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage at 45 percent. He helped lead the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen's for the first time since 1994 and the program's first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993. Indiana finished the 2012-13 regular season ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hulls has played more games than any other player in Indiana University history, passing the 133-game record held by Randy Wittman and Jeff Newton.

    "The first two years were a struggle, but the last two years made it worth fighting for this program," said Hulls. "Thank you to everyone for supporting this program through those tough times. It's been an honor to play for Indiana University and I'll always be a Hoosier at heart."

    Monday's Showcase also featured the following awards:

    Best Performance: Derek Drouin - winning a bronze medal in the high jump at the 2012 London Olympics

    Best Comeback: Men's Soccer coming back from a 1-0 deficit at Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament

    Best Upset: Women's Basketball's last second upset of Purdue in Assembly and Zach Mayhew winning the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country title against a tough Wisconsin team

    Anita Aldrich Leadership Award (which recognizes a female student-athlete for best exemplifying Anita Aldrich's ideals of leadership, scholastic achievement and athletic ability among all female student-athletes):
    Leslie Hureau, Women's Tennis

    Jack D. Tichenor Award (which is given to a male and female student-athlete with the highest grade point average across all sports):
    Kelsey Brannon, Softball
    Dimitrije Tasic, Men's Tennis

    Big Ten Medal of Honor:
    Luis Soffner, Men's Soccer
    Amy Cozad, Women's Diving

    CHAMPS Champ Team Award (which is a competition between all Indiana University varsity athletics teams designed to encourage participation in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, attendance at other teams' events and community service, while award academic success):
    Rowing

    Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award (which recognizes female student-athletes for their mental attitude and distinguished performance in athletics and academics on their respective team):
    Nicole Bell, Women's Basketball
    Molly Winters, Women's Cross Country
    Hannah Boyer, Field Hockey
    Pamela Burneski, Women's Golf
    Lindsey Barber, Rowing
    Molly Buynak, Women's Soccer
    Shannon Cawley, Softball
    Lindsay Vrooman, Women's Swimming
    Cassidy Kahn, Women's Diving
    Sarah Maxson, Women's Track and Field
    Samantha Thrower, Volleyball
    Meghan Lappan, Water Polo

    IU Sportsmanship Award (which recognizes student-athletes from each sport for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship in their respective sport throughout the year):
    Mike Basil, Baseball
    Meaghan Murphy, Softball
    Derek Elston, Men's Basketball
    Linda Rubene, Women's Basketball
    Adam Behnke, Men's Cross Country
    Molly Hirt, Women's Cross Country
    Nicholas Sliger, Football
    Maggie Olson, Field Hockey
    Jade Henderson, Volleyball
    Brant Peaper, Men's Golf
    Elizabeth Tong, Women's Golf
    Harrison Petts, Men's Soccer
    Lisa Nouanesengsy, Women's Soccer
    Ryan Downey, Men's Swimming
    Cassidy Kahn, Women's Diving
    Chris Essick, Men's Tennis
    Katie Klyczek, Women's Tennis
    Lance Roller, Men's Track and Field
    Derek Messmer, Men's Track and Field
    Courtney Woodard, Women's Track and Field
    Sydney Clute, Women's Track and Field
    Olivia Gugliemotto, Rowing
    Amanda Redfern, Water Polo
    Ryan LeBlanc, Wrestling

    Hoosier Award (which recognizes a student-athlete for bringing honor and distinction to Indiana University in their representative sport during the academic year):
    Trace Knoblauch, Baseball
    Amanda Wagner, Softball
    Christian Watford, Men's Basketball
    Sasha Chaplin, Women's Basketball
    Robby Nierman, Men's Cross Country
    Kelsey Duerksen, Women's Cross Country
    Will Matte, Football
    Morgan Fleetwood, Field Hockey
    Corey Ziedonis, Men's Golf
    Elizabeth Tong, Women's Golf
    Caleb Konstanski, Men's Soccer
    Ciersten Burks, Women's Soccer
    Cody Miller, Men's Swimming
    Lindsay Vrooman, Women's Swimming
    George Andrews, Men's Diving
    Kate Hillman, Women's Diving
    Alek Davila, Men's Tennis
    Leslie Hureau, Women's Tennis
    Zach Mayhew, Men's Track and Field
    Derek Drouin, Men's Track and Field
    Kyla Buckley, Women's Track and Field
    Samantha Ginther, Women's Track and Field
    Megan Van Pelt, Rowing
    Whitney Granado, Volleyball
    Shae Fournier, Water Polo
    Adam Chalfant, Wrestling

    Big Ten Athletes of the Year: Eriq Zavaleta, Player of the Year, Men's Soccer
    Lindsay Vrooman, Swimmer of the Year, Women's Swimming
    Darian Schmidt, Diver of the Year, Men's Diving
    Cody Miller, Swimmer of the Championships, Men's Swimming
    Zach Mayhew, Athlete of the Year, Men's Cross Country
    Derek Drouin, Field Athlete of the Year, Men's Indoor Track & Field and Field Athlete of the Championships, Men's Outdoor Track & Field

    Co-SIDA and Capital One Academic All-Americans:
    Adam Replogle, Football
    Jordan Hulls, Men's Basketball
    Cody Zeller, Men's Basketball
    Andy Bayer, Men's Track and Field
    Chelsea Blanchard, Women's Track and Field

    2012 and 2013 All-Americans:
    Men's Basketball
    Victor Oladipo
    Cody Zeller

    Men's Cross Country
    Zach Mayhew

    Field Hockey
    Morgan Fleetwood

    Indoor Track and Field
    Andy Bayer
    Kyla Buckley
    Derek Drouin
    Rorey Hunter
    Zach Mayhew
    Nathan Pierre-Louis
    Lance Roller

    Outdoor Track and Field
    Andy Bayer
    Kyla Buckley
    Kind Butler
    Adrien Dannemiller
    Derek Drouin
    Emma Kimoto
    Zach Mayhew
    Olumide Olamigoke
    Rex Parker
    Andrew Poore
    De'Sean Turner

    Rowing
    Asja Zero

    Men's Soccer
    Eriq Zavaleta

    Men's Swimming and Diving
    Cody Miller
    Conor Murphy
    Eric Ress
    Darian Schmidt
    Steve Schmuhl
    James Wells
    Emad Abdelatif
    Jim Barbiere
    Matt Gerth
    Daniel Kanorr
    Tanner Kurz
    Sam Trahin

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    Amy Cozad
    Brooklynn Snodgrass
    Lindsay Vrooman
    Haley Lips
    Cynthia Pammett
    Bronwyn Pasloski
    Justine Ress
    Ashley Specht
    Dorina Szekeres

    Water Polo
    Shae Fournier
    Cassie Wyckoff

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