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    IU Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at Spirit of Indiana Showcase

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sara Olson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Sara Olson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 25, 2011

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored its student-athletes at the inaugural Spirit of Indiana Showcase on Monday, April 25 at the Indiana University Auditorium.

    The Showcase honored student-athletes with year-end awards from 2010 and 2011, while introducing The Spirit of Indiana Directors Award, presented by Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. This award is the most prestigious award presented by the department given to two senior student-athletes, which best represent The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. The inaugural award was given to senior quarterback Ben Chappell and senior utility player Sara Olson.

    Chappell completed 302-of-483 passes (62.5 percent) for 3,295 yards with 24 touchdowns, three rushing TDs, nine interceptions, 274.6 yards per game and a 132.5 passing efficiency this season. He set the school's single-season completions, passing yardage and attempts records, and finished second in passing touchdowns, total offense (3,309) and completion percentage.

    "What a great honor," said Chappell. "This truly caught me off guard. I want to thank Mr. Glass and everyone here tonight. I will be watching the football team next season and wish all of you luck. Go Hoosiers!"

    The Bloomington South graduate led the Big Ten in passing yardage, passing yardage per game, completions and attempts, finished third in total offense (275.8), touchdowns and TD-interception ratio, and ended up fourth in points responsible for (13.5). On the national stage, Chappell ranked fourth in attempts, sixth in completions, 12th in passing yardage, 14th in passing yardage per game, tied for 21st in touchdowns, 22nd in total offense and tied for 28th in points responsible.

    Chappell was a quarterfinalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 20), a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of 10 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, selected to the Good Works Team, an ESPN Academic All-District V first team member, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He closed out his career as IU's career leader in completion percentage (61.1), completions (651), attempts (1,066), 300-yard games (9), 250-yard games (13) and 200-yard games (18), ranked second in passing yardage (7,251) and passing touchdowns (45), and finished third in total offense (7,331).

     

     

    Olson, a native of Orland Park, Ill. (Carl Sandburg), is the heart and soul of the Indiana softball team in this, her senior season. She has 24 career home runs to sit in a tie for sixth most in Indiana history. She also has 88 career RBI, which is tied for 10th in the Indiana career list. After serving as one of the top pitchers for the Hoosiers over her first three seasons, this year she has selflessly moved to first base with the addition of All-American pitcher Morgan Melloh and her offensive numbers have gone through the roof. She is second in the Big Ten with a .583 batting average in conference games and leads the conference with a .762 on-base percentage.

    "Wow, what a great night," said Olson. "I did not expect this. It is an honor to receive this award and congratulations to all the other nominees."

    Having to overcome a number of obstacles off the field has not detoured Olson from staying active in the Bloomington community. She has helped with the Boy's and Girl's Club of Bloomington as well as the YMCA locally and the Read Across America campaign. In her hometown of Orland Park, Ill., she has volunteered as a junior high volunteer softball coach and with her local youth association, just to name a few.

    Monday's showcase also featured the following awards:

    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)
    Sarah Pease, Women's Cross Country
    Amy Cozad, Women's Diving
    Jaclyn Milici, Field Hockey
    Lindsay Gahm, Women's Golf
    Ellie Benson, Rowing
    Carly Samp, Women's Soccer
    Cassie Gogreve, Softball
    Ashley Jones, Women's Swimming
    Katya Zapadalova, Women's Tennis
    Stephanie Chin, Women's Indoor Track & Field
    Vera Neuenswander, Women's Outdoor Track & Field
    Taylor Wittmer, Volleyball
    Nicole Redder, Water Polo

    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)
    Vera Neuenswander, Women's Track and Field

    Jack D. Tichenor Award (which is given to a male and female student-athlete with the highest grade point average across all sports)
    Breanne Ehrman, Women's Cross Country
    Tyler McCarroll, Men's Soccer

    2010 IU Athletes of the Year (which recognizes the dedication, character and on-field excellence that represents the best values and traditions of Indiana University Athletics)
    Molly Beckwith, Women's Track and Field
    Kateryna Fesenko, Women's Swimming
    Alex Dickerson, Baseball
    Derek Drouin, Men's Track and Field

    IU Sportsmanship Award (which recognizes student-athletes from each sport for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship in their respective sport throughout the year)
    Whitney Lindsay, Women's Basketball
    Brian Lambert, Baseball
    Andy Bayer, Men's Cross Country
    Samantha Ginther, Women's Cross Country
    Darian Schmidt, Men's Diving
    Heidi Mahnken, Women's Diving
    Jaclyn Milici, Field Hockey
    Terrance Turner, Football
    Devin Pipkin, Men's Indoor Track
    Kristen Crawford, Women's Indoor Track
    David Erdy, Men's Golf
    Kristtini Cain, Women's Golf
    Derek Messmer, Men's Outdoor Track
    Emma Kimoto, Women's Outdoor Track
    Cara Donley, Rowing
    Jocelyn Moses, Women's Soccer
    Caleb Konstanski, Men's Soccer
    Sara Olson, Softball
    Kayla Fujimoto, Women's Tennis
    Stephen Vogl, Men's Tennis
    Andrew Taylor, Men's Swimming
    Brittany Barwegen, Women's Swimming
    Taylor Wittmer, Volleyball
    Paul Young, Wrestling
    Kory Barnett, Men's Basketball

    Hoosier Award (which recognizes a student-athlete for brining honor and distinction to Indiana University in their respective sport during the academic year)
    Brian Lambert, Baseball
    Jordan Hulls, Men's Basketball
    Jori Davis , Women's basketball
    Andrew Poore, Men's Cross Country
    Erica Ridderman, Women's Cross Country
    Darian Schmidt, Men's Diving
    Laura Ryan, Women's Diving
    Brenna Moeljadi, Field Hockey
    Ben Chappell, Football
    Chase Wright, Men's Golf
    Lindsay Gahm, Women's Golf
    Derek Drouin, Men's Indoor Track
    Emma Kimoto, Women's Indoor Track
    Kind Butler, Men's Outdoor Track
    Vera Neuenswander, Women's Outdoor Track
    Kathryn Laine, Rowing
    Will Bruin, Men's Soccer
    Ciersten Burks, Women's Soccer
    Morgan Melloh, Softball
    Eric Res, Men's Swimming
    Brittany Barwegen, Women's Swimming
    Jeremy Langer, Men's Tennis
    Leslie Hureau, Women's Tennis
    Taylor Wittmer, Volleyball
    Lauren Wyckoff, Water Polo
    Matt Powless, Wrestling

    Jake Gimbel Award (which recognizes a male student-athlete for his outstanding mental attitude and distinguished performances in athletics and academics)
    Ricky Alcala, Wrestling

    CHAMPS Champ Team Award (which is a competition between all Indiana University varsity athletics teams designed to encourage participation in the C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills programs, attendance at other teams' events, and community service while awarding academic success)
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    2010 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (which is recognized by the Big Ten Conference for maintaining at least a 3.7 grade point average for the previous academic year)
    Kristin Arnold, Women's Soccer
    Andy Bayer, Men's Track & Field
    Ellie Benson, Women's Rowing
    Chelsea Blanchard, Women's Track & Field
    Nicholas Blevins, Men's Soccer
    Jessica Boots, Women's Soccer
    Ben Chappell, Football
    Kelsey Duerksen, Women's Track & Field
    Breanne Ehrman, Women's Track & Field
    Margaux Farrell, Women's Swimming & Diving
    Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis
    Morgan Fleetwood, Field Hockey
    Haley Funk, Field Hockey
    Maria Guerreiro, Women's Tennis
    Brittney Hacken, Field Hockey
    Darby Hannon, Women's Soccer
    Lucy Ireland, Field Hockey
    Emily Kasavana, Women's Rowing
    Kristin King, Softball
    Kelsey Kiper, Field Hockey
    Heidi Mahnken, Women's Swimming & Diving
    Charlotte Martin, Women's Tennis
    Andrea Wensits, Women's Basketball
    Jocelyn Moses, Women's Soccer
    Mutsa Mutembwa, Field Hockey
    Sara Olson, Softball
    Paul Park, Men's Golf
    Sarah Pease, Women's Track & Field
    Tyler Replogle, Football
    Brian Ritz, Baseball
    Jaclyn Riedel, Rowing
    Faith Sherrill, Women's Track & Field
    Donna Smailis, Women's Swimming & Diving
    Myriam Sopel, Women's Tennis
    Shifumi Terasaka, Rowing
    Whitney Thomas, Volleyball
    Tyler McCarroll, Men's Soccer

    Big Ten Athletes of the Year (2010 and 2011)
    2010 Outdoor Track and Field
    Derek Drouin, Field Athlete of the Year
    Faith Sherrill, Field Athlete of the Year

    2010 Baseball
    Alex Dickerson, Player of the Year

    2011 Men's Soccer
    Will Bruin, Player of the Year

    2011 Men's Swimming
    Eric Ress, Swimmer of the Year

    2011 Indoor Track and Field
    Derek Drouin, Field Athlete of the Year
    Faith Sherrill, Field Athlete of the Year

    2010 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (which is recognized by the Capital One Academic All-America Program and IU for student-athletes' consistent academic excellence and athletic achievement)
    Wendi Robinson, Women's Track and Field/Cross Country
    Emily Kasavana, Rowing
    Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis

    2011 Scholastic Achievement Award (which is given to a student-athlete with the highest grade point average from their respective sport)
    Andrew Bayer, Men's Track and Field
    Chelsea Blanchard, Women's Track and Field
    Kelsey Campbell, Water Polo
    Breanne Ehrman, Women's Cross Country
    Jordan Haverly, Volleyball
    William Kendall, Men's Tennis
    Andrea McGuirt, Women's Basketball
    David Piercy, Men's Diving
    Tyler Replogle, Football
    Myriam Sopel, Women' Tennis
    Samantha Berenter, Softball
    Margaux Farrell, Women's Swimming
    Heidi Mahnken, Women's Diving
    Daniel Moore, Men's Basketball
    Eric Ress, Men's Swimming
    Brian Ritz, Baseball
    David Erdy, Men's Golf
    Morgan Fleetwood, Field Hockey
    Darby Hannon, Women's Soccer
    Tyler McCarroll, Men's Soccer
    Matt Powless, Wrestling
    Jaclyn Riedel, Rowing
    Andrew Weatherford, Men's Cross Country


       

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