Farrell, Roth Named Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners
June 7, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana seniors Margaux Farrell and Matt Roth were selected Big Ten Medal of Honor winners, announced by the conference on Thursday, June 7. One of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work."
The 2012 Medal of Honor was awarded to 24 honorees from 13 different sports. The 12 institutions of the Big Ten Conference feature nearly 10,000 student-athletes, more than any other conference, and only 24 of those individuals are recognized each year with the Big Ten Medal of Honor. In the 98 years of the Medal of Honor, just over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
Farrell, a native of Woodbridge, Conn., is an 11-time All-American and two-year captain for the IU swimming team. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Farrell was named the 2012 winner of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship and has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. She earned her degree in journalism with a psychology minor in May. In March, Farrell earned a spot on the 2012 French Olympic Team and will compete at the Games this summer in London.
As a freshman in 2009, Farrell helped lead Indiana to a Big Ten team title by finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle at the Big Ten meet, while winning a Big Ten title in the 400 freestyle relay. Her sophomore year the Hoosiers won another Big Ten title behind her victory in the 200 freestyle, second-place finish in the 100 freestyle and Big Ten title in the 400 freestyle relay. As a junior Farrell led Indiana to its third-straight Big Ten Championship, winning a conference title in the 800 freestyle relay and placing third in the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
Farrell capped off her IU career in 2012 with a Big Ten title in the 800 freestyle relay, fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle and seventh-place finish in the 100 freestyle. She leaves Indiana as the school record holder in the 100 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, and has top-five times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Roth led the Big Ten in shooting from the 3-point line at 54.5 percent on the year and 59.2 percent in league contests during his senior campaign. His 3-point percentage was the second-best ever at Indiana and his league percentage set a new IU record. Roth is tied for 10th all-time in career 3-point field goal percentage (41.4 percent) at Indiana.
The success of his senior season culminated into Indiana making its 36th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which marks the sixth most in the event's history and the most among Big Ten members. The Hoosiers tallied a 27-9 overall mark and made their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 2002 and just the second berth into the round of 16 since 1995.
The Washington, Ill., native is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned his master's in athletic administration in the spring, after receiving his bachelor's in sport communication and broadcasting last season.
The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution. In 2014, the conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award.
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