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    Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners Announced

    Go Hoosiers! Ben Chappell is Indiana's male recipient of the 2011 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Ben Chappell is Indiana's male recipient of the 2011 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
    Go Hoosiers!

    June 8, 2011

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. -

    The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the 2011 Medal of Honor winners. The award was established in 1914 when the Big Ten endowed a Medal of Honor to be given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. In 1982, the Medal of Honor was expanded to include a senior female athlete from each institution.

    Quarterback Ben Chappell and pole vaulter Vera Neuenswander were selected as Indiana's award winners. Chappell recently completed his career at IU as the school's career leader in pass attempts, pass completions and completion percentage. He led the team in total offense for the second-straight year with 3,295 yards, including a school-record 475 yards vs. Michigan. His 7,251 career passing yards ranks second on the IU all-time list.

    Neunswander is the third seed in the pole vault at this week's NCAA Track and Field Championships. She won the 2011 Big Ten title in the pole vault, clearing 14-3.5 to tie the all-time Big Ten outdoor record and set a new meet record.

    This year, 22 student-athletes, representing 14 sports, have been chosen for the Medal of Honor. Twenty-one of this year’s honorees earned Academic All-Big Ten status, while 16 of the recipients were named All-Big Ten selections.

    The 2011 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners are listed below.

    Scott Langley, Men’s Golf
    Hillary Haen, Women’s Volleyball

    Ben Chappell, Football
    Vera Neuenswander, Women’s Track & Field

    Julian Vandervelde, Football
    Bethany Praska, Women’s Track & Field

    Carl Hagelin, Men’s Ice Hockey
    Sarah Curtis, Women’s Gymnastics

    Michigan State
    Brandon Eckerle, Baseball
    Aimee Neff, Women’s Golf

    Mike Thorn, Wrestling
    Kaylee Jamison, Women’s Swimming & Diving

    Matt Eliason, Men’s Soccer
    Maria Mosolova, Women’s Tennis

    Ohio State
    Steven Kehoe, Men’s Volleyball
    Cassie Dickerson, Women’s Soccer

    Penn State
    Stefen Wisniewski, Football
    Jessica Babcock, Women’s Track & Field

    Kyle Adams, Football
    Allie Smith, Women’s Swimming & Diving

    Gabe Carimi, Football
    Maggie Meyer, Women’s Swimming & Diving



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