July 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Athletics boasts 40 student-athletes on the inaugural Big Ten Distinguished Scholar list, including eight Hoosiers that achieved a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) during the 2008-09 school year. The Big Ten Conference recognizes a total of 498 student-athletes from every institution and 32 different sports who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.7 of higher.
NCAA diving champion Christina Loukas and NCAA pole vault runner-up Vera Neuenswander highlight IU's list of honorees, which includes two ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in golfer Drew Allenspach and rower Emily Kasavana.
In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a new conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the new award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for their academic career.
List of Hoosiers honored:
Drew Allenspach, Men's Golf, Sr., Accounting/Finance, Sugar Land, Texas
Kristin Arnold, Women's Soccer, Jr., English Education, Beavercreek, Ohio
Alba Berdala, Women's Tennis, Sr., Telecommunications, Gerona, Spain
Kelsey Campbell, Water Polo, So., Business Entrepreneurship, Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada
MacKenzie Cutter, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Exercise Science, Brownstown, Ind.
Julie DiNallo, Softball, Sr., Psychology, Kentwood, Mich.
Paul Fearnow, Men's Track & Field, Sr., Communications & Culture, Elkhart, Ind.
Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis, Jr., Exercise Science, Adelaide, Australia
Sigrid Fischer, Women's Tennis, Sr., Journalism, Eisenberg, Germany
Brett Finkelmeier, Men's Basketball, Jr., Finance, Carmel, Ind.
Britney Freiberger, Women's Track & Field, Sr., Exercise Science, Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Courtney Freiberger, Women's Track & Field, Sr., Exercise Science, Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Maria Guerreiro, Women's Tennis, So., Business, Lisbon, Portugal
Brittney Hacken, Field Hockey, Jr., Biology, Mountain Top, Pa.
Darby Hannon, Women's Soccer, So., Biology, Bloomington, Ind.
Stephanie Heller, Women's Tennis, Sr., Elementary Special Education, Northbrook, Ill.
Caitlin Heyman, Women's Swimming & Diving, Sr., Elementary Education, Nashville, Tenn.
Lucy Ireland, Field Hockey, Jr., Journalism, Chapel Hill, N.C
Amber Jackson, Women's Basketball, Sr., General Studies, Yokosuka, Japan
Ashley Johnson, Women's Rowing, Sr., Information Systems, Alpharetta, Ga.
Emily Kasavana, Women's Rowing, Jr., Business Economic Consulting, Williamston, Mich.
Kelsey Kiper, Field Hockey, So., Criminal Justice, Louisville, Ky.
Justin Kuhn, Wrestling, Jr., Arabic/International Studies, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jenny Kulow, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Biology, Nashville, Ind.
Caity Lauer, Women's Track & Field, Sr., Elementary Special Education, South Bend, Ind.
Christina Loukas, Women's Swimming & Diving, Sr., Exercise Science, Riverwoods, Ill.
Heidi Mahnken, Women's Swimming & Diving, So., Exercise Science, Springfield, Mo.
Tyler McCarroll, Men's Soccer, So., Biology, Carmel, Ind.
Mutsa Mutembwa, Field Hockey, So., Mathematics/Economics, Harare, Zimbabwe
Vera Neuenswander, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Social Studies Education, Jefferson City, Mo.
Meghan O'Connell, Field Hockey, Jr., Exercise Science, St. Louis, Mo.
Paul Park, Men's Golf, So., Finance, Wayne, N.J.
Michael Reiter, Football, Sr., Exercise Science, Chesterfield, Mo.
Wendi Robinson, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Exercise Science, Danville, Ind.
Ofori Sarkodie, Men's Soccer, Jr., Exercise Science, Huber Heights, Ohio
Faith Sherrill, Women's Track & Field, Jr., Elementary Education, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Myriam Sopel, Women's Tennis, So., Journalism, Longnes, France
Susan Swepston, Women's Soccer, So., Finance, Dublin, Ohio
Kristina Trcka, Women's Track & Field, Sr., English, Goshen, Ind.
Lauren Wyckoff, Water Polo, So., Sports Communications, Los Altos, Calif.
*Bold denotes student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA.