72 Fall Student-Athletes Selected as Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
For years, Penn State has been known for its student-athletes’ performance in the classroom. The tradition continued this semester, as 72 Nittany Lions have been honored by the Big Ten for their performance off the field during the fall sport season.
The football team led the way with 20 honorees, and the men’s soccer team followed close behind with 14 honorees. The field hockey team had 12 athletes honored, the women’s soccer team had 10, the women’s volleyball and women’s cross country teams each had six, and the men’s cross country team rounded out the list with four honorees.
According to the Big Ten, to be eligible for selection, athletes must “be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.”
Kathleen Rodden, of the women’s cross country team, was specially honored by the Big Ten for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her career.
Here’s the full list of athletes honored:
Field Hockey: Katherine Andrews, Sarah Bates, Katilynn Breneman, Natalie Buttinger, Carly Celkos, Jenna Chrismer, Amanda Dinunzio, Emilee Ehret, Laura Gebhart, Kirsten Gochnauer, Lauren Herold, Haley Kerstetter
Football: Bradley Bars, Kyle Carter, Parker Cothren, Jesse Della Valle, George Miles Dieffenbach, Jordan Dudas, Samuel Ficken, Brian Gaia, Christopher Gulla, Albert Hall, Daesean Hamilton, Michael Hull, Ryan Keiser, Angelo Mangiro, Carl Nassib, David Nelson, Deron Thompson, Von Walker, Tyler Yazujian, Matthew Zanellato
Men’s Cross Country: Glen Burkhardt, Robert Creese, Ean DiSilvio, Matthew Fischer
Women’s Cross Country: Stephanie Aldrich, Leigha Anderson, Abigail Benson, Lauren Mills, Kathleen Rodden, Cara Ulizio
Men’s Soccer: Samuel Bollinger, Eli Dennis, Andrew Falk, Evan Finney, Michael Gonzalez, Christian Kaschak, Mason Klerks, Drew Klingenberg, Kyle MacDonald, Michael Robinson, Daniel Sheerin, Mark Wadid, Andrew Wolverton
Women’s Soccer: Brittany Basinger, Kori Chapic, Antoinette Chase, Britt Eckerstrom, Emily Hurd, Meghan Kaminski, Kindrah Kohne, Mallory Peterson, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, Mallory Weber, Angela Widlacki
Women’s Volleyball: Megan Courtney, Lacey Fuller, Nia Grant, Taylor Krause, Carley Muller, Kendall Pierce
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The Nittany Lions moved up one spot following their 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
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