Record 70 Student-Athletes Earn Winter Academic All-Big Ten Honors

It’s been a stellar year for Penn State student-athletes, and the university announced another milestone this afternoon. A Penn State record 70 student-athletes from a combined eight winter sports teams were given Academic All-Big Ten honors. That breaks Penn State’s previous record of 65 set last year.

After a record-breaking fall semester, 142 Penn State student-athletes have been named to academic all-conference teams this year. A 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and letterwinner status are required to be named an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Cael Sanderson’s wrestling team had seven wresters earn spots on Academic All-Big Ten teams, including national champion Matt Brown. Kevin Montminy, a Schreyer Honors College scholar, was the lone selection from the men’s basketball team. Women’s swimming and diving earned the most selections, with 19 All-Big Ten scholars. With 17 selections, men’s hockey had the most of any men’s sport.

Members of the men’s and women’s fencing and women’s ice hockey teams are factored into the spring category later this year. The Big Ten recognized 735 student-athletes to Academic All-Conference teams for winter sports participants.

In the fall semester, a resounding 500 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and Penn State’s varsity fall sports participants boasted a 3.08 average GPA.

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