Athletics News
Forty-Seven Illini Named Academic All-Big Ten

March 28, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Forty-seven University of Illinois student-athletes earned winter Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Wednesday. The list includes Illini men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving, and wrestling student-athletes who are in at least their second academic year at Illinois and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Twenty-two Illini women's swimmers and divers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, along with seven men's gymnasts, seven women's gymnasts, six wrestlers, three women's basketball players and two men's basketball players.

Among Illinois' honorees were All-American wrestler B.J. Futrell, Big Ten balance beam champion Kelsey Joannides and All-Big Ten women's gymnasts Joannides, Amber See and Alina Weinstein. Men's basketball player Brandon Paul earned second-team all-district honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and third-team All-Big Ten honors, while teammate Meyers Leonard was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the fall and spring seasons, and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. After 44 Illini were named Academic All-Big Ten in the fall, Illinois now has 91 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.

The complete listing of Illinois' 2012 winter sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is attached.

University of Illinois Winter 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Meyers Leonard, Illinois	So.	Sport Management			Robinson, Ill.
Brandon Paul, Illinois		Jr.	Sport Management			Gurnee, Ill.

Macie Blinn, Illinois		Sr.	Recreation Management			Greenville, Ohio
Kersten Magrum, Illinois	Jr.	Psychology				Mokena, Ill.
Lana Rukavina, Illinois		Sr.	Psychology				Wheeling, Ill.

Kyle Moe, Illinois		Sr.	Agribusiness, Markets & Management	Champaign, Ill.
Yoshi Mori, Illinois		Jr.	Sport Management			Irvine, Calif.
Cameron Rogers, Illinois	So.	Bioengineering				Charlotte, N.C.
Anthony Sacramento, Illinois	Sr.	Kinesiology				Libertyville, Ill.
Cole Smith, Illinois		So.	Sociology				Santa Rosa, Calif.
Jordan Valdez, Illinois		So.	Kinesiology				Louisville, Colo.
Alex Varga, Illinois		So.	Business				Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Sarah Fiedler, Illinois		So.	Business				Lake Zurich, Ill.
Elise Gill, Illinois		Jr.	Industrial Engineering			Afton, Minn.
Kelsey Joannides, Illinois	Sr.	Business				Frederick, Md.
Jaclyn Kantecki, Illinois	Jr.	Psychology				Bridgeview, Ill.
Amber See, Illinois		So.	News-Editorial Journalism		Minnetonka, Minn.
Alina Weinstein, Illinois	Jr.	Communication				Plainsboro, N.J.
Hannah Welker, Illinois		Sr.	Broadcast Journalism			Butler, Pa.

Tessa Adams, Illinois		Jr.	Communication				Plainwell, Mich.
Cara Chuang, Illinois		So.	Bioengineering				Clarksburg, Md.
Sarah Coady, Illinois		Jr.	Mechanical Engineering			Hinsdale, Ill.
Keri Eberhardt, Illinois	Jr.	Integrative Biology			Tinley Park, Ill.
Anne Goering, Illinois		So.	Mechanical Engineering			Fairbanks, Alaska
Rachel Japp Joyce, Illinois	Sr.	Kinesiology				Mokena, Ill.
Kimberly Kalenda, Illinois	Jr.	Finance					Cary, Ill.
Kathleen Knight, Illinois	Jr.	Advertising				Normal, Ill.
Kelly Kunkel, Illinois		Sr.	Elementary Education/Math		Omaha, Neb.
Erin Lamb, Illinois		Jr.	Kinesiology				Naperville, Ill.
Torrey Loper, Illinois		Sr.	Marketing				Scottsdale, Ariz.
Erica Lynn, Illinois		So.	English					Swansea, Ill.
Kristen Manias, Illinois	Sr.	Advertising				Lakeville, Minn.
Darragh McDermott, Illinois	Jr.	English					Mokena, Ill.
Brittany McGowan, Illinois	Sr.	Kinesiology				Beverly Hills, Mich.
April McKee, Illinois		Sr.	Elementary Education/Math		Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Michelle Mehnert, Illinois	Sr.	Civil Engineering			Champaign, Ill.
Alyssa Petruzzello, Illinois	Jr.	English					Champaign, Ill.
Courtney Pope, Illinois		So.	Business				Homer Glen, Ill.
Marin Thompson, Illinois	So.	Economics				Jackson, Wis.
Alyssa Toland, Illinois		So.	i-Health				Mokena, Ill.
Emily Wilkinson, Illinois	So.	Elementary Education			Westmont, Ill.
Emma Williams, Illinois		So.	Speech and Hearing Science		Naperville, Ill.

Adam Acheson, Illinois		So.	Kinesiology				Champaign, Ill.
B.J. Futrell, Illinois		Sr.	Kinesiology				Park Forest, Ill.
Matt McCarter, Illinois		Sr.	History					Batavia, Ill.
Conrad Polz, Illinois		Sr.	Kinesiology				Orland Park, Ill.
Martin Smith, Illinois		Sr.	History					Quincy, Ill.
Eric Terrazas, Illinois		Sr.	Sport Management			Wheaton, Ill.