Dec. 7, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -
Forty-four University of Illinois student-athletes earned fall Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Wednesday. The list includes Illini football, volleyball, women's soccer and men's and women's cross country athletes who are in at least their second academic year at Illinois and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Eight Illini volleyball players - tied for the most by any conference school - earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The list also included 12 women's soccer players, 11 football players, nine men's cross country runners and four women's cross country runners.
Among Illinois' honorees were volleyball All-American Colleen Ward, Big Ten Defender of the Year Jenna Carosio and Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Vanessa DiBernardo from soccer, and second-team All-Big Ten tackle Jeff Allen and honorable mention All-Big Ten kicker Derek Dimke from football.
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons, and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. 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 2011 Fall Sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is in the above PDF.
University of Illinois Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
Jeff Allen Sr. Sport Management Chicago, Ill.
Zach Becker Sr. Kinesiology Homer, Ill.
Derek Dimke Sr. Finance Rockford, Ill.
Justin Green Jr. Sport Management Louisville, Ky.
Spencer Harris So. Undeclared Greenwood, Ark.
Michael Heitz So. Undeclared Vermont, Ill.
Jake Howe So. Kinesiology McHenry, Ill.
Jay Prosch So. Undeclared Mobile, Ala.
Tyler Sands Sr. Psychology Boyertown, Pa.
Nathan Scheelhaase Jr. Communication Kansas City, Mo.
Austin Teitsma So. Sport Management Glen Ellyn, Ill.
VOLLEYBALL Courtney Abrahamovich So. Pre-elementary Education Naperville, Ill. Anna Dorn So. Undeclared Munster, Ind. Rachel Feldman Sr. Psychology Normal, Ill. Jessica Jendryk Jr. Sport Management Wheaton, Ill. Erin Johnson Jr. Kinesiology Crystal Lake, Ill. Annie Luhrsen Sr. Finance Wheaton, Ill. Colleen Ward Sr. Finance Naperville, Ill. Jaclyn Wolfe Jr. Spanish Wheaton, Ill. WOMEN'S SOCCER Kassidy Brown So. Undeclared Lake Zurich, Ill. Jenna Carosio Sr. Civil Engineering Novi, Mich. Nicole Denenberg Jr. Advertising Chicago, Ill. Vanessa DiBernardo So. Undeclared Naperville, Ill. Caitlin Dombart Sr. Kinesiology West Chester, Ohio Julie Ewing Sr. Communication Batavia, Ill. Christina Farrell Jr. News-editorial Journalism Tucson, Ariz. Jannelle Flaws So. Undeclared Glenview, Ill. Shayla Mutz Jr. Health Behavior Change Homer Glen, Ill. Marissa Mykines Sr. Kinesiology Spokane, Wash. Steph Panozzo Sr. Accountancy Maple Ridge, B.C. Megan Pawloski So. Speech Language Pathology Belleville, Ill. WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Madeline Aufmann Sr. Media & Cinema Studies Cary, Ill. Meghan Frigo So. Pre-education Elmhurst, Ill. Katie Porada So. Pre-education Clarendon Hills, Ill. Courtney Yaeger Jr. Psychology Wheeling, W.V. MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Tom Achtien Sr. Kinesiology Elmhurst, Ill. Chris DeSilva Sr. Civil Engineering St. Charles, Ill. Mark Donohue So. Undeclared Des Plaines, Ill. Kyle Engnell Sr. Civil Engineering Homer Glen, Ill. Graham Farnsworth Sr. English Wheaton, Ill. Dan Kremske Sr. Kinesiology Woodstock, Ill. Hunter Mickow Sr. Accountancy Princeton, Ill. Phil Pompei Sr. Broadcast Journalism Los Altos, Calif. Nate Troester Sr. Accountancy Mokena, Ill.