Women's Basketball
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.