School Record 261 Penn State Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors For 2007-08

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Recent Women's Basketball Graduate, Amanda Brown

Recent Women's Basketball Graduate, Amanda Brown

May 28, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State student-athletes have raised the bar again, as a school record 261 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2007-08 academic year.

The previous record was 253 honorees during 2004-05 and there were 245 Penn State selections in 2006-07, which is now tied for the third-highest total in school history.

Over the 14 years of the Academic All-Big Ten program, Penn State continues to lead all conference schools with 3,059 selections. Ohio State is second with 2,916.

Among Penn State's 13 spring and at-large sports, 126 student-athletes were honored, second-highest to Ohio State's 134 honorees for 20 spring and at-large sports. For 2007-08, the Buckeyes led the conference with 266 academic all-conference honorees (35 sports), to edge Penn State's 261 honorees (29 sports). Minnesota was third with 226 honorees in 2007-08.

Penn State earned the highest number of Academic All-Big Ten honorees in the following spring and at-large sports: men's fencing (12), women's fencing (13), men's golf (6), women's lacrosse (16), softball (10), men's tennis (7) and women's tennis (6).

Penn State's academic all-conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Baseball's junior closer, Drew O'Neil, was a force all season and picked up his second First Team All-Big Ten selection. Junior softball centerfielder Danielle Kinley led the team in almost all major offensive categories and was an Academic All-District selection. Men's golf senior Robert Rohanna led the squad to a NCAA Championship berth with a 1-under par in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional. Women's golf senior Christin Pacacha led the Nittany Lions at the Big Ten Championships.

Men's tennis senior Michael James was honored with his second-straight All-Big Ten selection while women's tennis junior Leyla Morzan was selected to represent the Nittany Lions at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Leadership Conference. Women's track and field junior Aleesha Barber helped the squad capture its first Big Ten Outdoor Championship. Men's track and field junior Clarence Smith captured a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

Fencing senior Arthur Urman finished as the 2008 National Championship runner-up in the eppe to help lead his team to a fourth place finish. Men's lacrosse junior Mike Toner had two goals and two assists throughout the 2008 season. Women's fencing sophomore Anastasia Ferdman finished the season with a team best 33-7 record in eppe. Women's lacrosse co-captains Jessi Lieb and Kerry Shea were both named to the 2008 IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region team.

The Big Ten recognized a total of 961 spring and at-large sport student-athletes, bringing the cumulative 2007-08 figure to a conference record 2,094 for 2007-08. The previous mark was 2,019 in 2006-07. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

For the complete list of Penn State's spring and at-large Academic All-Big Ten honorees, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

 
Baseball
Joe BlackburnSr.Secondary EducationSinking Spring, Pa.
Paul CiancioloSr.BusinessCharleston, S.C.
Brian ErnstSr.AccountingBoyertown, Pa.
Paul HawkinsSr.Crime, Law & JusticeGlen Hope, Pa.
David LutzJr.KinesiologyWest Chester, Pa.
Drew O'NeilSr.EconomicsRoswell, Ga.
Mike PierceSo.EngineeringState College, Pa.
Kayle SicklerSo.BusinessTroy, Pa.
 
Softball
Jen AcuntoSr.KinesiologyHollywood, Fla.
Rebecca BautistaSr.Civil EngineeringElk Grove, Calif.
Christana CrivellaroJr.KinesiologyCoopersburg, Pa.
Ashley GriffithSo.KinesiologyMt. Laurel, N.J.
Hollee HainesSr.Political ScienceRiverside, Calif.
Sam HovanecJr.KinesiologyPittsburgh, Pa.
Danielle KinleyJr.FilmCarlsbad, Calif.
Jenn ReynoldsSr.KinesiologyClovis, Calif.
Kimi WongSo.CommunicationsGoleta, Calif.
Kayce ZielinskiJr.Recreation, Parks & TourismArlington, Texas
 
Men's Golf
T.J. HoweSo.BusinessOsceola, Pa.
Matthew LeonJr.Integrative ArtsBrampton, Ontario
Jim MarkovitzSo.UndeclaredBridgeville, Pa.
Robert RohannaSr.KinesiologyWaynesburg, Pa.
Tyler TarneyJr.Business EconomicsGalena, Ohio
Mitch Van ZelfdenJr.FinanceMarietta, Ga.
 
Women's Golf
Katherine MurphySo.BusinessPortsmouth, R.I.
Christin PacachaSr.JournalismWilliamsport, Pa.
Megan PaduaSr.Recreation, Parks & TourismLafayette, Calif.
 
Men's Tennis
James DwyerSr.MarketingPeachtree City, Ga.
Ryan GormleySo.BusinessLas Vegas, Nev.
Michael JamesSr.Supply Chain & Information SystemsClifton, Va.
Brendan LynchJr.FinanceNorth Potomac, Md.
Chris ShermanSr.ManagementEdina, Minn.
Adam SlagterJr.MarketingAustin, Texas
Guillaume St-MauriceSo.UndeclaredSaint-Eustache, Quebec
 
Women's Tennis
Katelyn BeVardSr.JournalismMcLean, Va.
Dorothy DohanicsJr.Supply chain & Information SystemsPittsburgh, Pa.
Lauren HolzbergJr.KinesiologyEaston, Conn.
Lauren McCarthySo.Liberal ArtsDanbury, Conn.
Leyla MorzanJr.ManagementVancouver, British Columbia
Julie RaezerSo.Liberal ArtsNarberth, Pa.
Jenny ShularSr.FinancePeachtree City, Ga.
 
Men's Track & Field
Frank DucaSr.BioengineeringMiddletown, N.J.
Cory EckSo.Health & Human DevelopmentState College, Pa.
Bryan GetzJr.FinanceMonroe, N.Y.
Tim JohnsonJr.Civil EngineeringNew Cumberland, Pa.
John MahoneyJr.Secondary EducationRichboro, Pa.
Dennis O'ConnorSr.Chemical EngineeringPhiladelphia, Pa.
Jay PaganaJr.ScienceSelinsgrove, Pa.
Dennis PollowJr.NutritionRansomville, N.Y.
Teddy QuinnSr.Advertising; Public RelationsRush, N.Y.
Clarence SmithJr.Materials Science & EngineeringCoatesville, Pa.
Adam StanowickSr.FinanceSolon, Ohio
Adam ThielemannSo.EducationMechanicsburg, Pa.
 
Women's Track & Field
Jessica BabcockSo.EducationIrvine, Calif.
Aleesha BarberJr.Supply Chain & Information SystemsDecatur, Ga.
Claire BerrymanJr.NutritionMorgantown, W.Va.
Nicole BohnsackSr.KinesiologyRockford, Mich.
Kathryn FitzgeraldJr.StatisticsPittsburgh, Pa.
Bridget FranekSo.KinesiologyHiram, Ohio
Helen HigginsGr.BiotechnologyWaynesburg, Pa.
Sonja HinishSr.Architectural EngineeringWilliamsburg, Pa.
Heidi NadeauSr.KinesiologyNorth Hampton, N.H.
Rachel NeMoyerSo.ScienceOrchard Park, N.Y.
Meghan NoeckerJr.JournalismReading, Pa.
Claire PercivalJr.Special EducationSarnia, Ontario
Emma SchmelzerJr.AnthropologyBloomington, Ill.
Christina SgricciaSr.KinesiologyClymer, Pa.
Briene SimmonsGr.Health Policy & AdministrationDecatur, Ga.
Cheryl SpringSo.ScienceThe Woodlands, Texas
Fiana YorkSr.Secondary EducationHavertown, Pa.
 
Men's Fencing
William AndersonSo.EngineeringWaban, Mass.
Daniel BakSo.UndeclaredFranklin Lakes, N.J.
Franz BoghicevSr.EconomicsDormagen, Germany
Jeffery ChangSr.ManagementHong Kong, China
Charles CimetJr.Aerospace EngineeringEast Setauket, N.Y.
Janos GasparinJr.FilmGrapevine, Texas
Alexander GoldenbergSr.EconomicsGuilford, Conn.
Brian HeflichSo.EngineeringEast Setauket, N.Y.
Sergio Hey-ColonSr.Civil EngineeringCaguas, P.R.
Dennis KraftSr.HistoryRector, Pa.
Robert MacClarenSo.Criminal Law & JusticeHolley, N.Y.
Arthur UrmanSr.Supply Chain & Information SystemsMaalot, Israel
Alexander VongriesSr.Aerospace EngineeringBloomington, Minn.
 
Women's Fencing
Rachel ArndtSr.Chemical EngineeringStafford, Va.
Keri ByertsSo.UndeclaredWebster, N.Y.
Jessica Kim-DanhSo.UndeclaredLand O Lakes, Fla.
Emily DoughertySo.EnglishLouisville, Colo.
Anastasia FerdmanSo.UndeclaredMaalot, Israel
Allison GlasserJr.Advertising; Public RelationsPiedmont, Calif.
Sara GonzalezSr.MarketingPrinceton, N.J.
Stephanie HerbertSo.UndeclaredWyckoff, N.J
Anne JacksonJr.ChemistryPittsburgh, Pa.
Sarita MizinSo.Comparative LiteratureJermyn, Pa
Nikoletta ProudanSo.ScienceEaston, Pa.
Sophia SiuSo.ScienceNew York, N.Y.
Liana WebsterSo.Health & Human DevelopmentPittsburgh, Pa.
 
Men's Lacrosse
John AndressSo.UndeclaredDoylestown, Pa.
Greg BoyleJr.FinanceBel Air, Md.
Joe BrittSo.BusinessFairfax, Va.
Scott JacobsJr.Engineering ScienceDallas, Texas
Kevin JoyceSo.BusinessMontclair, N.J.
Jordan KolbJr.ManagementLancaster, Pa.
Mike TonerJr.ManagementGeneva, N.Y.
 
Women's Lacrosse
Mariel BryanJr.Rehabilitation ServicesFolsom, Pa.
Theresa BucciSo.UndeclaredHudson, Ohio
Lauren BurkeJr.Advertising; Public RelationsSeverna Park, Md.
Christina ButtleSr.Crime, Law & JusticeNorthport, N.Y.
Aly CarterJr.Bio-behavioral HealthSummit, N.J.
Stephanie EllisSo.Health and Human DevelopmentBryn Mawr, Pa.
Lindsay HagemannSr.Architectural EngineeringWatertown, N.Y.
Margo JosephsSo.Communication Arts and SciencesReisterstown, Md.
Kim KontsonSr.BioengineeringDavidsonsville, Md.
Jessi LiebSr.Communication Arts and SciencesVillanova, Pa.
Laura LincicomeJr.Crime, Law and JusticeBerwyn, Pa.
Megan McGuireJr.FinanceEldersburg, Md.
Erica MihnSo.ScienceAnnapolis, Md.
Kerry SheaJr.Elementary EducationBaltimore, Md.
Linsey SheaSr. Advertising; Public RelationsBaltimore, Md.
Maria ValderasSo.UndeclaredCatonsville, Md.
 
Men's Volleyball
Jason AmbroseSo.BusinessBarrington, Ill.
Travis FoltzSr.FinanceWestlake Village, Calif.
Max LipsitzSo.BusinessWilliamsville, N.Y.
Alan MarsSo.EngineeringRochester, N.Y
Luke MurraySr.HistoryEast Petersburg, Pa.
Jon SherrickSo.EconomicsMountville, Pa
Jay StaufferSr.FinanceCoumbia, Pa.
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