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Record-tying 299 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors in 2016-17

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Xavier Smith
June 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Penn State student-athletes have broken one school Academic All-Big Ten record in 2016-17 and tied the overall record high, set last year.

A school record 145 Nittany Lion students from the spring/at-large sports boosted Penn State to 299 Academic All-Big Ten honorees in 2016-17, tying the mark set last year. The previous high among the spring/at-large sports was 140, also set in 2015-16.

Penn State is second among all Big Ten institutions with 5,875 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports. Ohio State, which has 36 varsity sports, edged past the Nittany Lions during the spring/at-large tabulation and has had 5,887 selections since 1991-92.

Penn State's spring/at-large honorees were led by women's lacrosse student Madison Day, a junior majoring in bio behavioral health, who owns a 4.0 grade-point average. Day was among the 22 Big Ten students competing in spring and at-large sports to record an unblemished GPA.

Also among the Nittany Lions' spring and at-large honorees was recent women's hockey graduate Laura Bowman, who was selected a CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American. Bowman owned a 3.95 GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology. Men's track and field junior Xavier Smith, who won the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championship in the 60 meters, also was among the Nittany Lions' honorees.

Penn State Highest Academic All-Big Ten Yearly Totals
(3.0 GPA and a letter winner):

2016-17 - 299*
2015-16 - 299*
2012-13 - 296
2013-14 - 285
2014-15 - 277
*School record

The women's track and field team, which won the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championship, led the way for Penn State's 14 teams in the spring/at-large period with 26 students on the list. The women's lacrosse squad, which advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second consecutive season, had 17 students honored and the men's lacrosse team, which also earned an NCAA Tournament berth, had 15 Academic All-Big Ten selections.

The Penn State women's ice hockey (11), softball (10) and men's track and field (10) squads also cracked double digits for spring/at-large Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

The Nittany Lion women's tennis team led the conference in Academic All-Big Ten selections with its nine honorees and the men's tennis team was tied with Ohio State for the lead with its nine selections.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Penn State Highest Academic All-Big Ten Spring/At-Large Totals
(3.0 GPA and a letter winner):

2016-17 - 145*
2015-16 - 140
2013-14 - 138
2014-15 - 135
2012-13 - 132
*School record

The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,644 students competing in spring and at-large sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team.

Penn State student-athletes, who have captured 30 Big Ten Championships and conference-best eight NCAA titles since September 2012, consistently have been among the nation's most successful in earning their degrees. A school record 114 student-athletes graduated in May, bringing the 2016-17 total to 142 graduates, with more scheduled to earn their degrees in August.

The conference office will also present the Distinguished Scholar Award in July. Students eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letter winners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying students 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 list of Penn State's 145 Academic All-Big Ten spring/at-large honorees is below.

Penn State Academic All-Big Ten - 2017 Spring and At-Large Honorees

Baseball
Name YearMajor
Schuyler BatesSr.International Politics
Dakota ForsythSr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Justin HagenmanSo.Telecommunications
Blake HodgensSo.Kinesiology
Keith Leavitt So.Political Science
Alex MalinskySr.Accounting
Eric MockSo.Kinesiology
Jake PilewiczSr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Tim SchollySr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Softball
Gianna ArrizurietaJr.Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Jessica CummingsJr.Chemical Engineering
Tori DuboisSo.Marketing
Jessica HaugSr.Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Marlaina LaubachSr.Psychology
Shelby MillerSr.Kinesiology
Madison SeifertSo. Supply Chain And Information Systems
Madison ShafferSo.Energy Business And Finance
Samantha ShanahanSr.Nutritional Sciences
Mollie SorensonJr.Human Development and Family Studies
Men's Fencing
Stephen BarnettJr.Engineering
Marcel DolegiewiczSo.Criminology
Nicholas GrazianoSr.International Politics
Jarrett LewisJr.Criminology
Karol MetrykaSo.Accounting
Lars SwansonSr.Economics
Karl Oskar TangSr.Industrial Engineering
Gavin TurnerSo.Science
Women's Fencing
Karen ChangJr.Engineering
Najiyyah ClarkJr.Biomedical Engineering
Teodora KakhianiSr.Communication Arts And Sciences
Anastasia Kalonji So.Marketing
Erin McLoughlinSo.International Politics
Jessica O'Neill-LyublinskySr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Nicolette VignaSo.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Men's Golf
Cody CoxSr.Film-Video
Christian ElliottSr.Finance
Cole Miller Jr.Marketing
Women's Golf
Cara BassoSo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Meaghan ColemanSr. Energy Business And Finance
Kate GranahanSr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Jaclyn RogowiczSo.Finance
Kamerine TaylorSo.Finance
Lauren WallerSo. Biobehavioral Health
Women's Ice Hockey
Laura BowmanSr.Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Kelsey CrowSo.Psychology
Hannah EhresmannJr.Accounting
Irene KiroplisJr.Kinesiology
Meike MeilleurSo.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Sarah NielsenSr.Nutritional Sciences
Amy PetersenSr.Managament
Victoria SamuelssonSo.Advertising and Public Relations
Kelly SewardSr.Geography
Bella SuttonJr.Biology
Christi VetterJr.Biobehavioral Health
Men's Lacrosse
Grant AmentSo.Business Administration
Nicholas AponteSr.Management
Robert BlackSo.Marketing
Tyler ButlerJr.Criminology
Daniel CraigSr.Economics
Dylan FouldsSo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Kevin HillSo.Finance
Drake KreinzSr.Management
Dean LamelaSo.Kinesiology
James NowoswiatSo.Industrial Engineering
Hunter PearlJr.Finance
Tanner PeckJr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Chris SabiaSo.Labor And Employment Relations
Michael SuttonSr.Kinesiology
Peter TrioloSr.Communication Arts And Sciences
Women's Lacrosse
Taylor BleisteinSr.Criminology
Kayla BrisolariSo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Madison CarterSo.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Bridget ChakeyJr.Secondary Education
Kelly DaggettSo.Agricultural Science
Madison DayJr.Biobehavioral Health
Katelyn GarveySo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Lucy HauboldSo.Health Policy And Administration
Stephanie LazoSr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Delaney MuldoonSo.Psychology
Katie O'DonnellJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Sarah PiazzaSr.Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Catherine RainoneSr.Kinesiology
Natalie SchmittSr.Marketing
Abigail SmuckerSr.Biobehavioral Health
Erika SpilkerSr.Communication Arts And Sciences
Shelby WellsSr.Kinesiology
Men's Tennis
Marc Collado CastellsSr.Industrial Engineering
Nika DolidzeSr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Matthew GalushSo.Biology
David KohanSr. Energy Business And Finance
Aws LaaribiSr.Economics
Benjamin LiebSo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Zachary LiebSo.Finance
Christian LutschaunigSr.Accounting
Constant Morrison De La GassetiereSo.Business Administration
Women's Tennis
Ekaterina BlikSr.Psychology
Bennet DunnJr.Telecommunications
Hannah KratkyJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Devan McCluskeySr.Journalism
Kelly MengelJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Daria SapogovaSr.Industrial Engineering
Taylor ShukowJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Samantha TutelmanSr.Finance
Jacqueline ZuhseSr.Business Administration
Men's Track & Field
Michael BiddleSo.Community, Environment, And Development
Dan ChisenaSo.Security And Risk Analysis
Kory DecesarisSr.Materials Science And Engineering
Peter HugheySo.Communication Arts And Sciences
Jordan MakinsJr.Finance
Matt NawrockiJr.Secondary Education
Joseph PhiferSr.Aerospace Engineering
Luke RarigSo.Security And Risk Analysis
Xavier SmithJr.Kinesiology
Jonathan YohmanSr.Kinesiology
Women's Track & Field
Tessa BarrettJr.Management
Tal Ben-ArtziSr.Psychology
Lisa BennatanJr.Journalism
Frances BullSo.Art
Rosemary CampbellSo.Chemical Engineering
Lauren CostaSo.Communication Sciences And Disorders
Quenee DaleJr.Journalism
Rachel DeCeccoJr.Industrial Engineering
Olivia GiambraSo.Nutritional Sciences
Dannielle GibsonSr.Biotechnology
Elizabeth ChikotasJr.Chemical Engineering
Madeline HolmbergSo.Kinesiology
Jillian HunsbergerJr.International Politics
Kasey KempSr.Kinesiology
Greta LindsleyJr.Journalism
Lexi MastersonSr.Kinesiology
Megan McCloskeyJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Hannah MulhernJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Megan OsborneSr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Tichina RhodesSr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Marissa ShevaSo.Security And Risk Analysis
Steph SieversSo.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Elyse SkerponJr.International Politics
Grace TrucillaSo.International Politics
Cara UlizioSr.Supply Chain And Information Systems
Kayla ZoschgSr.Letters, Arts, And Sciences
Men's Volleyball
Aidan AlbrechtSr.Journalism
Luke BraswellSo.Labor And Employment Relations
Matthew McLarenJr.Chemical Engineering
Frank MelvinSo.Accounting
Calvin MendeSo.Security And Risk Analysis

*BOLD INDICATES 4.0 GPA

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