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Penn State Garners 72 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

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Dec. 22, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - Seventy-two Nittany Lions student-athletes, representing seven fall sports, have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Penn State's 72 honorees brings the Lions' all-time total to 3,202 during the last 16 years. The total ranks first among all Big Ten institutions. Ohio State ranks second with 3,091.

Penn State's Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners excelled both in the classroom and on the field this fall. Field hockey seniors Lauren Cahill and Bethany Marvel both earned Second Team All-Big Ten accolades. Football seniors Andrew Pitz, Josh Hull and junior Stefen Wisniewski all earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honors, and Jeremy Boone earned Academic All-District honors, as well. Wisniewski was also named First Team All-Big Ten, while Boone, Hull and senior Sean Lee were Second Team All-Big Ten. Women's cross country senior Bridget Franek guided the team to the 2009 Big Ten Championship and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Men's soccer senior Jason Yeisley was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Senior Matheus Braga and junior Andres Casais were selected First Team All-Big Ten and junior Drew Cost earned second team laurels. Women's soccer players Alyssa Naeher and Katie Schoeper both earned NSCAA/adidas Third Team All-America honors and teammate Danielle Toney was First Team All-Big Ten. Women's volleyball rounded out the Fall honorees with seven. Senior Megan Hodge was named the Big Ten and the AVCA National Player of the Year.

The Big Ten recognized 705 fall sports athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in their second academic year at their institution. They must all carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Listed below are Penn State's 2009 Fall Academic All-Big Ten honorees by sport.

Field Hockey
Gina Bartolacci Sr. Finance
Amy Bonenberger Sr. Kinesiology
Laura Cahill Sr. Political Science
Ayla Halus So. Science
Bethany Marvel Sr. Marketing
Casey McCartin So. Health & Human Development
Alexandra Meves Jr. Journalism
Jennifer Miller Gr. Quality & Manufacturing Management
Jennifer Purvis Jr. Kinesiology Kristen Schaefer So. Health & Human Development
Alex Schlener So. Undeclared
Daneen Zug Jr. Kinesiology

Jesse Alfreno Sr. Advertising & Public Relations
Samuel Barham So. Kinesiology
Brandon Beachum Jr. Communications
Jeremy Boone Gr. Education
Brett Brackett Sr. Marketing
Chris Colasanti Jr. Kinesiology
Josh Hull Sr. Environmental Systems Engineering
Kevion Latham Jr. Finance
Sean Lee Sr. Finance
Leonard McCullough Sr. Management Information Systems
Andrew Pitz Sr. Telecommunications
Mickey Shuler Sr. Kinesiology
Matthew Stankiewitch So. Business
Stephen Stupar Jr. Film
Stefen Wisniewski Jr. Secondary Education

Cross Country
Paige Anderson Jr. English
Jessica Babcock Sr. Elementary Education
Claire Berryman Gr. Nutrition
Bridget Franek Sr. Kinesiology
Katie Shelley Jr. Kinesiology
Cheryl Spring Sr. Nursing
Chris Cipro So. Management
Ryan Foster Jr. Economics
Lucas Zarzeczny Jr. Economics

Men's Soccer
Mackenzie Arment So. Health & Human Development
Matheus Braga Sr. Economics
Andres Casais Jr. Energy Business & Finance
Diego Correa Sr. Energy Business & Finance
Drew Cost Jr. Business Economics
Frank Costigliola Sr. Energy Business & Finance
Mark Fetrow So. Environmental Resource Management
Treavor Gelsinger Jr. Kinesiology
John Gray Sr. Finance
Andrew Parr Sr. Actuarial Science
Vincent Salvatico Sr. Business Economics
Jacobo Vera Artazcoz Sr. Business Economics
Jason Yeisley Sr. Management

Women's Soccer
Tara Davies Sr. Elementary Education
Jaclyn Hakes So. Science
Kristin Hartmann So. Engineering
Melissa Hayes Sr. Communications Arts & Sciences
Megan Monroig Jr. Kinesiology
Alyssa Naeher Sr. Kinesiology
Carly Niness So. Business
Allison Rago Sr. Psychology
Jessica Rosenbluth So. Information Sciences & Technology
Alexandra Schaefer So. Communications
Kathryn Schoepfer Sr. Human Development & Family Studies
Emma Thomson So. Nutrition
Danielle Toney Jr. Marketing
Kristin Tribbett So. Health & Human Development
Nicola Watts Sr. Kinesiology
Danielle Zavala So. Business

Women's Volleyball
Alyssa D'Errico Jr. Marketing
Megan Hodge Sr. Management
Katie Kabbes So. Undeclared
Cathy Quilico Jr. Communication Arts & Sciences
Kelsey Ream Sr. Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Megan Shifflett So. Communications
Heather Tice So. Education




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