ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference recognized 49 Illini student-athletes as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, announced the conference office Wednesday. Illinois boasts recipients from 14 different sports, led by eight from the women’s swimming and diving team.
The complete conference list of 779 includes student-athletes from every institution and 38 different sports who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 119 student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term, including nine honorees from Illinois which is the most since the award began being awarded in 2009.
In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution.
However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete’s academic career.
Illinois has totaled 284 all-time honorees during the seven years in which the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award has been handed out.
2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars from Illinois Swimming & Diving (4.0 GPA Honorees in Bold)
|Hailey Booth||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Psychology|
|Jennifer Coady||Swimming & Diving||Jr.||Accountancy|
|Kayla Dlugopolski||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Psychology|
|Megan Marchuk||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Industrial Engineering|
|Callan McDermott||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Community Health|
|Alison Meng||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Kinesiology|
|Erika Murphy||Swimming & Diving||Sr.||Finance|
|Gabbie Stecker||Swimming & Diving||So.||Kinesiology|
Swimming news courtesy of University of Illinois Swimming & Diving.