Penn State student-athletes earn 54 winter Academic All-Big Ten honors

University Park, Pa. — Fifty-four Nittany Lion student-athletes, representing seven winter sports, have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Penn State's 54 honorees ranks second among Big Ten institutions and brings the Lions' all-time total to 2,933 over the last 14 years, including 135 selections during the 2007-2008 school year.

Senior women's swimmer Molly Crispell, who is majoring in Biobehavioral Health, is one of only five Big Ten winter student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

The Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Men's basketball junior guard Danny Morrissey led the Lions in three-point field goals made with 58 for the season and senior men's gymnast Derek Helsby is a finalist for the 2008 Nissen-Emery Award, the highest individual honor presented in collegiate gymnastics. Men's swimmers Sean Biedermann and Vincent Reydams were members of the 200 free relay team who logged their best time of the year at the NCAA Championships while women's basketball sophomore Meggan Quinn had a career-high 11 points against Purdue on Jan. 17. Sophomore women's gymnast Brandi Personett captured her second consecutive individual Big Ten All-Around title and junior women's swimmer Kelly Nelson became Penn State's first All-American since 2006 with a sixth-place finish in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships while senior wrestler Jacob Strayer, an All-American for the Lions, ended his career with a record of 64-19.

The Big Ten recognized a total of 469 winter sport student-athletes. 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 career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

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Big Ten Academic All-Conference Selections
Men's Basketball
Adam Highberger So. Science Blairsville, PA
William Leiner Jr. Finance Coplay, PA
Daniel Morrissey Sr. Finance Pepper Pike, Ohio
Nikola Obradovic Jr. Economics Belgrade, Serbia
Joonas Suotamo Jr. Film-Video Espoo, Finlad
Michael Walker Sr. Supply-Chain & Info. Systems Lewisberry, PA
Men's Gymnastics
Joshua Borromeo Jr. Mechanical Engineering Littlestown, PA
Matthew Greenfield So. Division of Undergrad. Students Villanova, PA
Allen Harris So. Health & Human Development Lancaster, PA
Derek Helsby Sr. Computer Engineering Orlando, FL
Santiago Lopez Viana Sr. Engineering Science Ensenada BC, Mexico
Noam Shaham So. Engineering Kfar Saba, Israel
Men's Swimming & Diving
Sean Biedermann Sr. Kinesiology Colorado Springs, CO
Justin Boner Sr. Sociology Ridley Park, PA
Daniel Calderon Jr. Mechanical Engineering Bowie, MD
Jonathan Cochrane So. Division of Undergrad. Students Boalsburg, PA
Jeffrey DeWeese Jr. Psychology Midlothian, VA
Max Ettore So. International Politics Medford, NJ
Daniel Fimbianti So. Engineering Mahwah, NJ
Basil Kaaki So. Science Saudi Arabia
David Kraft Jr. Electrical Engineering Warsaw, IN
Max Levi So. Science State College, PA
John Miranda Sr. Petroleum & Natural Gas Eng. Louisville, CO
Colin Quirk So. Education Pittsburgh, PA
Richard Rabinek Jr. Accounting Oakdale, PA
Vincent Reydams Jr. Mechanical Engineering Colorado Springs, CO
Benjamin Ryan So. Information Sciences & Tech. State College, PA
Kevin Rybicki Jr. Physics Lancaster, PA
Christopher Sullivan Jr. Finance Naples, FL
Women's Basketball
Nicole Arcidiacono So. Business Administration Langhorne, PA
Meredith Monroe So. Division of Undergrad. Students Olney, MD
Meggan Quinn So. Crime, Law, & Justice Red Lion, PA
Women's Gymnastics
Alexandra Brockway So. Communications Macungie, PA
Allie Southard So. Business Administration Nanuet, NY
Aslynn Satterfield Sr. Rec Park & Tourism Management Boalsburg, PA
Lindsay Borkan Sr. Communication Arts & Science Long Grove, IL
Brandi Personett So. Division of Undergrad. Students Liberty, MO
Lindsey Montross So. Education Roseville, CA
Rosalie Smith So. Biobehavioral Health Waterford, PA
Women's Swimming & Diving
Courtney Adlam Jr. Kinesiology Ambler, PA
Sarah Baker Jr. Elementary & Kindergarten Fairfax, VA
Molly Crispell Sr. Biobehavioral Health Boalsburg, PA
Lindsey DeForrest So. Division of Undergrad. Studies Wycombe, PA
Karie Haglund Jr. Marketing Marietta, GA
Maureen Hart So. Business Administration Cornelius, NC
Erin Luley So. Agriculture Mechanicsburg, PA
Caitlin Meehan Jr. Human Develop. & Family Studies West Chester, PA
Kailey Morris So. Division of Undergrad. Studies Baltimore, MD
Michelle Myers So. Agriculture Boalburg, PA
Kelly Nelson Jr. Kinesiology West Chester, PA
Kaitlin O'Brien Jr. Advertising & Public Relations Caldwell, NJ
Daphne Skelos So. Health & Human Development Rockville Center, NY
Kristin Smith Sr. Industrial Engineering Coumbia, MD
Jacob Strayer Sr. Kinesiology South Fork, PA


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Last Updated November 18, 2010