The No. 11 Penn State women's gymnastics team posted the highest Big Ten Championships score in program history at 196.725 to claim a fourth place finish at the event on Saturday inside the Crisler Center. Freshman Briannah Tsang (Vancouver, British Columbia) was named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year following the event.
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Four Nittany Lions have been selected to the AVCA Division I All-America teams. As one of two Penn State second team honorees, Ali Frantti highlights the group with AVCA DI National Freshman of the Year honors.
Fifth-seeded Penn State women's volleyball (32-3) earned five AVCA DI Northeast Regional honors, as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) this afternoon. Seniors Micha Hancock and Nia Grant, redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney and freshman Ali Frantti joined 10 others on the 14-member All-Northeast Region squad. Frantti highlighted the group with Northeast Region Freshman of the Year honors.
Six members of the Penn State women's volleyball team (30-3, 18-2) earned nine Big Ten postseason awards, as announced by the conference on Tuesday (Dec. 2). The Nittany Lions are well represented on all three conference teams, while freshman Haleigh Washington has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) has been named the Big Ten Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year, as announced by the conference Wednesday. Most recently, Chikotas was the top freshman to complete the 6,000-meter course at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
Sophomore Craig Hernandez (Libertyville, Ill.) headlined the contingent of Nittany Lions competing during the individual finals at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday (April 6) when he claimed his second straight pommel horse championship. Penn State also picked up the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award when Trevor Howard earned the top rookie honors.
Senior Casimir Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.) has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championship, and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while rookie Brannon Kidder (Lancaster, Ohio) was voted conference Freshman of the Year, announced by conference on Wednesday (Feb. 27).
Five Penn State football student-athletes have been named All-Big Ten as selected by ESPN.com and BigTenNetwork.com. In addition, BTN.com selected Bill O'Brien the Big Ten Coach of the Year and defensive end Deion Barnes (Philadelphia) the conference's Freshman of the Year.
The No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball team (31-2) picked up seven AVCA Mideast Region Awards, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Tuesday (Dec. 4). Juniors Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.), Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.) and Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.) were four of 14 players named to the all-region squad. In addition, freshman Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio) was named the Mideast Region Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention all-region laurels, and head coach Russ Rose was tabbed the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has been selected 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and media, and defensive end Deion Barnes from Philadelphia has been named the conference's Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year. O'Brien and Barnes join the seven Nittany Lions who were named All-Big Ten on Monday (Nov. 26), six of whom were first-team honorees. On the Watch List for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year, O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to victories in eight of their final 10 games, earning an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten. Barnes, a redshirt freshman, joins tailback Curtis Enis (1995) as Nittany Lions to win the Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year, first awarded in 1986 and named for Darrell Thompson (Minnesota) and Antwaan Randel El (Indiana).
Seven members of the No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball team (29-2, 19-1 Big Ten) garnered Big Ten postseason awards. Junior Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.) was tabbed the inaugural Big Ten Setter of the Year, freshman Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio) was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and head coach Russ Rose earned Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels.
For the second time in her career as head coach of the Penn State women's soccer program, Erica Walsh has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year the conference office announced on Wednesday (Oct. 31) morning. Joining Walsh on the major award list is junior Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.), who was named Forward of the Year; senior Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.), earning Midfielder of the Year; sophomore Whitney Church (Ashburn, Va.), being named Defender of the Year; and freshman Raquel Rodriguez (San Jose Costa, Rica), who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a unanimous selection.
A pair of Nittany Lion track and field standouts earned Big Ten recognition on Tuesday, as senior Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pa.) was named "Field Athlete of the Year," while freshman Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.) copped "Freshman of the Year" honors. Kovacs took top honors in the shot put in record-setting fashion at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Wisconsin last weekend, with Creese also making the medal stand via a third-place finish in the 1500-meters.
An already sensational indoor campaign continues for Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.), as the Nittany Lion rookie was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, announced by conferences offices on Tuesday (Feb. 28). Creese played a major role in the Nittany Lion efforts at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at Nebraska last weekend, anchoring the winning distance medley relay, and coming back to finish third individually in the mile.
When the Penn State men's swimming & diving team returned home from Iowa City, the Nittany Lions brought home the Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Nate Savoy of Reading, Pa.) and five new school records with them from Big Ten Championships. Savoy became Penn State's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year award recipient. Five Lions were named to All-Big Ten Second Team and Penn State etched 25 new Top 10 times in school history to the record books.