School record 261 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten

University Park, Pa. — Penn State student-athletes have raised the bar again, as a school record 261 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2007-08 academic year.

The previous record was 253 honorees during 2004-05 and there were 245 Penn State selections in 2006-07, which is now tied for the third-highest total in school history.

Over the 14 years of the Academic All-Big Ten program, Penn State continues to lead all conference schools with 3,059 selections. Ohio State is second with 2,916.

Among Penn State's 13 spring and at-large sports, 126 student-athletes were honored, second-highest to Ohio State's 134 honorees for 20 spring and at-large sports. For 2007-08, the Buckeyes led the conference with 266 academic all-conference honorees (35 sports), to edge Penn State's 261 honorees (29 sports). Minnesota was third with 226 honorees in 2007-08.

Penn State earned the highest number of Academic All-Big Ten honorees in the following spring and at-large sports: men's fencing (12), women's fencing (13), men's golf (6), women's lacrosse (16), softball (10), men's tennis (7) and women's tennis (6).

Penn State's academic all-conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Baseball's junior closer, Drew O'Neil, was a force all season and picked up his second First Team All-Big Ten selection. Junior softball centerfielder Danielle Kinley led the team in almost all major offensive categories and was an Academic All-District selection. Men's golf senior Robert Rohanna led the squad to a NCAA Championship berth with a 1-under par in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional. Women's golf senior Christin Pacacha led the Nittany Lions at the Big Ten Championships.

Men's tennis senior Michael James was honored with his second-straight All-Big Ten selection while women's tennis junior Leyla Morzan was selected to represent the Nittany Lions at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Leadership Conference. Women's track and field junior Aleesha Barber helped the squad capture its first Big Ten Outdoor Championship. Men's track and field junior Clarence Smith captured a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

Fencing senior Arthur Urman finished as the 2008 National Championship runner-up in the eppe to help lead his team to a fourth place finish. Men's lacrosse junior Mike Toner had two goals and two assists throughout the 2008 season. Women's fencing sophomore Anastasia Ferdman finished the season with a team best 33-7 record in eppe. Women's lacrosse co-captains Jessi Lieb and Kerry Shea were both named to the 2008 IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region team.

The Big Ten recognized a total of 961 spring and at-large sport student-athletes, bringing the cumulative 2007-08 figure to a conference record 2,094 for 2007-08. The previous mark was 2,019 in 2006-07. 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 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

For the complete list of Penn State's spring and at-large Academic All-Big Ten honorees, please visit, the official website of Penn State Athletics.













Joe Blackburn Sr. Secondary Education Sinking Spring, Pa.
Paul Cianciolo Sr. Business Charleston, S.C.
Brian Ernst Sr. Accounting Boyertown, Pa.
Paul Hawkins Sr. Crime, Law & Justice Glen Hope, Pa.
David Lutz Jr. Kinesiology West Chester, Pa.
Drew O'Neil Sr. Economics Roswell, Ga.
Mike Pierce So. Engineering State College, Pa.
Kayle Sickler So. Business Troy, Pa.
Jen Acunto Sr. Kinesiology Hollywood, Fla.
Rebecca Bautista Sr. Civil Engineering Elk Grove, Calif.
Christana Crivellaro Jr. Kinesiology Coopersburg, Pa.
Ashley Griffith So. Kinesiology Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Hollee Haines Sr. Political Science Riverside, Calif.
Sam Hovanec Jr. Kinesiology Pittsburgh, Pa.
Danielle Kinley Jr. Film Carlsbad, Calif.
Jenn Reynolds Sr. Kinesiology Clovis, Calif.
Kimi Wong So. Communications Goleta, Calif.
Kayce Zielinski Jr. Recreation, Parks & Tourism Arlington, Texas
Men's Golf
T.J. Howe So. Business Osceola, Pa.
Matthew Leon Jr. Integrative Arts Brampton, Ontario
Jim Markovitz So. Undeclared Bridgeville, Pa.
Robert Rohanna Sr. Kinesiology Waynesburg, Pa.
Tyler Tarney Jr. Business Economics Galena, Ohio
Mitch Van Zelfden Jr. Finance Marietta, Ga.
Women's Golf
Katherine Murphy So. Business Portsmouth, R.I.
Christin Pacacha Sr. Journalism Williamsport, Pa.
Megan Padua Sr. Recreation, Parks & Tourism Lafayette, Calif.
Men's Tennis
James Dwyer Sr. Marketing Peachtree City, Ga.
Ryan Gormley So. Business Las Vegas, Nev.
Michael James Sr. Supply Chain & Information Systems Clifton, Va.
Brendan Lynch Jr. Finance North Potomac, Md.
Chris Sherman Sr. Management Edina, Minn.
Adam Slagter Jr. Marketing Austin, Texas
Guillaume St-Maurice So. Undeclared Saint-Eustache, Quebec
Women's Tennis
Katelyn BeVard Sr. Journalism McLean, Va.
Dorothy Dohanics Jr. Supply chain & Information Systems Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lauren Holzberg Jr. Kinesiology Easton, Conn.
Lauren McCarthy So. Liberal Arts Danbury, Conn.
Leyla Morzan Jr. Management Vancouver, British Columbia
Julie Raezer So. Liberal Arts Narberth, Pa.
Jenny Shular Sr. Finance Peachtree City, Ga.
Men's Track & Field
Frank Duca Sr. Bioengineering Middletown, N.J.
Cory Eck So. Health & Human Development State College, Pa.
Bryan Getz Jr. Finance Monroe, N.Y.
Tim Johnson Jr. Civil Engineering New Cumberland, Pa.
John Mahoney Jr. Secondary Education Richboro, Pa.
Dennis O'Connor Sr. Chemical Engineering Philadelphia, Pa.
Jay Pagana Jr. Science Selinsgrove, Pa.
Dennis Pollow Jr. Nutrition Ransomville, N.Y.
Teddy Quinn Sr. Advertising; Public Relations Rush, N.Y.
Clarence Smith Jr. Materials Science & Engineering Coatesville, Pa.
Adam Stanowick Sr. Finance Solon, Ohio
Adam Thielemann So. Education Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Women's Track & Field
Jessica Babcock So. Education Irvine, Calif.
Aleesha Barber Jr. Supply Chain & Information Systems Decatur, Ga.
Claire Berryman Jr. Nutrition Morgantown, W.Va.
Nicole Bohnsack Sr. Kinesiology Rockford, Mich.
Kathryn Fitzgerald Jr. Statistics Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bridget Franek So. Kinesiology Hiram, Ohio
Helen Higgins Gr. Biotechnology Waynesburg, Pa.
Sonja Hinish Sr. Architectural Engineering Williamsburg, Pa.
Heidi Nadeau Sr. Kinesiology North Hampton, N.H.
Rachel NeMoyer So. Science Orchard Park, N.Y.
Meghan Noecker Jr. Journalism Reading, Pa.
Claire Percival Jr. Special Education Sarnia, Ontario
Emma Schmelzer Jr. Anthropology Bloomington, Ill.
Christina Sgriccia Sr. Kinesiology Clymer, Pa.
Briene Simmons Gr. Health Policy & Administration Decatur, Ga.
Cheryl Spring So. Science The Woodlands, Texas
Fiana York Sr. Secondary Education Havertown, Pa.
Men's Fencing
William Anderson So. Engineering Waban, Mass.
Daniel Bak So. Undeclared Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Franz Boghicev Sr. Economics Dormagen, Germany
Jeffery Chang Sr. Management Hong Kong, China
Charles Cimet Jr. Aerospace Engineering East Setauket, N.Y.
Janos Gasparin Jr. Film Grapevine, Texas
Alexander Goldenberg Sr. Economics Guilford, Conn.
Brian Heflich So. Engineering East Setauket, N.Y.
Sergio Hey-Colon Sr. Civil Engineering Caguas, P.R.
Dennis Kraft Sr. History Rector, Pa.
Robert MacClaren So. Criminal Law & Justice Holley, N.Y.
Arthur Urman Sr. Supply Chain & Information Systems Maalot, Israel
Alexander Vongries Sr. Aerospace Engineering Bloomington, Minn.
Women's Fencing
Rachel Arndt Sr. Chemical Engineering Stafford, Va.
Keri Byerts So. Undeclared Webster, N.Y.
Jessica Kim-Danh So. Undeclared Land O Lakes, Fla.
Emily Dougherty So. English Louisville, Colo.
Anastasia Ferdman So. Undeclared Maalot, Israel
Allison Glasser Jr. Advertising; Public Relations Piedmont, Calif.
Sara Gonzalez Sr. Marketing Princeton, N.J.
Stephanie Herbert So. Undeclared Wyckoff, N.J
Anne Jackson Jr. Chemistry Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sarita Mizin So. Comparative Literature Jermyn, Pa
Nikoletta Proudan So. Science Easton, Pa.
Sophia Siu So. Science New York, N.Y.
Liana Webster So. Health & Human Development Pittsburgh, Pa.
Men's Lacrosse
John Andress So. Undeclared Doylestown, Pa.
Greg Boyle Jr. Finance Bel Air, Md.
Joe Britt So. Business Fairfax, Va.
Scott Jacobs Jr. Engineering Science Dallas, Texas
Kevin Joyce So. Business Montclair, N.J.
Jordan Kolb Jr. Management Lancaster, Pa.
Mike Toner Jr. Management Geneva, N.Y.
Women's Lacrosse
Mariel Bryan Jr. Rehabilitation Services Folsom, Pa.
Theresa Bucci So. Undeclared Hudson, Ohio
Lauren Burke Jr. Advertising; Public Relations Severna Park, Md.
Christina Buttle Sr. Crime, Law & Justice Northport, N.Y.
Aly Carter Jr. Bio-behavioral Health Summit, N.J.
Stephanie Ellis So. Health and Human Development Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Lindsay Hagemann Sr. Architectural Engineering Watertown, N.Y.
Margo Josephs So. Communication Arts and Sciences Reisterstown, Md.
Kim Kontson Sr. Bioengineering Davidsonsville, Md.
Jessi Lieb Sr. Communication Arts and Sciences Villanova, Pa.
Laura Lincicome Jr. Crime, Law and Justice Berwyn, Pa.
Megan McGuire Jr. Finance Eldersburg, Md.
Erica Mihn So. Science Annapolis, Md.
Kerry Shea Jr. Elementary Education Baltimore, Md.
Linsey Shea Sr. Advertising; Public Relations Baltimore, Md.
Maria Valderas So. Undeclared Catonsville, Md.
Men's Volleyball
Jason Ambrose So. Business Barrington, Ill.
Travis Foltz Sr. Finance Westlake Village, Calif.
Max Lipsitz So. Business Williamsville, N.Y.
Alan Mars So. Engineering Rochester, N.Y
Luke Murray Sr. History East Petersburg, Pa.
Jon Sherrick So. Economics Mountville, Pa
Jay Stauffer Sr. Finance Coumbia, Pa.


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Last Updated March 19, 2009