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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/20/2024, Last updated: 3/28/2024
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Big Ten Recognizes Winter Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Over 1,000 students from eight winter sports earn recognition

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ROSEMONT, Ill. [March 20, 2024] — The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,032 students competing in winter sports who have been named to the Academic All-Big Ten team Thursday.
The list of honorees includes 81 men’s and 94 women’s basketball students, 147 men’s and 232 women’s swimming and diving students, 58 men’s and 133 women’s gymnastics students, 90 men’s ice hockey students and 197 men’s wrestling students.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team (as verified by being on the official squad list as of March 1 for winter sports), have been enrolled full time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Thirty-five winter honorees had unblemished GPAs:
Kendall Bostic, Gr., Illinois, Women’s Basketball, edM: Special Education
Michael Fletcher, Gr., Illinois, Men’s Gymnastics, Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Connor McCool, Gr., Illinois, Men’s Gymnastics, Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Mia Takekawa, Gr., Illinois, Women’s Gymnastics, Bioengineering
Lauren Beard, Sr., Illinois, Women’s Swim & Dive, Atmospheric Science
Alexis Wendel, So., Illinois, Women’s Swim & Dive, Finance, Management
Luke Luffman, Gr., Illinois, Wrestling, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Jake Reicin, Gr., Illinois, Wrestling, Management Online
Ching Hwee Gan, Jr., Indiana, Women’s Swim & Dive, Nutrition Science
Mason Alley, So., Indiana, Wrestling, Finance
Sharon Goodman, RS Junior, Iowa, Women’s Basketball, CLAS Non-degree Student
Kaia Vanney, Sophomore, Iowa, Women’s Gymnastics, Health Studies BA
Emma Silberman, Gr., Maryland, Women’s gymnastics, Special Education
Lily Clapper, So., Michigan, Women’s Gymnastics, Business Administration
Zack Mattin, Jr., Michigan, Wrestling, Biology, Health & Society
Stephanie Lebster, So., Michigan State, Women’s Gymnastics, Kinesiology
Gavin Best, So., Michigan State, Men’s Ice Hockey, Marketing
Tiernan Shoudy, So., Michigan State, Men’s Ice Hockey, Finance
Gianna Gerdes, Masters, Minnesota, Women’s Gymnastics, Sport Management M Ed
Sarah Moraw, Jr., Minnesota, Women’s Gymnastics, Human Rsrc Dev B S
Desmon Sachtjen, Masters, Minnesota, Men’s Swim & Dive, Sport Management M Ed
Jake Gliva, Non-degree, Minnesota, Wrestling, Non Degree
Rowan Morgan, Non-degree, Minnesota, Wrestling, Non Degree
Tim Stapleton, Masters, Minnesota, Wrestling, Sport Management M Ed
Asher Cohen, So., Nebraska, Men’s Gymnastics, Biological Sciences
Emily Haimes, Sr., Nebraska, Women’s Swim & Dive, History/Psychology
JoJo Randby, Jr., Nebraska, Women’s Swim & Dive, Biological Sciences/Management
Ben Forbes, Gr., Northwestern University, Men’s Swim & Dive, Mechanical Engineering
Markie Hopkins, Gr., Northwestern University, Women’s Swim & Dive, Educational Studies
Troy Fisher, Gr., Northwestern University, Wrestling, Global Health Leadership Cert 
Will Fleck, So., Penn State, Men’s Gymnastics, Electrical Engineering
Cassidy Rushlow, Gr., Penn State, Women’s Gymnastics, Human Resources & Employment Relations
Aaron Nagao, Jr., Penn State, Wrestling, Labor and Human Resources
Owen Lindmark, Gr., Wisconsin, Men’s Ice Hockey, Sports Leadership and Business: Finance, Investment and Banking
Tyler Wahl, Gr., Wisconsin, Men’s Basketball, Sports Leadership

Big Ten Conference ( is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching, and public service. Founded in 1896, Big Ten Conference has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten Conference institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. Big Ten Conference sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.