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Smart Gophers: 2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards

Seventy-two University of Minnesota Student-Athletes among 781 honored with 2014-2015 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards.

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It seems that at the University of Minnesota, student-athletes have very athletic minds. As reported today by GopherSports.com (story link) 72 Gophers earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year. These players represented 20 of the University's varsity teams. This years haul was the 2nd most by the Gophers, second only to the incredible 86 in 2011-2012 and was second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State who had 78; take that Northwestern and "our standards are too high" Wisconsin.

To qualify, student-athletes had to maintain a minimal GPA of 3.7 for the academic year (excluding summer school), be a letter winner, and be in at least their second academic year. According to BTN.com (story link), 781 student-athletes across the Big Ten earned this award, with every member and 38 different sports represented. Of those receiving this award, an impressive 119 students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA, including 9 Gophers. Those Gophers who had a 4.0 are shown below:

  • Becca Dyson (women's cross country)
  • Marnie Kinnaird (women's cross country)
  • Jack Metcalf (men's gymnastics)
  • Lisa Weeks (rowing)
  • Kiera Janzen (women's swimming & diving)
  • Jessica Plant (women's swimming & diving)
  • Tori Simenec (women's swimming & diving)
  • Katie Murgic (women's track & field)
  • Michael Kroells (wrestling)

The break down for the Gophers are shown below (to see the names, check out the Gophersports.com article).

  • Baseball (3)
  • Women's Basketball (2)
  • Men's Cross Country (2)
  • Women's Cross Country (4)
  • Football (2)
  • Women's Golf (2)
  • Men's Gymnastics (2)
  • Women's Gymnastics (2)
  • Men's Hockey (2)
  • Women's Hockey (4)
  • Rowing (5)
  • Soccer (7)
  • Softball (2)
  • Men's Swimming & Diving (8)
  • Women's Swimming & Diving (6)
  • Men's Tennis (2)
  • Women's Tennis (2)
  • Men's Track & Field (3)
  • Women's Track & Field (8)
  • Wrestling (4)