Scholar Athletes

March 30, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fifty-eight Purdue student athletes received Academic All-Big Ten acclaim when the conference announced its winter honorees on Wednesday.

Twenty-seven women's swimmers and divers, 15 men's swimmers and divers, seven wrestlers, five men's basketball players and four women's basketball players made up the group.

Women's basketball player Chelsea Jones and women's swimmers Lauren Gustafson and Katie Hingst, were among six student-athletes recognized for carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Junior guard Brittany Rayburn and redshirt junior Drey Mingo garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District V accolades earlier this year. Rayburn was a first team selection, while Mingo garnered second team acclaim.

Men's and women's swimming and diving and wrestling are part of the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America program's at-large group, which is selected in the spring.

Swimmer Allie Smith was selected as the female recipient of the Big Ten Conference's Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award in March.

Among the Boilermakers recognized were several student-athletes that excelled in their particular sport as well as in the classroom.

Senior guard E'Twaun Moore was an Honorable Mention AP All-American, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award and a first team All-Big Ten selection.

Rayburn garnered third team All-Big Ten acclaim from the conference coaches and media, while Mingo earned third team honors from the coaches and honorable mention acclaim from the media.

Of the seven wrestlers who received Academic All-Big Ten honors, four were NCAA Championship qualifiers - Logan Brown, Camden Eppert, A.J. Kissel and Luke Manuel - and one, Manuel, was just one win shy of All-America honors.

The group of women's swimming and diving honorees includes six NCAA qualifiers, four honorable mention All-Americans and two second team All-Big Ten selections. Kara Cook, Caitlin Hamilton, Ariel Martin, Lauren Nichols, Smith and Gustafson made the NCAAs. Hamilton (1650 free), Martin, Gustafson and Smith (relays) garnered honorable mention All-America acclaim, while Hamilton and Martin also received second team All-Big Ten honors.

Purdue's Academic All-Big Ten selections are listed by sport below.

Men's Basketball (5)
Dru Anthrop
D.J. Byrd
Bubba Day
John Hart
E'Twaun Moore

Women's Basketball (4)
Chelsea Jones
Drey Mingo
Brittany Rayburn
Samantha Woods

Men's Swimming & Diving (15)
Mark Boman
Ryan Dafforn
Scott Dean
Dan Farrell
Wyatt Hodges
Zach Johnson
Brendan Joyce
Alec LaMothe
Daniel Michael
Albert Miller
Jimmy Page
Noah Pashley
Matt Stewart
Ben Wachtel
Drew Wolfred

Women's Swimming & Diving (27)
Katie Beck
Sara Bogert
Nora Brolsma
Kara Cook
Jessica Davis
Sarah Dunleavy
Kristen Gilson
Katie Guell
Lauren Gustafson
Amy Gutwein
Caitlin Hamilton
Katie Hingst
Christina Jacobs
Mary-Margaret Lopez
Ariel Martin
Casey Matthews
Emily McIlrath
Maddie Miskulin
Lauren Nichols
Megan Roach
Ellie Roeing
Lauren Roth
Jessica Skiba
Allie Smith
Courtney Tumbush
Seraphina Van
Jenna York

Wrestling (7)
Logan Brown
Tommy Churchard
Justin Dinius
Camden Eppert
A.J. Kissel
Luke Manuel
Kyle Mosier


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