May 29, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference honored a litany of student-athletes on Wednesday, naming them to the 2013 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Team. Purdue student-athletes accounted for 62 of the honorees.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Purdue women's track & field team led all Boilermaker programs with 17 spring honorees, including multiple-time All-American Dani Bunch. Boilermaker track & field received 32 Academic All-Big Ten nods in total, as the men's team boasted 15 honorees. All-American Jakob Engel headlined the men's contingent, along with fellow NCAA outdoor regional qualifiers Cale Allen and Kevin Griffith.
Eleven Boilermaker softball student-athletes were honored on Wednesday, led by junior Andie Varsho, who recently received third-team Capital One Academic All-America honors. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten performer was a first-team all-league and NFCA All-Mideast nod on the field in 2013.
The Purdue baseball team was represented on the list with six student-athletes, all of whom were members of the Boilers' 2012 Big Ten regular-season and tournament championship teams.
Adam Schenk, a junior who was named first-team All-Big Ten and posted a top-10 finish as an individual at the NCAA Columbus Regional, garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career. Purdue women's golf was represented on the list by senior Kishi Sinha, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
The 2013 NCAA-qualifying Boilermaker women's tennis team had three Academic All-Big Ten honorees, headlined by second-team All-Big Ten pick Mara Schmidt. Men's tennis second-team All-Big Ten performer Szymon Tatarczyk was also a spring Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Women's Golf (1)
Men's Track & Field (15)
Women's Track & Field (17)