June 6, 2011
2011-12 Academic All-Big Ten: Fall | Winter >>> Complete Spring List
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fifty-two Purdue student-athletes received Academic All-Big Ten recognition when the conference office announced its spring honorees Monday.
Seventeen members of the track and field program (10 men and seven women), 14 baseball players, eight tennis players (six women and two men), seven golfers (six men and one woman) and six softball players were among the Boilermakers honored for their success in the classroom.
A total of 154 Purdue student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten acclaim during the 2010-11 school year. The winter sports led the way with 58 honorees.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten honors, a student-athlete must have compiled a grade point average of 3.0 and above and be at least a sophomore academically.
Among Purdue's spring Academic All-Big Ten honorees, eight also earned All-Big Ten recognition for their athletic performance. Baseball's Cameron Perkins and Tyler Spillner; track and field's Bill Hardcastle, Chris Thoman, Emily Breslin and Leah Eber; Thea Hoffmeister of women's golf and Jennifer Rabot of women's tennis were among the dual honorees.
Softball's Suzie Rzegocki rewrote the Purdue records book, finishing her impressive college career with program benchmarks in seven statistical categories, highlighted by wins (86) and strikeouts (728). Teammate Molly Garst set a new school record with 102 stolen bases.
Hoffmeister helped the women's golf team follow up its 2010 national championship team title with a runner-up showing this spring. Men's golfers Tyler Duncan, Erich Johnston and Henry Plager were all among the Boilers that took to the links at the NCAA Arizona Regional.
This week, Jakob Engel, Breslin and Eber will be among the six student-athletes representing Purdue at the NCAA Track and Field national championship meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
Women's Golf (1)
Women's Tennis (6)
Women's Track and Field (7)