The Big Ten Conference on Thursday recognized a total of 1,447 students competing in spring and at-large sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honorees features 126 in baseball, 125 in softball, 158 in women's rowing, 65 in men's and 58 in women's golf, 83 in men's and 93 in women's lacrosse, 59 in men's and 70 in women's tennis, 180 in men's and 247 in women's track and field.
For Rutgers, 91 Scarlet Knights across 10 Rutgers programs were acknowledged by placing them on the Spring 2015 Academic All-Big Ten list. Combining with the fall and winter honorees, Rutgers had 196 student-athletes achieve Academic All-Big Ten status in 2014-15 (75 fall, 30 winter, 91 spring).
The conference also recognizes athletes who participate in non-Big Ten sponsored sports (at-large sports) and that included 36 in men's (representing fencing, rifle and pistol, rowing and volleyball) and 147 in women's (representing bowling, fencing, ice hockey, lightweight rowing, rifle and pistol, sand volleyball, synchronized swimming and water polo) sports.
At least 13 conference students competing in spring and at-large sports have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including one from Rutgers with a 4.0 GPA: Campbell Sode, Rutgers men's lacrosse (Sr., Labor Studies and Employment Relations/History)
For what it's worth, I love the fact that the Big Ten offers recognition for athletes who participate in sports that are not sponsored by the conference. When they say "the nation's premier athletic and academic conference", they mean it. Good stuff.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students 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 list of Rutgers athletes receiving Big Ten accolades and more details can be found here.
Well done, Knights!