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Big 12 Tops The Nation In Academic All-America Selections
August 05, 2010
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Thirty-eight Big 12 Conference student-athletes were named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during the 2009-10 academic year, more than any other Division I conference in the nation.

The Big 12 had 13 of its student-athletes earn first-team status, while 13 garnered second-team honors and 12 were named to the third team.

The Southeastern Conference was second overall to the Big 12 with 36 total student-athletes to earn either first, second or third-team mentions, while the Big Ten was third with 34 Academic All-America awards.

In addition, Kansas basketball player Cole Aldrich was named the Academic All-American of the Year in his sport.

Nebraska leads the Big 12 Conference with 277 all-time Academic All-America awards, while Texas has 119 and Oklahoma has 100. Every other Big 12 school has at least 40 first, second or third-team mentions.

The Big 12 was also a strong academic presence in other areas, as six student-athletes earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. 

Additionally, the league chose 24 student-athletes as Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients and 1,186 student-athletes as Academic All-Big 12 honorees. More than 2,000 Big 12 student-athletes are named to the Commissioner's Honor Rolls at the end of each semester.

To be eligible for ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale. Additionally, the student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The College Sports Information Directors of America votes on the Academic All-America teams.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA named more than 15,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA as Academic All-Americans.

A list of Big 12 Conference academic recognitions for 2009-10 is listed below:

2009-10 Academic All-Americans (38)
Football (4)
Adam Ulatoski, Texas, First Team Offense
Sam Acho, Texas, First Team Defense
Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State, Second Team Offense
Joe Pawelek, Baylor, Second Team Defense

Cross Country/Track and Field (14)
Amy Backel, Oklahoma, First Team
Jenny Barringer, Colorado, First Team
Lisa Koll, Iowa State, First Team
Lauren Bonds, Kansas, Second Team
Erin Bedell, Baylor, Third Team
Shannon Leinert, Missouri, Third Team
Natalie Willer, Nebraska, Third Team
Nicholas Gordon, Nebraska, First Team
Ryan Vail, Oklahoma State, First Team
Eric Fattig, Kansas, Second Team
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska, Third Team
Chris Gowell, Baylor, Third Team
Brandon Rooney, Iowa State, Third Team
Jack Sachse, Kansas State, Third Team

Softball (3)
Tiffany Wesley, Baylor, First Team
Robin Mackin, Nebraska, Second Team
Nicole Wesley, Baylor, Second Team

Baseball (4)
DJ Belfonte, Nebraska, First Team
Chris Slater, Baylor, Second Team
Russell Moldenhauer, Texas, Second Team
Elliot Blair, Oklahoma, Third Team 

At-Large (6)
Ella Doerge, Texas A&M, Swimming, First Team
Julia Wilkinson, Texas A&M, Swimming, Second Team
Kaitlin Arntz, Nebraska, Swimming, Third Team
Dominik Mueller, Baylor, Tennis, Second Team
Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State, Tennis, Second Team
Kyle Terry, Oklahoma, Wrestling, Third Team

Women's Basketball (1)
Ashley Sweat, Kansas State, Third Team

Men's Basketball (1)
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, First Team

Volleyball (2)
Kori Cooper, Nebraska, First Team
JuliAnne Chisholm, Kansas State, Third Team

Soccer (3)
Emily Anderson, Texas, First Team
Ann Gleason, Iowa State, Second Team
Shay Powell, Nebraska, Second Team

Academic All-American of the Year
Cole Aldrich, Kansas (men's basketball)

2009-10 Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Gianna Quintana, Baylor, Soccer
Domink Mueller, Baylor, Tennis
Chynna McCall, Colorado, Track & Field
Arman Serebrakian, Colorado, Men's Skiing
Ashley Kent, Iowa State, Gymnastics
Taylor Mansfield, Iowa State, Football
Lauren Bonds, Kansas, Cross Country/Track & Field
Eric Fattig, Kansas, Track & Field
Ashley Sweat, Kansas State, Basketball
Jack Thomas Sachse, Kansas State, Cross Country/Track & Field
Madison Marcolla, Missouri, Golf
Timothy Cornell, Missouri, Cross Country/Track & Field
Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska, Basketball
Craig Brester, Nebraska, Wrestling
Amy Backel, Oklahoma, Track & Field
Kyle Terry, Oklahoma, Wrestling
Bridget Miller, Oklahoma State, Soccer
Anton Bobytskyi, Oklahoma State, Tennis
Erin Tresselt, Texas, Softball
Saviour Achilike, Texas, Track & Field
Ella Doerge, Texas A&M, Swimming & Diving
Shawn Schepel, Texas A&M, Basketball
Amanda Alley, Texas Tech, Track & Field
Christian Rojmar, Texas Tech, Tennis

2009-10 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winners
Men (2)
Spring- Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State, Tennis
Spring- Eric Petersen, Nebraska, Outdoor Track & Field

Women (4)
Fall- Leah Kuehn, Oklahoma State, Equestrian
Fall- Emily Peterson, Texas A&M, Soccer
Winter- Ella Doerge, Texas A&M, Swimming
Spring- Amy Backel, Oklahoma, Outdoor Track & Field

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