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Big 12 Announces 2011 Academic At-Large Team
April 12, 2011

A total of 161 student-athletes have been named to the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team, the Conference announced.

The squad recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at Conference institutions that participate in sports outside of Big 12 competition. The sports included are bowling, competitive cheer, men's gymnastics, equestrian, rifle, rowing and men's and women's skiing.

Kansas State topped the list with 31 honorees, including 30 first team recipients, with Oklahoma next with 28 total distinctions. 
Among those honored, six were nominated with a 4.00 grade point average: Nicole Schneider (Kansas), Amanda Weishaar (Kansas State), Katrin Passlack and Nicole Furmanek (Oklahoma), and Caroline Daniels and Erin Putrow (Oklahoma State).

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the academic at-large squad consisted of 128 first team members combined with 33 on the second team.  First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
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