May 30, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference Office announced on Thursday (May 29) the 24 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2013-14 academic year, with senior women's swimmer Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and senior men's tennis player Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) being recognized as the University of Michigan's representatives.
These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Beidler capped her four years at Michigan with her most successful season as a senior. She captured Michigan's first Big Ten title in two years when she won the 400-yard individual medley while setting a new school record (4:07.42) at the conference meet. She added two more top-10 finishes in the Big Ten with a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM and a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. For her efforts, Beidler was named All-Big Ten first team. She also qualified for the NCAA meet for the second consecutive season.
The recent graduate served as a team captain in her senior season. She demonstrated her versatility by racing in seven different events in 2013-14, and won at least one race in seven different dual meets. Away from the pool, Beidler finished her degree in communication studies and was voted to the Academic All-District Five At Large team. She has also been named Academic All-Big Ten three times (2012-14). Beidler was heavily involved with Girls On the Run as a volunteer, an organization that empowers girls through exercise and camaraderie.
A three-time team captain, Bernstein finished his Michigan career with 120 victories for the Maize and Blue, including 76 doubles wins, which rank 10th all-time in program history. His 22 singles wins as a freshman also rank ninth all-time in U-M history. His most notable success came in doubles with All-American partner Evan King. The duo combined to win 22 matches in 2012 and reached as high as No. 11 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award winner, Bernstein posted a 21-9 doubles record as a senior, including an 18-6 overall mark with freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa). Bernstein, who also won the Big Ten Men's Tennis Sportsmanship Award in 2014, graduated from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business earlier this month.
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