Dec. 2, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Big Ten Conference office released its fall 2010 Academic All-Big Ten teams on Thursday (Dec. 2), which includes 55 University of Michigan student-athletes. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Eight U-M football players earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including redshirt freshman starting safety/linebacker Cameron Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) and redshirt sophomore starting offensive lineman Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales). Redshirt junior offensive lineman Zac Ciullo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) also earned his first spot on the academic team. He will forego his fifth year of eligibility and enroll in U-M's Law School next fall.
A pair of unanimous All-Big Ten first-team volleyball players were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team in senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph). A two-time All-American (2009 first team, 2008 second team), Zimmerman earned her second spot on the academic team and was U-M's 2009-10 Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Wolverines to the 2009 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Michigan's all-time assists leader, she and the 23rd-ranked Wolverines are in Seattle where they take on No. 11 Washington in NCAA Tournament first-round action this evening (Dec. 2) at 7:30 p.m. PST.
Sixteen of the 17 eligible women's soccer players were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, including biology major and senior defender/midfielder Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester). Carron is also a two-time Academic All-District IV second-team selection and now a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. A 2010 all-conference first-team honoree, Carron also earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in 2009-10 for maintaining a GPA above 3.7 during that academic year.
A graduate student in U-M's Ross School of Business, field hockey senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is a two-time NFHCA third-team All-American and now a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was also named to the 2010 All-Big Ten first team and All-Big Ten Tournament team. Laytos had the game-winning assist in Michigan's semifinal win over Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament (Nov. 5). She concluded her U-M career with 27 assists, tied for seventh on the school's all-time assists list. She also was named to the NFHCA Senior Game played on Nov. 20 in College Park, Md.
For more information on U-M student-athlete academic awards, visit the Academic Success Program web site on MGoBlue.com.
U-M's 2010 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
Men's Cross Country (5)
Bobby Aprill, Jr., Sport Management, Dexter, Mich.
Craig Forys, Sr., Physical Education, Howell, N.J.
Derek Henning, Jr., Economics & Mathematics, Alanson, Mich.
Zach Ornelas, So., Undeclared, Cedar Park, Texas
Nick Thomas, Jr., General Studies, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Women's Cross Country (10)
Rebecca Addison, So., Undeclared, Spring Lake, Mich.
Monica Barnes, So., Undeclared, East Lansing, Mich.
Courtney Clancy, So., Undeclared, Richland, Mich.
Lindsey Hilton, So., German/Informatics, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Kaitlyn Patterson, So., Movement Science, Cadillac, Mich.
Kaitlyn Peale, Sr., Industrial & Operations Engineering, Columbus, Ohio
Mary Grace Pellegrini, Jr., Public Policy, Louisville, Ky.
Chloe Prince, So., Undeclared, Okemos, Mich.
Jillian Smith, So., Undeclared, Manahawkin, N.J.
Danielle Tauro, Sr., Sport Management, Manahawkin, N.J.
Zac Ciullo, Sr., LS&A Honors, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
John Ferrara, Sr., History, Staten Island, N.Y.
J.B. Fitzgerald, Jr., Sport Management, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Cameron Gordon, So., General Studies, Detroit, Mich.
Will Heininger, Sr., Sport Management, Ann Arbor, Mich.
John McColgan, Sr., Economics, Saginaw, Mich.
Patrick Omameh, Jr., Sociology, Columbus, Ohio
Joe Reynolds, So., LS&A/Undeclared, Rochester, Mich.
Men's Soccer (7)
Latif Alashe, So., Mechanical Engineering, Northville, Mich.
Tim Bergsma, Jr., Communication Studies, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Chris Blais, Sr., General Studies, Seattle, Wash.
Brian Klemczak, So., LS&A/Undeclared, Livonia, Mich.
Eric Leifland, Jr., Business Administraton/German, Djursholm, Sweden
Adam Shaw, Sr., Teacher Education/Physical Education, Lone Tree, Colo.
Alex Wood, Sr., German/International Studies, Northville, Mich.
Women's Soccer (16)
Amanda Bowery, Sr., Civil Engineering, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jackie Carron, Sr., Biology, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Alyssa Engstrom, So., Undeclared, West Hills, Calif.
Kristen Goncalves, Jr., Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Holly Hein, So., Undeclared, Castaic, Calif.
Kristen Keane, Sr., Sport Management, Wheaton, Ill.
Eunnie Kim, So., Undeclared, Hubley, Nova Scotia
Haley Kopmeyer, Jr., Spanish, Troy, Mich.
Kara Koppinger, Jr., Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Courtney Mercier, Jr., Political Science, Erie, Pa.
Kylie Neschke, Sr., Psychology and Communication Studies, Still River, Mass.
Kelsey Rogind, Jr., Biomedical Engineering, Emerald Hills, Calif.
Kim Siebert, Jr., Movement Science, Troy, Mich.
Clare Stachel, Jr., English, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sarah Stanczyk, Sr., Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Lindsey Thut, So., Sport Management, Kildeer, Ill.
Maggie Busch, Sr., General Studies, Toledo, Ohio
Sloane Donhoff, Jr., General Studies, Louisville, Ky.
Courtney Fletcher, Jr., Screen Arts and Culture, Duluth, Ga.
Alex Hunt, Jr., Sociology, Granger, Ind.
Michelle McMahon, Jr., Spanish, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lexi Zimmerman, Sr., Environment, Barrington, Ill.
Contact: Barbara Cossman (734) 763-4423