Dec. 6, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2012 fall Academic All-Big Ten team on Thursday (Dec. 6), which includes 64 University of Michigan student-athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten 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.
Five members of the Sweet 16-bound volleyball team earned the academic honor, including junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), a 2012 AVCA All-Mideast Region selection. Both she and junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) were named 2012 All-Big Ten and earned their second Academic All-Big Ten award. Volleyball resumes action on Friday (Dec. 7) against Michigan State in Berkeley, Calif., after knocking off Tennessee and Louisville in first and second round NCAA action.
Also earning Academic All-Big Ten honors were 16 football players, three of whom were named to 2012 All-Big Ten teams. Fifth-year senior offensive guard Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis De Sale) earned his third conference academic award and was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and honorable mention team from the media this year. Omameh is one of 11 FBS student-athletes named to the AFCA Allstate Good Works team in recognition of his efforts off the field with community service.
Fifth-year senior safety and 2012 team MVP Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) was named to his second Academic All-Big Ten team, while earning All-Big Ten second team honors at safety from the conference coaches; the media voted him on to the honorable mention team as well. Senior defensive end Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) earned all-conference second team honors this season and has now been named Academic All-Big Ten twice.
A quartet of All-Great Lakes Region selections were among the 12 women's soccer players on the Academic All-Big Ten team: fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser), senior/junior defender Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch), junior forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), and junior defender Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Kopmeyer was named a second-team All-American after leading U-M to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a program record of just 17 goals allowed this season.
Ten members of Big Ten champion women's cross country team, including All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten selection senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), were named Academic All-Big Ten this fall. Addison was a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection in 2011 and has earned All-Great Lakes Region honors all four years in cross country.
Eleven members of the men's soccer team also earned academic distinction, including All-Big Ten first-team forward Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville).
Three-time All-Big Ten and NHCA All-West Region pick Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) earned her second Academic All-Big Ten award after being named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America second team.
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons, and the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school.
U-M's 2012 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
Men's Cross Country (6)
Nick Kern, Jr., Physics/Honors: astronomy & astrophysics, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Zach Ornelas, Sr., education secondary/physical education & English, Cedar Park, Texas
August Pappas, So., performance music/percussion, Chelsea, Mich.
Nick Posada, So., political science, Winter Park, Fla.
Alex Standiford, So., microbiology, Kalamazoo, Mich.
James Yau, Jr., movement science, Troy, Mich.
Women's Cross Country (10)
Rebecca Addison, Sr., movement science, Spring Lake, Mich.
Meg Bellino, Sr., theater, Monroe, Mich.
Brook Handler, So., chemical engineering, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Lindsey Hilton, Sr., informatics/German, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Anna Pasternak, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Brighton, Mich.
Kaitlyn Patterson, Sr., movement science, Cadillac, Mich.
Taylor Pogue, Jr., sociology, Goodrich, Mich.
Chloe Prince, Sr., informatics/entrepreneurship, Okemos, Mich.
Jillian Smith, Sr., environment, Manahawkin, N.J.
Megan Weschler, Jr., movement science, Wyandotte, Mich.
Field Hockey (4)
Sammy Gray, Jr., sociology, Wilmette, Ill.
Lauren Hauge, Jr., environment, Tulsa, Okla.
Rachael Mack, Jr., English, Bromsgrove, England
Axelle Wouters, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Antwerp, Belgium
Courtney Avery, Jr., AfroAmerican and African studies/political science, Mansfield, Ohio
Brennen Beyer, So., College of Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Canton, Mich.
Seth Broekhuizen, Sr., movement science, Holland, Mich.
Joey Burzynski, Jr., biomedical engineering, Carlsbad, Calif.
Jareth Glanda, Sr., movement science, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jeremy Jackson, Jr., general studies, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Joe Kerridge, So., School of Kinesiology, Traverse City, Mich.
Jordan Kovacs, Sr., movement science, Curtice, Ohio
Mike Kwiatkowski, Sr., brain, behavior and cognitive science, Macomb, Mich.
Desmond Morgan, So., College of Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Holland, Mich.
Patrick Omameh, Sr., communication and sociology, Columbus, Ohio
Joe Reynolds, Sr., Spanish, Rochester, Mich.
Craig Roh, Sr., psychology, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Matt Wile, So., engineering, San Diego, Calif.
Steve Wilson, Sr., cellular & molecular biology, White Lake, Mich.
Charlie Zeller, Sr., business administration, Centennial, Colo.
Men's Soccer (11)
Latif Alashe, Sr., mechanical engineering, Northville, Mich.
Tyler Arnone, So., physical education, Hicksville, N.Y.
Adam Grinwis, So., Spanish, Ada, Mich.
Brian Klemczak, Sr., economics, Livonia, Mich.
Tyler Leppek, So., biochemistry, Rochester, Mich.
Nick Lewin, So., civil engineering, Walled Lake, Mich.
Etienne Lussiez, Sr., mechanical engineering, Livonia, Mich.
Ben Manko, So., College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts/undeclared, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Colin McAtee, So.-Fr., College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts/undeclared, Del Mar, Calif.
Dylan Mencia, Jr., economics, Honesdale, Pa.
Fabio Villas Boas Pereira, Jr., general studies, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Women's Soccer (12)
Nkem Ezurike, Jr., economics/international studies, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Holly Hein, Sr., screen arts & cultures, Castaic, Calif.
Emily Jaffe, Sr., environment, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Zaryn Jennings, So., undeclared, Dexter, Mich.
Haley Kopmeyer, Sr., political science/Spanish, Troy, Mich.
Danielle Mazur, So., undeclared, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Megan Schechtman, So., movement science, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Chloe Sosenko, So., undeclared, South Lyon, Mich.
Clare Stachel, Sr., English/American culture, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Karin Thomas, Jr., nursing, Centennial, Colo.
Keyana Thompson-Shaw, Jr., sports management/art & design, Long Beach, Calif.
Shelina Zadorsky, Jr., psychology, London, Ontario
Jennifer Cross, Jr., movement science, Scarborough, Ontario
Lexi Dannemiller, So., undeclared, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lexi Erwin, Jr., environment, Spring, Texas
Brittany Lee, Sr., Spanish, Indianapolis, Ind.
Olivia Reed, So., business, Plainfield, Mich.