May 29, 2014
• Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners
MADISON, Wis. -- Senior football player Chris Borland and senior women’s rower Monica Whitehouse were named Thursday as Wisconsin’s recipients of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
One member of each varsity sports team on the campuses of all 12 Big Ten institutions were selected as Sportsmanship Award honorees during the 2013-14 season. From that group, a male and female student-athlete were selected to represent each conference institution as winners of the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
All Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Additionally, they must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the competition setting.
Borland led the Badgers’ defense with his third-consecutive 100-tackle season and was named Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being tabbed as a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, Borland also was named Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Recognized as the 2014 UW Student-Athlete of the Year for his success on and off the field, the Kettering, Ohio, native graduated with a degree in history and led all UW student-athletes by logging an amazing 125 hours of community service through the Badgers Give Back program.
Whitehouse earned first-team All-Big Ten honors while stroking the varsity eight and helping the Badgers to a third-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. She also aided in UW’s securing of a seventh-straight bid to the NCAA championships, earning All-Central Region honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association in the process.
A two-time team captain, Whitehouse earned her second-consecutive Academic All-Big Ten award in 2014 and is a double major in psychology and sociology.
She has also received both the Simonds and Graves Family awards from her UW rowing teammates. The Simonds Award is given in honor of former Badger Emily Simonds to a rower who best exemplifies toughness, worth ethic and “commitment to 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.” The Graves Family Award honors a senior selected by her teammates for contributing to the success of the program.