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Crystal Graff named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar



July 11, 2013


July 10, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Thirty-nine University of Wisconsin student-athletes were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for 2012-13 in a release by the Big Ten Conference office Wednesday.

The Conference announced that over 550 student-athletes were selected in 36 different sports who had earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution.

Wisconsin had 15 sports represented in the Distinguished Honors List including men's cross country (2); women's cross country (1); men's golf (1); women's golf (1); women's hockey (1); women's lightweight rowing (5); men's rowing (5); women's rowing (4); women's soccer (3); women's swimming and diving (2); men's track (1); women's track (7); volleyball  (1); wrestling (3).

Volleyball player Crystal Graff was one of 12 honorees, representing eight different sports, that had a 4.0 cumulative grade point average for the 2012-13 year.

Three-time honorees include Megan Beers from women's track and field, Kendall Schmidt from women's rowing, Michael Brice from men's cross country and Erin Jacobsen from women's soccer. Other repeat  honorees include Kimberly Dinh from women's golf; Lindsay Hamman from women's soccer; Jessica Lund women's lightweight rowing; Cody Rissman in men's rowing and Crystal Graf from volleyball.

Name | Year | Major | Hometown
Men's Cross Country
Michael Brice, Sr., Special Education (Kaukauna, Wis.)**

Reed Connor, Sr., Marketing (Houston, Texas)*

Women's Cross Country
Taylor Zimprich, Fr., Accounting (Waunakee, Wis.)

Men's Golf
Chris Meyer, Sr., Marketing (Edina, Minn.)

Women's Golf
Kimberly Dinh, Jr., Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (Midland, Mich.)*

Women's Hockey
Natalie Berg, Jr., Biology (Minnetonka, Minn.)

Women's Lightweight Rowing
Elizabeth Emmerich, So., Pre-Dietetics (Cottage Grove, Wis.)
Cassie Forman, So., Civil Engineering (Waterloo, Wis.)
Jessica Lund, Sr., Biology (Lake Oswego, Ore.)*
Gretchen Miron, So., History & Journalism (Appleton, Wis.)
Page Resch, So., Political Science (Appleton, Wis.)

Men's Rowing
William Bleifuss, So., Biology (Schofield, Wis.)
Charles Clapp IV, Sr., Finance (Hingham, Mass.)
Alec Hub, Sr., Education-Math (Naperville, Ill.)
Jangwon Kwon, Jr., Pharmacology (Madison, Wis.)
Cody Rissman, Sr., Biology & Micro-Biology (Dekalb, Ill.)*

Women's Rowing
Emily Norco, Sr., Kinesiology (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Elizabeth Parker, Jr., Sociology (McLean, Va.)
Lauren Peitila, Sr., Biology & Life Science Communication (Hartford, Wis.)
Kendall Schmidt, Sr., Civil Engineering (Greenfield, Wis.)**
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, So., Bio Chemistry (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Women's Soccer
Joana Bielefeld, Sr., Psychology (Brookfield, Wis.)

Lindsey Hamann, Sr., Communicative Disorders (Cedarburg, Wis.)*
Erin Jacobsen, Gr., Kinesiology (Wheaton, Ill.)**

Maria Van Abel, So., Pre-Business (Kaukauna, Wis.)*

Women's Swimming & Diving
Elle Meinholz, Sr., English & Communication Arts (Oconomowoc, Wis.)
Hannah Ross, Sr., Zoology (Pocatello, Idaho)

Men's Track & Field
William Ottow, Fr., Music (LaCrosse, Wis.)

Women's Track & Field
Fiona Baus, So., Kinesiology (Green Bay, Wis.)
Megan Beers, Sr., Elementary Education (Brooklyn, Wis.)**
Ashley Beutler, Sr., Human Development & Family Studies (New Glarus, Wis.)
Taylor Kirby, So., Biology (Carlock, Ill.)
Abby Lueck, Jr., Nursing (Columbus, Wis.)
Emmon Rogers, So., Scandinavian Studies (Logan, Utah)
Abbie Wiegel, Jr., Kinesiology (Maple Grove, Minn.)

Crystal Graff, So., Kinesiology (Madison, Wis.)

Tom Kelliher, Sr., Political Science/Communication Arts (Burnsville, Minn.)
Scott Liegel, Jr., Kinesology (Spring Green, Wis.)
Shane McQuade, Jr., Nursing (Appleton, Wis)

Student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs in bold
*Two-time honoree
**Three-time honoree

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