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Penn State Athletics: 136 Spring Student Athletes Named Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

by on July 09, 2014 3:00 PM

Penn State student athletes have always been known for doing well on and off the field, but that history hit a new high this week as the university announced that A record 136 spring student athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

On the year that makes for a total of 285 All-Big Ten academic honors, a figure that is the second best in the department's history. That record mark of 296 honorees wasn't set too long ago though coming during the 2012-13 athletic year.

Some of the best of the best? The women’s track and field team accounted for 21 of the 136 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, while the men registered 13 honorees. The men’s baseball team produced 15, while men’s and women’s lacrosse had 13 and 15 honorees, respectively. 

Emily Giannotti, Katie Rodden (women’s track and field), and Lindsay Riehl (women’s ice hockey) finished off the year with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

These numbers are in addition to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors that former guard John Urschel, wrestling star David Taylor, and women’s volleyball middle hitter Katie Slay earned this past fall.

There is plenty that you can list off when it comes to Penn State athletic's academic achievements, perhaps the most impressive: 468 of student-athletes recording a 3.0 GPA or higher, 197 making the Dean’s List, and 88 percent graduating during the 2013-14 year.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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