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Twenty-seven Purdue athletes named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Twenty-seven Purdue student-athletes were honored as Distinguished Scholar Award recipients by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.

The award was established by the Big Ten Faculty Representatives in February in order to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award, recipients must be in at least their second academic year at the institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.

Of Purdue’s 27 recipients, six posted a perfect 4.0 GPA this year. Those individuals are bolded on the complete list below.

The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for their academic career. A total of 150 Boilermaker student athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2008-09 school year. Purdue’s Distingushed Scholar Award recipients follow.

  • Katie Beck, Women’s Swimming & Diving
  • David Colturi, Men’s Swimming & Diving
  • Scott Dean, Men’s Swimming & Diving
  • Matthew DeSilva, Men’s Track & Field
  • Danielle Eagan, Women’s Cross Country
  • Laura Garriga, Women’s Basketball
  • Nan Hammel, Women’s Track & Field
  • Joe Holland, Football
  • Liane Horiuchi, Softball
  • Christine Inman, Women’s Swimming & Diving
  • Alex Jaffee, Baseball
  • Morgan Lebsack, Women’s Swimming & Diving
  • Ashlee Lengacher, Women’s Track & Field
  • Luke Manuel, Wrestling
  • Danita Merlau, Women’s Volleyball
  • Lauren Mioton, Women’s Basketball
  • Katie Morrical, Women’s Track & Field
  • Tom Oliver, Men’s Golf
  • Mallory Peck, Women’s Track & Field
  • Loredana Riverso, Soccer
  • Kaitlin Seeger, Soccer
  • Connor Sestak, Baseball
  • Allie Smith, Women’s Swimming & Diving
  • Eric Sparks, Men’s Track & Field
  • Rachel Stalzer, Women’s Track & Field
  • Matt Stewart, Men’s Swimming & Diving
  • Mark Wohlford, Men’s Basketball

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