50 Iowa athletes earn academic all-conference honors


Fifty University of Iowa student-athletes were named to the 2014 Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference team released this week.

The list of 50 honored athletes includes 15 student-athletes from football, nine from women’s soccer, seven each from volleyball and women’s cross country and six from men’s cross country and field hockey.

The six men’s cross country athletes honored are the most from the program since 2008 while the seven women’s cross country honorees are the most since 2011.

Of the 977 athletes to achieve Academic All-Conference honors in the fall, 26 have maintained a perfect GPA with five of those athletes coming from the University of Iowa.

Lisa Gordon (cross country), Jocelyn Todd (cross country), Samantha Zishka (cross country), Sarah Mazur (women’s soccer), and Jessy Silfer (field hockey) all boast unblemished GPAs.

Academic All-Big Ten selections must be letterwinners and be in at least their second academic year at the institution. They must also carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

FootballNathan Bazata, So., Sport & Recreation Management , Howells, Neb.; Ike Boettger, Soph., Pre-Business, Cedar Falls; Jake Duzey, Jr., Finance, Troy, Mich.; Cole Fisher, Jr., Civil Engineering, Omaha, Neb.; George Kittle, Soph., Communication Studies, Norman, Okla.; Jordan Lomax, Jr., Economics, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Riley McCarron, Soph., Accounting, Dubuque; Drew Ott, Jr., Health and Human Physiology, Trumbull, Neb.; Travis Perry, Jr., Communications Studies, Urbandale; Macon Plewa, Jr., Sport & Recreation Management, Franklin, Wis.; Jake Rudock, Jr., Interdepartmental Studies, Weston, Fla.; Louis Trinca-Pasat, Sr., Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, Chicago, Ill.; Matt VandeBerg, Soph., Sport Studies, Brandon, S.D.; Ryan Ward, Soph., Health and Human Physiology, Homer Glen, Ill.; Mark Weisman, Sr., Health and Human Physiology, Buffalo Grove, Ill.Women’s SoccerKiley Beck, Sr., Speech & Hearing Science, Rockford, Ill.; Caitlin Brown, Sr., Health and Human Physiology/Spanish, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Corey Burns, Soph., Human Physiology, Libertyville, Ill.; Tory Harman, Soph., Child Life Interest, Cedar Rapids; Marissa Hurt, Sr., Speech and Hearing Science, Ankeny; Sarah Mazur, Jr., Electrical Engineering, LeGrange, Ill.; Katie Nasenbenny, Sr., Psychology/Communications Studies, LaGrange, Ill.; Melanie Pickert, Sr., Health and Human Physiology, Canton, Mich.; Emily Scott, Sr., Journalism & Mass Communications, Tinley Park, Ill.Women’s VolleyballJulianne Blomberg, Jr., Human Physiology, Chanhassen, Minn.; Alessandra Dietz, Sr., Communication Studies, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Alyssa Klostermann, Soph., Sport Studies, Dubuque; Erin Leppek, Sr., Biomedical Engineering, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Alex Lovell, Sr., Pharmacy, Leonard, Mich.; Alli O’Deen, Jr., Health and Human Physiology, Iowa City; Emily Yanny, Sr., Human Physiology, New Berlin, Wis.Women’s Cross Country Katie Adams, Soph., Health & Human Physiology, Marengo, Ill.; Kelly Breen, Soph., Nursing Interest, Palatine, Ill.; Lisa Gordon, Jr., Speech & Hearing Science, Western Springs, Ill.;Carolyn Newhouse, Jr., Psychology, Marion; Jocelyn Todd, Jr., Biomedical Engineering, St. Louis, Mo.;Tess Wilberding, So., Business, Troy, Mich.; Samantha Zishka, So., Health & Human Physiology, Lancaster, OhioMen’s Cross CountryKevin Docherty, Soph., Business, St. Paul, Minn.; Nate Ferree, Soph., Accounting & Finance, Appleton, Wis.; Anthony Gregorio, Soph., Mechanical Engineering, Palatine, Ill.; Kevin Lewis, Sr., Electrical Engineering, Ottumwa; Taylor Soltys, Soph., Chemical Engineering, Naperville, Ill.; Ben Witt, Sr., Biology, BurlingtonField HockeyChandler Ackers, Soph., Human Physiology, White Haven, Pa.; Brynn Gitt, Sr., Electrical Engineering, Lumberton, N.J.; Dani Hemeon, Sr., Human Physiology, Gilroy, Calif.; Sophie Plasteras, Soph., Pre-Business, North Vancouver, British Columbia; Jessy Silfer, Soph., Human Physiology, Cazenovia, N.Y.; Sara Watro, Sr., Elementary Education, Audubon, Pa.