Scholar Athletes Earn All-Big Ten Honors

Scholar Athletes Earn All-Big Ten Honors

lacrosse teamMore than 20 percent of the Northwestern University athletes who received at-large and spring Academic All-Big Ten honors are pursuing degrees in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), a school that emphasizes learning, leadership, and policy.

The women’s lacrosse team, which reached the NCAA national championship semifinals, had ten SESP players receiving honors, including Ivy Arlia, Kate Copeland, Meghan Duffy, Liza Elder, Riley Johnston, Julie Krupnick, Selena Lasota, Kate Paliotta, Clarie Smith, and Sara Szynal.

Other spring winners include:

  • Baseball: Nick Cauley, Alex Erro, Casey O’Laughlin
  • Men's Golf: Eric McIntosh
  • Men's Tennis: AJ Joshi
  • Women's Golf: MacKenzie Hawkes
  • Women's Fencing: Alexandra Banin, Adelle Berdichevsky, Shirley Luong, Sofia Simontov, Abby Tartell

It’s the ninth straight year Northwestern University has accumulated 200-plus Academic All-Big Ten awards and the fifth consecutive spring with more than 80 honorees. The Wildcats finished the 2018-19 year with 265 student-athletes earning the recognition, a new school record.

"At SESP, we emphasize that teamwork and collaboration are vital to great leadership in every domain,” said SESP Dean David Figlio. “So I’m never surprised – but always delighted – that athletes gravitate to our School, where they learn how to apply lessons from the playing field to change lives and organizations for the better.”

Eight Northwestern sports are eligible for spring awards. To be eligible for an Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution carrying a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Northwestern led all Big Ten institutions and ranked second among Power Five schools with 13 varsity programs receiving Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, given to programs that place in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year data.

Northwestern's 2018-19 at-large and Academic All-Big Ten award winners for fall and spring include:


Football: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, Eric Eshoo, Charlie Fessler, Paddy Fisher, Jango Glackin, Montre Hartage, Jeremey Larkin, Kyric McGowan, Alex Miller Travis Whillock
Cross Country: Ashley Ko 
Women's Soccer: Hannah Davison
Volleyball: Allie Lindroth 


Men's Basketball:  Aaron Falzon
Men's Swimming & Diving: Tyler Lis
Women's Basketball: Byrdy Galernik, Bryana Hopkins, Abi Scheid
Women's Swimming & Diving: Lindsay Adamski, Shaunmei Lim, Janicia Ng
Wrestling: Zack Chakonis

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 6/12/19