Tigers Lead Way with 10 Academic Honorees

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COLUMBIA - Sixty-one student-athletes have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 squad, with Missouri leading all conference teams with 10 selections. The 10 Tiger student-athletes named to this year's team are the second most in school history. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Sophomore Jenna Marston was one of five student-athletes who were nominated with a 4.0 grade point average. Overall, Missouri put seven on the first team and three on the second team.

Seniors Abby Vock and Marla Schweisberger, juniors Kristin Nottelmann and Ashley Fleming and sophomores Chelsea Thomas and Nicole Hudson join Marston on the first team. Schweisberger and Vock earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition for the third time in their careers, while Nottelmann, Fleming and Thomas were honored for the second time. On the second team, Missouri seniors Megan Christopher, Catherine Lee and Kathryn Poet were each honored - Christopher for the second time in her career, while Lee and Poet were recognized for the first time.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.