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Big Ten Recognizes 22 Sportsmanship Award Winners

Seniors Christian Bierich and Wendy Ausdemore were honored by the Big Ten Thursday.

Seniors Christian Bierich and Wendy Ausdemore were honored by the Big Ten Thursday.

June 4, 2009


Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten today announced the 22 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2008-09 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. Iowa's winners are senior men's tennis player Christian Bierich and senior women's basketball player Wendy Ausdemore.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The 22 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners include 14 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 11 All-Big Ten selections from the 2008-09 season.

Iowa's other varsity sport winners of the Sportsmanship Award are listed below.

Sam Bailin - men's cross country
Sarah Perry - women's cross country
Matt Kroul - football
Kelsey Shaw - women's soccer
Lissa Munley - field hockey
Kiley Fister - volleyball
Jonathan Buese - men's gymnastics
Heather Fomon - women's gymnastics
Allison Majercik - women's tennis
Chris Brant - men's golf
Laura Cilek - women's golf
Justin Toole - baseball
Katie Brown - softball
Paul Chaney, Jr. - men's outdoor track
Betsy Flood - women's outdoor track
Devan Bawinkel - men's basketball
Josh Bean - men's indoor track
Bethany Praska - women's indoor track
Hannah Miller - rowing
Ryan Evans - men's swimming
Danielle Carty - women's swimming
Ryan Morningstar - wrestling