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Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners Announced

Jennifer Skolaski is Iowa's female recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

Jennifer Skolaski is Iowa's female recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

June 21, 2005

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    University of Iowa defensive back Sean Considine and swimmer Jennifer Skolaski have been awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

    The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded annually at each Big Ten institution to a senior male and female student-athlete that has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

    Sean Considine is Iowa's male recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.


    Considine, a senior from Byron, IL, was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter as a defensive back. His career totals include 157 total tackles, six interceptions, four fumbles recovered and five blocked kicks.

    Considine garnered honorable mention all-Big Ten accolades his senior year on a Hawkeye team that finished 10-2, shared the Big Ten title and defeated LSU in the Capital One Bowl. He was named a permanent team captain and earned the team's Iron Hawk Award and Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award following the 2004 season.

    Considine also excelled in the classroom, where he was a three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and named second team District VII academic all-American his senior year. Considine was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the first pick of the fourth round (102 overall) of the NFL Draft.





    The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded annually at each Big Ten institution to a senior male and female student-athlete that has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in scholarship and athletics.


    Skolaski, a senior from Madison, WI, became Iowa's first four-time NCAA qualifier in swimming. She finished her career ranked in the top 10 all-time best performers list for 11 of the 14 individual swimming events. She holds school records in six events and ranks second in three.

    A two-time team MVP and captain, she swam on 15 relays that are ranked in Iowa's top 10. Skolaski was an all-American her sophomore season, placing eighth in the 100 back at the NCAA Championships. Skolaski was honored on the all-Big Ten team her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was an NCAA qualifier in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM her senior year, finishing 14th in the 100 back.

    Skolaski was a three-time academic all-Big Ten selection and served as chair for the 2005 Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Earlier this spring Skolaski was one of just 87 female student-athletes nationwide to be awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.