Lincoln Journal Star
Track and field athlete Andy Jacobs and gymnast Dylan LeClair were named Nebraska’s female and male student-athletes of the year, respectively, at the Sunday’s Night at the Lied sports banquet.
Softball player Billie Andrews was named the top female athlete and Ridge Lovett was named the top male athlete.
Jacobs is a two-time Big Ten second-team pole vaulter, with her career-best 13-8½ indoors and 13-9¾ outdoors. In the classroom, Jacobs is a four-time Big Ten Scholar Distinguished and a third-team Academic All-American. Jacobs earned his undergraduate degrees in broadcasting, journalism and psychology in 2021.
LeClair became the fourth gymnast in five years to win the men’s top honor. The eldest was a key contributor to multiple NCAA championship teams and was a three-time Collegiate Gymnastics Association Athlete-Scholar All-America and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He will graduate next month with a degree in nutrition and health sciences.
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Just a sophomore, Andrews is having a great second season with the Huskers, hitting 18 homers with 46 RBI and 46 runs scored. She’s hitting atop a lineup for a Husker team that’s 34-11 and in line for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Lovett was honored after finishing second at 149 pounds at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. He posted a 24-4 record and won 10 games against ranked opponents. Lovett is the third Husker wrestler to win the award since 2015.
Several other Huskers were honored on Sunday.
Lexi Rodriguez (volleyball) and Alex Talley (athletics) picked up top rookie of the year awards.
Five student-athletes received the Outstanding Scholar Award, which is given to student-athletes in their final season of eligibility or who graduate next month while carrying a GPA of 3.90 or better – Natalie Cooke (football ), Hannah Young (soccer), Ashley Zugay (soccer), Kirsten Baete (women’s golf) and Tom Westenberger (men’s golf).
The Husker women’s cross country team and the men’s tennis team won the Herman Trophy GPA Award, which recognizes teams with the best team GPA.