Diante Vines of Danbury, CT is one of 113 University of Iowa student-athletes named to the 2021 fall Academic All-Big Ten team. The list includes student-athletes from men's cross country (9), women's cross country (17), field hockey (17), football (40), women's soccer (19), and volleyball (11).
Vines is a member of Iowa's football team who is a sophomore majoring in cinema.
Five of the six teams either matched or set school records. Men's cross country, women's cross country and field hockey all had school record totals, while volleyball eclipsed their most honorees for a second straight season. Soccer's 19 selections matched the school record for a second straight season and third time in program history, while football's 40 selections are second-most all-time (one off the program record).
The following four student-athletes had perfect 4.0 grade point averages:
- Jenny Cape of the Iowa soccer team is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences
- Samantha Cary of the Iowa soccer team is a sophomore majoring in biomedical sciences
- Matt Fagan of the Iowa football team is a junior majoring in public health
- Konnor Sommer of the Iowa men's cross country team is a junior majoring in electrical engineering
The Big Ten Conference recognized 1,602 fall sports athletes. The list included 124 field hockey players, 582 football players, 139 men's and 223 women's cross country runners, 139 men's and 260 women's soccer student-athletes and 135 volleyball players.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team (as verified by being on the official squad list as of Nov. 1 for fall sports), have been enrolled full time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
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