June 13, 2007
IOWA CITY – Winners of the Big Ten’s oldest award, the Medal of Honor, were announced today by the conference office. Iowa’s honorees are all-Americans Heather Schnepf (field hockey) and Adam Haluska (basketball).
First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten endowed a Medal of Honor to be given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. In 1982, the Medal of Honor was expanded to include a senior female athlete from each institution.
Haluska earned first team all-Big Ten honors this season. The native of Carroll, IA, is also a first team academic all-American and was named the Academic all-American of the Year for Division I men’s basketball. Haluska led the Big Ten Conference in scoring, averaging 20.5 points in all games and 21.3 in league games.
In addition to being an all-America pick, Schnepf was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. She is only the third player in Big Ten history to earn the defensive award in back-to-back years. Schnepf, a native of Medford, NJ, was a unanimous first team all-Big Ten selection and was named to the all-Big Ten tournament team.