May 7, 2010
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IOWA CITY – Seniors Sheila Rinozzi and Brent Metcalf have been named Iowa’s winners of the 2010 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 who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in scholarship and athletics.
Rinozzi, a 2010 first-team all-Big Ten selection from Iowa’s rowing team, is a native of Chicago, IL. She has served as the coxswain for Iowa’s Varsity 8 boat this season, leading the squad to three first place finishes in the spring and two top finishes last fall. Last year, Rinozzi received the team’s “Heart Award” and helped the Varsity 8 boat to first place finishes in the petite finals of the Big Ten Championships and South/Central Regional.
Metcalf, a two-time NCAA and Big Ten champion, is from Davison, MI. A three-time all-American, Metcalf posted a 108-3 career record at Iowa, which gives him a .972 career winning percentage that ranks second in school history. He is the first wrestler in Big Ten history to earn Outstanding Wrestler at the conference meet two straight years (2008, 2009).
In 2008, he won the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is annually presented to the nation’s top wrestler, the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year Award and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships. He is a three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and NWCA all-academic team member.