COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising senior Julia Aepli, a Dublin, Ohio native, has been named the inaugural Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year representing the co-ed cheer teams in the conference. The Big Ten, with nearly 900 student-athletes comprising the cheer and dance teams of its 14 member institutions, named an all-conference team for the first time in its history.
Head coaches from each school nominated team members for the following selections:
Using that criteria, coaches voted on student-athletes for the academic and community service all-Big Ten teams. For the all-conference first and second teams, nominated student-athletes created highlight videos showcasing gameday skills and technical skills in the areas of tumbling, partner stunting, basket tosses, and pyramids. Coaches then ranked the videos for males and females (not including their own student-athletes.) After tallying all the votes, the first and second teams were selected. The second through fifth top-ranked males and females from the first team were named has honorable mention for athlete of the year with the student-athlete receiving the most votes being named athlete of the year.
The Ohio State cheer team is proud to announce the following winners: