IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Freshman Spencer Lee (wrestling) and junior Hannah Stewart (women’s basketball) have been selected as Iowa’s 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners. The duo was chosen from Iowa’s list of 2017-18 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winners, which had a representative from each varsity sport.
Lee won the 2018 NCAA championship as a true freshman at 125 pounds. The Murrysville, Pennsylvania, native joined the Iowa lineup in January and compiled a 22-2 overall record, earning All-America, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie honors.
Stewart played in all 32 games this season, scoring in double figures seven times and netting eight or more points in 17 contests. The Minot, North Dakota, native had her best season as a Hawkeye, registering single-season bests in points (235), rebounds (145), assists (46), blocks (24), steals (35), field goals made (106), and free throws made (23).
The Big Ten first awarded the Outstanding Sportsmanship honor in 2003. The student-athletes chosen were individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior, were in good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Following is a list of Iowa’s past Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners:
Year Men’s Award Winner Women’s Award Winner
2003 Stuart Waters, Men’s Tennis Kristin Johnson, Softball
2004 Nate Kaeding, Football Laura Chipman, Softball
2005 Joe Johnston, Wrestling Jennifer Skolaski, Swimming & Diving
2006 Adam Haluska, Men’s Basketball Liz Grajewski, Women’s Gymnastics
2007 Adam Haluska, Men’s Basketball Kara Zappone, Field Hockey
2008 Bart van Monsjou, Men’s Tennis Brittany Keyes, Rowing
2009 Christian Bierich, Men’s Tennis Wendy Ausdemore, Women’s Basketball
2010 A.J. Edds, Football Laura Cilek, Women’s Golf
2011 Chris Brant, Men’s Golf Kelsey Cermak, Women’s Basketball
2012 Matt Gatens, Men’s Basketball Betsy Flood, Women’s Track & Field
2013 Eric May, Men’s Basketball Mareike Schrulle, Women’s Cross Country
2014 James Morris, Football Theairra Taylor, Women’s Basketball
2015 Mark Weisman, Football Melissa Dixon, Women's Basketball
2016 Drew Ott, Football Amy Ihm, Women's Golf
2017 Nicholas Baer, Men's Basketball Sophie Plasteras, Field Hockey
2018 Spencer Lee, Wrestling Hannah Stewart, Women’s Basketball