Gophers’ Schleper and Pachuta awarded Big Ten’s Medal of Honor

Andrew Krammer

Minnesota track and field student-athlete David Pachuta and women's hockey student-athlete Anne Schleper were awarded the Big Ten's Medal of Honor on Thursday.

The honor, first given in 1915, is awarded to 24 Big Ten student-athlete graduates — two from each program — who "attain the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work."

With 114 career points, Schleper ranks second all-time in scoring among Minnesota defensemen. She holds the record for most career games played (158) and never missed a game in her Gophers career.

An assitant captain this season, Schleper helped Minnesota capture its first national title since 2005. She is a three-time academic All-WCHA and academic All-Big Ten selection. Schleper is expected to graduate this summer with a degree in business and marketing.

Pachuta, a senior All-American and team captain at Minnesota, holds the Gophers' outdoor record in the 800 meters.

The neuroscience major was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and plans to attend Minnesota's dental school in the fall of 2012.

Pachuta was a 2012 NCAA Indoor All-American in the 800 meters and 4X400 meters, also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters.