Blankenburg, Weissman Named Michigan’s Large Ten Medal of Honor Recipients

7/6/2022 1:00:00 PM

// Kristy McNeil, Megan McIntosh

• Michigan Medal of Honor Recipients

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The College of Michigan Athletic Division introduced Wednesday (July 6) that senior Nick Blankenburg (ice hockey) and graduate pupil Arielle Weissman (ladies’s lacrosse) have been named its 2022 Large Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

The Large Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to 1 male and one feminine pupil from the graduating class of every member establishment who has demonstrated excellence on and off the sphere all through their school profession. The best honor {that a} pupil competing in convention athletics can obtain within the Large Ten, the award was established in 1915 and was the primary award in intercollegiate athletics to display assist for the academic emphasis positioned on athletics. Through the previous century, the Large Ten Medal of Honor has been awarded to greater than 1,300 honorees. These people have translated their campus expertise into success in all walks of life.

Blankenburg is the division’s male recipient, the fourth from the ice hockey program and first since Carl Hagelin in 2011. Different recipients embody Jason Botterill in 1997 and Gordon Wilke in 1964.

Throughout his four-year Michigan profession, Blankenburg performed in 133 video games and scored 25 targets and 44 assists for 69 factors. He completed a +52 with 10 power-play targets and three game-winning targets. A 3-time honorable point out All-Large Ten choice, Blankeburg additionally was a three-time Tutorial All-Large Ten choice. A local of Washington, Mich., Blankenburg was a finalist for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award.

Staff captain his senior yr, Blankenburg led the Wolverines to the NCAA Frozen 4 and the Large Ten Event championship. He had a profession season offensively with 14 targets and 15 assists for 29 factors and was named all-conference honorable point out. Blankenburg’s 14 targets tied the Michigan program report for targets in a single season by a senior defenseman. Together with freshman Luke Hughes, the pair turned the primary two defensemen to achieve double digits in targets because the 2005-06 season. Moreover, Blankenburg was second on the staff in blocked pictures with 47 and was a +17.

He signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 8. He shortly turned a fan favourite and performed on the staff’s second power-play unit. In seven video games, he had one objective — the game-winner over Edmonton — and two assists. Unable to stroll at Michigan’s commencement he was celebrated by his Blue Jackets teammates within the locker room after incomes his diploma in worldwide research on April 30. Weeks after the Blue Jackets’ season was accomplished, Blankeburg was named to the USA Hockey roster for the 2022 IIHF World Championships. He performed 4 video games earlier than sustaining an damage.

He captained a staff with seven underclassmen chosen within the first spherical of the NHL Draft and was relied on by his teammates for management and steerage. He was instrumental as an alternate captain in 2020-21 when the season ended the day the staff was scheduled to play within the NCAA Regional semifinal. His optimistic power, encouragement and thoughtfulness have been unmatched in the course of the troublesome time and earned him the utmost respect amongst his teammates.

Blankenburg has been closely concerned within the Ann Arbor neighborhood since arriving at Michigan. He created a GoFundMe account to lift cash for COVID-19 reduction for the Ronald McDonald Home of Ann Arbor; took the lead within the staff’s effort with Staff IMPACT as they adopted 16-year-old Kellen, who lives with cerebral palsy; and he volunteers at Grace Bible Church and at Motts Youngsters’s Hospital.

Weissman is the division’s feminine recipient and the first-ever ladies’s lacrosse honoree. The Bridgewater, N.J., native additionally turned the primary U-M ladies’s lacrosse participant to earn IWLCA All-America honors, being named to the third staff following the 2022 marketing campaign.

A 2022 Tewaaraton Award nominee, Weissman provides the respect to her lengthy checklist of accolades this season — she additionally was named Inside Lacrosse All-America second staff, USA Lacrosse Journal All-America honorable point out, IWLCA West/Midwest All-Area first staff and second staff All-Large Ten.

Weissman began all 18 video games within the cage, taking part in 972 minutes, 13 seconds whereas making 149 saves. She ranked sixth nationally in 2022 with a .505 save proportion and seventh with a 9.01 goals-against common. She recorded six video games with double-digit saves and ranks second all-time in Michigan single-game historical past after stopping 17 pictures in opposition to No. 16 Notre Dame within the first spherical of the NCAA Event. Weissman ended her profession rating second all-time in Michigan ladies’s lacrosse historical past with a .454 save proportion and 18 wins, whereas rating third all-time in profession saves with 260.

Within the fall of 2019, Weissman — with the assistance of the Michigan Tutorial Profession Heart — initiated “The 4 Yr Sport Plan,” which is aimed toward establishing college students for optimum success upon commencement, no matter main, and instructing student-athletes the best way to make the most of their experiences as elite athletes to realize an edge within the work pressure. Weissman additionally was chosen as a part of the inaugural class of Management Growth Staff Ambassadors, a student-athlete led group that finest makes use of the leaders of every staff to cohesively obtain targets as a part of the athletic neighborhood and develop internally. Weissman was a part of the Pupil Athlete Advisory Committee and performed a big a part of Michigan ladies’s lacrosse’s five-year partnership with Staff IMPACT.

Along with her work inside the College of Michigan neighborhood, Weissman turned the primary registered and verified student-athlete volunteer on the Veterans Affair Hospital in Ann Arbor, was a part of a pen pal change program and helped increase cash for St. Jude’s Youngsters’s Hospital.

The Large Ten Medal of Honor is acclaimed all through the nation, and particularly by the NCAA “as one of many vital gestures but made in school sports activities.” The Large Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to incorporate one feminine student-athlete from every establishment.

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