Decorah graduate Hannah Maher was one of 47 Unviersity of Iowa athletes bestowed the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award.

In order to be honored, student-athletes must have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

Maher, a member of the Iowa swimming and diving team, is a sophomore majoring in biology. During the 2012-13 season, she posted 10 top-five finishes and was named Academic All-Big Ten.

Maher is the daugther of Dr. David and Tracy Maher of Decorah.