The University of Northern Iowa athletic department has honored four student-athletes as the Student-Athletes of the Month for October. Ben Boothby (Football - Clinton, Iowa/Clinton HS), Amy Braun (Volleyball - Lakeville, Minn./North HS), Chelsea Hartman (Swimming & Diving - North Liberty, Iowa/Iowa City West HS) and Tirrell Rennie (Football - North Lauderdale, Fla./Coconut Creek HS) were selected by the UNI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Boothby is a senior defensive lineman on the UNI football team. In the classroom, he is working toward a graduate degree in kinesiology after earning an undergraduate degree in movement and exercise science in May 2011.
Boothby helped lead the Panthers to a 4-1 record in October. He started and played the entire game against Southern Illinois on Oct. 22 only five days after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee, recording a season-high eight tackles in UNI's win. Boothby also posted at least five tackles in each October game. He has spent the entire season on the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award (top defensive player in FCS), was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, and has been named one of 10 national finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award.
Braun is a junior outside hitter on the Panther volleyball squad, majoring in elementary education.
Braun helped the Panthers to a perfect 9-0 record in October, while accomplishing some individual feats along the way. She was named the MVC Player of the Week on Oct. 17 after leading UNI to wins over Drake and Creighton. On Oct. 21, Braun tallied a career-high 18 kills and had a .300 attack percentage in UNI's 3-1 win over Illinois State. At Missouri State on Oct. 28, she recorded her first career triple-double, tallying 13 kills, 10 assists and 25 digs in the Panthers' 3-2 come-from-behind victory.
Hartman is a senior freestyle swimmer for the Panthers, majoring in leisure, youth and human services.
Hartman guided UNI to a dual meet victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 29 with first-place finishes in the 1000m freestyle and 500m freestyle. She was also first in the 1000m freestyle and second in the 500m freestyle against Iowa State on Oct. 8. She placed third in each of those events against Kansas and North Dakota on Oct. 22. Hartman owns the top time by a Panther this season in both events.
A senior quarterback for the UNI football team, Rennie is majoring in criminology.
Rennie led the Panthers to a 4-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking in October. In the process, he set the UNI school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (171) and moved into the No. 8 spot on the UNI career rushing touchdowns list. Rennie completed 73-of-103 passes for 981 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception in October.