COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State had a league-best 163 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten teams for spring and at-large sports, the Big Ten Conference announced Friday. Ohio State wraps up the year with a conference-high 291 honorees, leading the league for the seventh-consecutive campaign.
In all, the conference recognized 2,238 Academic All-Big Ten honorees during 2008-09, the highest total over the last 15 seasons. To be eligible for an Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Ohio State sports included in the announcement Friday included baseball, softball, women’s rowing, and men’s and women’s golf, tennis and track and field, along with at-large squads in men’s and women’s hockey and lacrosse, fencing, synchronized swimming, pistol and rifle.
Included among the Buckeye honorees on the list are 10 members of the synchronized swimming team that won both the collegiate and U.S. senior national titles. Other standouts in their sport and in the classroom include pistol All-American and open air national champion Seth Berglee, tennis All-Americans Steven Moneke, who advanced to the NCAA singles final match, and Bryan Koniecko and softball All-Americans Samantha Marder and Kim Reeder. Track student-athletes Ashley Caldwell, a part of the Big Ten champion 4×400-meter relay team, Curtis Leuenberger, who was on the conference champion 4×400 and 4×100 meter relay teams, and Matt Comer, another member of the gold medal 4×400. Fencers Andras Horanyi and Oksana Dmytruk each won Midwest Region titles, as Dmytruk went on to earn first team All-America honors along with Jason Pryor. Women’s lacrosse junior Kelly Haggerty was a second-team All-America choice.
A PDF complete list of the spring and at-large honorees is above.