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April 5, 2002

Columbus, Ohio– The Big Ten Conference today recognized 31 Ohio State student-athletes for its winter academic all-conference teams. The list featured 13 male and 18 female student-athletes. The women’s gymnastics team garnered the most honors with nine recipients, followed closely by women’s swimming (7) and wrestling (5).

Junior Raj Bhavsar also received Big Ten Gymnast of the Year accolades, leading the Buckeyes to a second straight conference title while posting a 3.34 grade-point average in biology. Women’s gymnast Sarah Spring also was among the top honorees with a 3.91 grade-point average in psychology.

2001-02 Ohio State Winter Academic All-Big Ten Recipients: Name, Yr. Sport GPA Major Hometown Sean Connolly, Jr. MBasketball 3.00 Family Resource Mgt. Peabody, Mass. Emily Haynam, So. WBasketball 3.33 Communications Westerville, Ohio Lauren Shenk, Sr. WBasketball 3.88 Molecular Genetics Minster, Ohio Raj Bhavsar, Jr. MGymnastics 3.34 Biology Houston, Texas Ben Falkner, Sr. MGymnastics 3.72 Journalism Norwell, Mass. Dick Huntwork, Jr. MGymnastics 3.14 Sport & Leisure Studies Pickerington, Ohio Ryan Schwartzkopf, Jr. MGymnastics 3.45 Art Columbus, Ind. Amanda Allen, Sr. WGymnastics 3.54 Social Work Birmingham, Mich. Stephanie Buerkel, Sr. WGymnastics 3.23 Pharmaceutical Science West Chester, Pa. Mary Beth Doerr, Sr. WGymnastics 3.65 Occupational Therapy Boston Heights, Ohio Sheri Greig, Jr. WGymnastics 3.28 Exercise Science Newark, Ohio Bethany Groskopf, So. WGymnastics 3.41 Nursing Cincinnati, Ohio Julie Levi, So. WGymnastics 3.52 Communications Colorado Springs, Colo. Sarah Spring, Jr. WGymnastics 3.91 Psychology Burke, Va. Jill Tucker, Sr. WGymnastics 3.26 Pharmaceutical Science Chagrin Falls, Ohio Rickee Wirtzberger, Jr. WGymnastics 3.05 Business Finance Madison, Ohio Nick Cheney, Sr. MSwimming 3.01 Biology Lima, Ohio Sean Veit, So. MSwimming 3.33 Engineering Hudson, Ohio Daniel Vitina MSwimming 3.47 Information Systems Jeannette, Pa. Kimberly Bojko, So. WSwimming 3.41 Human Development North Canton, Ohio Nicole Hamilton, Jr. WSwimming 3.68 Psychology North Canton, Ohio Stacy Lowry, Jr. WSwimming 3.69 Human Development Mechanicsburgh, Pa. Amanda Messmer, Sr. WSwimming 3.33 Occupational Therapy Fenton, Ohio Kristen Sander, Sr. WSwimming 3.27 Human Development Cincinnati, Ohio Katie Severson, So. WSwimming 3.78 Chemical Engineering Cincinnati, Ohio Amanda Treleaven, So. WSwimming 3.71 Communications Adelaide, Australia Richard Bordner, Sr. Wrestling 3.74 Humanities/English Jefferson City, Mo. Ryan Hieber, So. Wrestling 3.13 Business/Finance Galion, Ohio Blake Kaplan, Jr. Wrestling 3.13 Business/Finance Cincinnati, Ohio Mitchell Kapustka, Sr. Wrestling 3.22 Mechanical Engineering Dayton, Ohio Jeff Ratliff, So. Wrestling 3.32 Political Science Marion, Ohio