COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifty-two Ohio State winter sport student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday. To be eligible for 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.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams led the Buckeyes with 16 and 15 selections, respectively. Both the men’s and gymnastics teams placed six student-athletes on the list, followed by women’s basketball (5) and wrestling (4).
The Buckeyes’ Academic All-Big Ten list includes national champions, All-Americans and All-Big Ten honorees. Six men’s swimmers who earned All-America honors – Andrew Elliott, Justin Farra, Zachary Holmes, Elliott Keefer, Stephen Sakaris and Markus Sievers – earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten list. The group were members of a Buckeye squad that finished 11th at the NCAA championships this year. Diver Bianca Alvarez joins swimmers Samantha Cheverton and Megan Detro as Buckeyes who claimed both All-America and Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011 as members of the Buckeye squad that placed 17th at NCAAs.
Brandon Wynn, who is in Champaign, Ill., this weekend for the Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships, won the 2010 Big Ten and NCAA rings titles. Women’s gymnast Rebecca Best, a 2009 All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, as well as teammate Colleen Dean, a first-team all-conference selection this year, were honored for their academic performance. The women’s gymnastics team is at NCAA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend. Colt Sponseller, an All-American in 2011 and a two-time Big Ten runner-up, leads the wrestlers on the Academic All-Big Ten team.
See the above PDF for the complete list of Ohio State honorees.