COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State again led the conference in Academic All-Big Ten selections after 195 were named to the spring and at-large squads, the Big Ten announced Monday. In all, 1,078 conference athletes from 14 sports were honored. For the year, the Buckeyes had 329 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and a record 523 were named OSU Scholar-Athletes.
The rowing team led the way for Ohio State with 25 honorees, followed by 21 from men’s lacrosse, 18 from women’s track and field and 14 from the women’s hockey squad. Other teams honored in the final edition of the team for the 2010-11 school year were men’s track and field (13), women’s lacrosse (13), men’s volleyball (12), men’s hockey (11), baseball (10), women’s fencing (10), men’s golf (8), men’s fencing (7), men’s tennis (6), women’s golf (6), softball (5), synchronized swimming (5), men’s rifle and pistol (4), women’s tennis (4) and women’s rifle and pistol (3).
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.
Nelson Vick, a sophomore biology major on the men’s tennis team, led the Ohio State spring/at-large honorees with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
The men’s volleyball team captured its first NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship, becoming only one of three squads outside the West to do so, and finished the season as the No. 1 team in the AVCA Men’s Division I-II Top 15 Poll for the first time in program history. OSU entered the NCAA Championship as the event’s No. 3 seed, knocking off No. 2 seed Penn State, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals before securing a dramatic 3-2 victory over No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in the title tilt. Ohio State ended 2011 with a 26-6 overall record, its fifth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIVA) regular season title with an 11-1 league mark, and the MIVA Tournament title, while being ranked in the Top 10 of the Top 15 Poll for every week of the season. In addition, coach Pete Hanson mentored the NCAA Tournament MVP and AVCA First-Team All-American Steven Kehoe.
The fourth-ranked men’s tennis team finished the season with a 34-3 record, advancing to the second NCAA semifinal in program history. The 34 team wins were the fourth-most in program history and the 2011 senior class concluded its career with some of the best numbers in Ohio State history. Four-year players Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa own the program’s most wins all-time (140), most NCAA wins all-time (14), claimed a 55-0 all-time Big Ten record and never lost at home with an 73-0 ledger. The class leaves Ohio State with four Big Ten regular-season and four Big Ten tournament titles.
The women’s track team won the first Big Ten indoor title in program history in February and followed that historic first by winning its first Big Ten outdoor title in program history this spring. In recognition of their outstanding individual efforts, junior All-American Christina Manning and head coach Karen Dennis were honored by the Big Ten Conference as Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
The synchronized swimming team was crowned U.S. Senior National champions at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion after scoring 64 points for the title. The 27-time U.S. Collegiate champions continued their domination by taking the top spot in each routine they competed at the National Championships.