June 8, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Four more Ohio State student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All-America, voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division I Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams. Christy Blough (men’s volleyball), Francesca Di Lorenzo (women’s tennis), Eleanor Harvey (fencing) and Kyle Snyder (wrestling) each earned the CoSIDA Academic All-America laurels.
Blough is a member of the First Team for the second straight season, complimented with back-to-back NCAA national championships on the court. The Ontario, N.Y., native steered the Buckeyes to consecutive crowns as the starting setter and ranks inside the Top-5 in school history with over 4,000 career assists. Blough cleaned up at the 2017 OSU Scholar-Athlete Banquet, named the recipient of both the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award and Varsity O Scholarship a few weeks before also being awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor (given to just 28 B1G student-athletes annually). In addition to earning the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship, Blough also has been nominated by OSU for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship after completing his biomedical engineering undergraduate degree.
Snyder picked up Second Team accolades following his second consecutive NCAA championship at heavyweight. The sport industry major has won 28 straight collegiate matches dating back to the 2015-16 season. Snyder has also won two Big Ten titles, helping the Buckeyes capture the team title this past winter. On the international scene, Snyder became the youngest wrestling champion in United State history when he won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. In the process, he also became the first active Ohio State student-athlete to earn gold since Jerry Lucas (basketball) in 1960.
Di Lorenzo and Harvey are both Third Team selections. Di Lorenzo is studying sport industry while Harvey is a psychology major.
Di Lorenzo, hailing from New Albany, Ohio, paired with Miho Kowase to win the program’s first NCAA doubles title. Di Lorenzo, who earned All-America honors in singles and doubles, is a finalist for the 2017 Honda Sport Award once again after finishing the season slotted No. 1 in the final ITA national rankings. The Big Ten Player of the Year went 27-1 this spring and was 10-0 in Big Ten matches, all on court one, with a 37-2 mark overall in 2016-17. She added a 29-3 doubles ledger to her First Team All-Big Ten campaign.
Harvey, from Hamilton, Ontario, went 45-8 overall in her final season as a Buckeye in women’s foil, helping guide the team to a second straight NCAA runner-up finish. She advanced to the NCAA semifinals, posting a 19-4 record in Indianapolis, Ind. The 2016 NCAA women’s foil champion, Harvey is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Harvey also represented Team Canada in individual competition at the Rio Olympics and upset the world No. 1 in women’s foil, finishing seventh overall.