May 15, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four outstanding Ohio State student-athletes have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Teams. Christy Blough of the men’s volleyball team and wrestler Kyle Snyder are two of 10 selections on the men’s team, while Francesca Di Lorenzo of the women’s tennis team and fencer Eleanor Harvey were named to the 10-person women’s team. To be nominated, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore with a grade-point average of 3.3 or better and be a major contributor to his or her team. All-District nominees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team honorees will be selected later this month.
Di Lorenzo, a sophomore from New Albany, Ohio, has been ranked first in the NCAA all spring and was named Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten for the second straight campaign while playing on court one for the Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Buckeyes. She is 25-1 this spring and was 10-0 in Big Ten matches, all on court one, with a 35-1 mark overall in 2016-17. She won two ITA national titles in the fall, claiming the Riviera All-American crown and defending her National Indoor title. The No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, Ohio State will face South Carolina Friday in the Round of 16 after two home wins over the weekend. She is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA singles championship and an NCAA Doubles qualifier with Kowase as the nation’s 18th-ranked duo; both championships begin after the conclusion of the team tournament. Di Lorenzo, a sport industry major, is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will earn Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Blough steered the Ohio State men’s volleyball program to back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2016 and 2017 to wrap up his collegiate athletics career. The native of Ontario, N.Y., ranks inside the Top 5 all-time in school history with over 4,000 career assists to his name. The 2016-17 AVCA All-America Second Team selection jumped up to the first team for the Academic All-America squad. 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.
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.
A junior from Woodbine, Md., Snyder has a 3.60 GPA as a sport industry major. This past March, he claimed his second consecutive NCAA championship at heavyweight and 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.