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Senior captain nabbed Corwin A. Fergus Memorial, Leann Grimes-Davidge Awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After earning her first All-Big Ten honor this spring, Hillary Dow, a senior captain on the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team, capped her final year as a Buckeye earning two major scholastic honors at the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete banquet Wednesday night.

The Yorktown, Va., native was named the Leann Grimes-Davidge award winner and also was one of four graduating student-athletes to receive the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award.

The Leann Grimes-Davidge Award is a tribute to Grimes-Davidge’s contributions to athletics at Ohio State. The honor is given annually to a female athlete who reflects Grimes-Davidge’s outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership. A member of the Ohio State women’s tennis team, Grimes-Davidge won four state and Big Ten titles. She graduated from OSU summa cum laude and received her master’s degree from Miami University where she served as the head women’s tennis coach.

Fergus scholars are male or female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, achieved academically (3.00 GPA minimum), demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in a graduate or professional program.

Established in 1967, the award is given in memory of Corwin A. Fergus, a member of the Ohio State football team (1912-14), a graduate of the Ohio State School of Law and later a successful businessman. The award reflects his strong commitment to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence and his positive contributions to society. The $5,000 postgraduate scholarships, which each are renewable for up to three years, can be utilized for graduate study or professional programs at Ohio State.

Joining Dow as scholar-athletes for the 2009-10 season were her teammates: Beth Ann Ballard, Rebecca Best, Colleen Dean, Sarah Gillespie, Nicole Krauter, Karissa Lam and Krissi Woodward.