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Two-time All-American recognized for his work in the classroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jake Bateman, who completed his career on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team as a two-time All-American and team captain this season, was awarded an educational grant through the NCAA postgraduate scholarship program the NCAA announced Monday. Bateman is one of 58 winter-sport student-athletes to receive the one-time, nonrenewable grant. The biology major is on track to graduate from Ohio State this spring and has been accepted into dental school at the University of Memphis.

The postgraduate scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

“This is honor for Jake because he has worked so tremedously hard at both his academics and his sport all four years,” Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach, said. “He has done an All-America job at both.”

Bateman, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2006, is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time College Gymnastics Association First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. As a junior, the Kingsport, Tenn., native was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team and was a First Team Academic All-District honoree.
 
In the gym, Bateman, a 2009 Nissen-Emery Award finalist, finished his collegiate career earning All-America honors on rings with a fourth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA championships. A season ago, he placed sixth in the all-around to earn his first national laurel. A 2008 and 2009 first-team All-Big Ten selection, Bateman finished third in the all-around at the Big Ten championships and placed in four-of-five qualified event finals at the league championships this season.

Bateman is one of two male gymnasts to receive a scholarship and one of three student-athletes from a Big Ten school.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the Diversity and Inclusion link under the “About the NCAA” tab at www.ncaa.org.

2008-09 Men’s Winter Sports Awardees

Recipient

Sport

Institution

Mark Anderson

Ice Hockey

Colgate

Jake Bateman

Gymnastics

Ohio State

Alec Bonander

Wrestling

Luther

Harrison Brown

Swimming

Emory

Paul Crook

Swimming

Washington and Lee

Robert Dekker

Swimming

Kalamazoo

Keith Diggs

Swimming

Emory

Jason Dunford

Swimming

Stanford

Andrew Gardella

Wrestling

Case Western

Kevin Greer

Swimming

Alabama

Andrew Hickey

Rifle

Nevada

Paul Hogan

Swimming

New York U.

Kyle Holliday

Basketball

Ohio Wesleyan

John Kegelman

Swimming

Johns Hopkins

Theodore Marschall

Swimming

Carleton

Brandon Mason

Wrestling

Oklahoma St.

Bryan Mullins

Basketball

Southern Ill.

Sho Nakamori

Gymnastics

Stanford

Joel Patch

Basketball

Susquehanna

David Pearson

Swimming

Gustavus Adolphus

Bryan Pelka

Swimming

Carthage

Peter Truszkowski

Fencing

Duke

Andrew Roland

Rifle

Kentucky

Craig Sheedy

Swimming

Arizona

Jesse Wagstaff

Basketball

Metro St.

Travis Whipple

Basketball

Winona St.

Andrew Wicke

Basketball

Belmont

Brett Winkelman

Basketball

North Dakota St.

Benjamin Youel

Wrestling

North Central

 

2008-09 Women’s Winter Sports Awardees

Recipient

Sport

Institution

Anna Atkinson

Basketball

Wingate

Melanie Auguste

Basketball

Colorado College

Jennifer Basel

Swimming

SMU

Amie Boles

Gymnastics

Texas Woman’s

Elizabeth Carlton

Swimming

Kenyon

Keli Coleman

Indoor track

Augustana (Illinois)

Lamarra Currie

Indoor track

Charlotte

Heather Dorniden

Indoor track

Minnesota

Elisabeth Driscoll

Indoor track

Montana St.

Laura Hermanson

Indoor track

North Dakota St.

Amanda Hiltunen

Basketball

Randolph-Macon

Kristen Hohl

Swimming

Denison

Courtney Kupets

Gymnastics

Georgia

Christine Magnuson

Swimming

Tennessee

Tracy Menzel

Swimming

Kenyon

Betsy Miller

Indoor track

Nebraska

Brittany Parker

Gymnastics

Texas Woman’s

Ashley Puga

Indoor track

Northwest Nazarene

Rachel Regone

Swimming

Clemson

Abigail Rogers

Gymnastics

Air Force

Jennifer Shaughnessy

Swimming

Minnesota

Ashley Shepard

Gymnastics

North Carolina St.

Theresa Simcic

Swimming

Shippensburg

Sara Smith

Swimming

Virginia Tech

Sarah Stevens

Indoor track

Arizona St.

Eleanor Waite

Indoor track

Rice

Elizabeth Webb

Indoor track

Washington and Lee