COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six members of the 2017 Ohio State women’s soccer team have garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors, the Big Ten announced Tuesday. To earn the recognition, recipients must earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full-time at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades.
Graduate Nikki Walts, seniors Sydney Dudley and Emma Wangsness, along with junior Kylie Knight and sophomores Kaylee Karsh and Selina Vickery are six of 1,143 Big Ten student-athletes to earn the honor in 2017-18. The award marks the third for Dudley, second for Walts and Knight and the first for Wangsness, Karsh and Vickery. Vickery, a neuroscience major, also recorded the distinction of tallying a perfect 4.0 GPA.
The Buckeyes concluded the 2017 campaign with a 15-5-1 record and the first outright Big Ten championship in program history.