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May 26, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State student-athletes were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV At-Large team Thursday as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Fencer Jason Rogers and diver Mitch Richeson were named first team, while diver Kellen Harkness earned second-team honors.

Rogers and Richeson are now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced next month.

Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.), who was also a first-team academic all-district selection in 2003, was a second-team All-American last season and helped lead the Buckeye fencing squad to a second-place finish at the national championships. A psychology major with a 3.94 GPA, Rogers placed fifth at the 2005 national championships after posting a 25-3 record in the regular season. He was a member of the 2004 United State Olympic Team and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in senior men’s sabre. Rogers was a first-team All-American in 2003 and 2004.

Richeson, a senior computer science and engineering major with a 3.98 GPA, is a three-time NCAA qualifier and a two-time All-American. A native of Greenwood, Ind., Richeson was a first-team Academic All-American last year. He claimed the 2005 Big Ten Championship title in the 1-meter springboard competition and a second-place finish in the 3-meter springboard at the conference meet. Richeson is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete all four years. Richeson was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor for attaining the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. At the 2005 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Richeson placed seventh and eighth in the 1- and 3-meter events, respectively, to earn All-America honors.

Harkness, a sophomore from Puyallup, Wash., is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and carries a 3.90 GPA in operations management and business. Harkness placed 14th, eighth and 17th in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events, respectively, at the 2005 conference championships. He qualified for the NCAA championships with a 10th-place finish in the 1-meter and a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter at the regional qualifying meet in Lafayette, Ind. During his second appearance at the national competition, Harkness placed 22nd in both the 1- and 3-meter events.