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Senior is one of 232 collegiate athletes to receive the distinction

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior second baseman Whitney Cooper was named an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, the National Strength and Conditioning Association announced March 31.

Nominated by Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Tom Palumbo, Cooper is one of 232 student-athletes from 106 schools to be selected for the honor.

“The success of the softball team can be attributed to, in part, by her leadership,” Palumbo said. “Her attitude of going all out, all of the time has strongly influenced the culture of the team. Whitney is an all-around athlete who won’t be easily replaced.”

Since joining the Buckeyes in 2007, Cooper has started for Ohio State in the infield in 161-of-165 career games. This season, she has notched a team-high eight doubles while adding five critical home runs, including a two run homer to jump start the Buckeye offense against No. 5 UCLA Feb. 28 en route to a 7-0 shutout.

Cooper and the No. 20/22 Buckeyes are in action this weekend, playing No. 18/19 Illinois at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday live on the Big Ten Network.