COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday the 2018-19 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and the Buckeyes were well represented. A total of 131 Ohio State student-athletes received the honor.
Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must have earned 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 GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career.
Of the 131 Buckeyes honored, 19 of them achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA including Makayla Waterman (women’s basketball), Lainey Studebaker (women’s cross country), Ethan Edwards (fencing), Benjamin Marcus (fencing), Aleksandra Kolmykova (fencing), Joey Wilmot (men’s gymnastics), Nevin Adamski (women’s gymnastics), Lukas Buckley (men’s lacrosse), Emily Skrzypczak (women’s lacrosse), Anjali Fernandes (rowing), Michaela Nordhaus (rowing), Kylie Knight (women’s soccer), Lexxe Lipsey (women’s soccer), Selina Vickery (women’s soccer), Kat Duvall (softball), Reed McGraw (men’s swimming & diving), Lara Tarvit (women’s swimming & diving), Sarah Walsh (synchronized swimming), and Lauren Witte (women’s volleyball).
This year’s group of 131 student-athletes surpasses last year’s OSU record total of 129. This is also the fourth consecutive year in which Ohio State has led the Big Ten in total recipients.