November 15, 2022

Buckeye Spotlight – Nov. 15

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Week in and week out, Buckeye student-athletes raise the standard of excellence set at Ohio State, whether that be in competition, in the classroom or in the community. ‘Buckeye Spotlight’ recognizes student-athletes who had noteworthy accomplishments both in contests and beyond the box score.

This week, the NCAA released its annual Graduation Success Rate data. Ohio State posted a single-year score of 92, the second-highest in school history, behind only the 93 recorded last year. The scores from the last three years – 92/93/92 – mark the best three-year stretch for the university and the four-year rolling score (2012-15) is 91, an all-time high. Eleven teams increased their four-year GSR scores and seven – baseball, women’s fencing, women’s golf, men’s tennis, synchronized swimming, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis – posted perfect scores. Read more on the GSR HERE.

Throughout the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Ohio State Athletics continues to celebrate exceptional female student-athletes and women’s teams throughout history, highlighting a new moment or person every week. This week’s feature is on three-time All-American Sam Marder, one of the greatest power hitters in Buckeye softball history. Visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com to read more about her.

Here are this week’s Buckeye Spotlight student-athletes:

 Katelyn Abeln | Pistol | Sr. | Douglasville, Ga.

  • Abeln won gold in the 25m. pistol and teamed up with Henry Leverett to earn gold in the mixed team sport pistol event at the Shooting Championship of the America’s.
  • In the 25m pistol, Abeln finished with a final score of 22, seven point better than second place Laina Perez of Cuba.
  • Abeln’s win also earned an Olympic quota for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Kam Babb | Football | Gr. | St. Louis

  • Kam Babb was named the Buckeyes’ offensive player of the week after catching his first collegiate pass: an 8-yard touchdown reception from C.J. Stroud Saturday against Indiana.
  • Babb is a two-time team captain who also wears the Bill Willis Block O jersey because of his toughness, accountability and character.
  • He has come back from four knee surgeries to play for and lead the 2022 Buckeyes.
  • He was named the Orange Bowl’s Courage Award winner this week.

 Ruslan Gaziev | Men’s Swimming & Diving | Gr. | Toronto, Ontario

  • Ruslan Gaziev helped the Buckeyes to a 182-106 dual meet victory over Denison last Friday.
  • Gaziev won the 100 back with a time of 49.22 and finished first in the 100 fly with a time of 47.90.
  • He was on the first place 400 free relay team (3:02.66) and the third place 200 medley relay team (1:30.96).

Lena Hentschel | Women’s Swimming & Diving | Fr. | Berlin, Germany

  • Lena Hentschel won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives in OSU’s 180-108 dual meet win over Denison last Friday.
  • Hentschel earned an overall score of 310.05 in the 1-meter and a score of 315.68 in the 3-meter.
  • Both scores are NCAA Zones qualifying scores.

Emily Londot | Women’s Volleyball | Jr. | Utica, Ohio

  • Emily Londot led the Buckeyes to four-set wins at No. 15 Purdue and against No. 4 Nebraska last week, averaging 5.25 kills, 4.00 digs and a block per set and tallying two double-doubles on the week. For her performance, she was named GameChanger/AVCA Division I Player of the Week, the first Buckeye to be so honored since 2016.
  • Against the Boilermakers, Londot matched her season-high 19 kills (hitting .368) and added 11 digs and four blocks.
  • Against the Huskers, Londot totaled 23 kills (just one shy of her career-high), hitting .353, and had a career-high 21 digs in addition to four blocks. She had 12 kills in the first set alone, including back-to-back kills when the Buckeyes trailed 29-28 to set up set point.
  • These are her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season, leading the team. This season, Londot leads the team with 3.87 kills/set and 4.42 points/set, both of which rank fifth in the Big Ten. She’s also second on the team (leads non-liberos) with 2.53 digs/set.

Rebeka Mikulášiková | Women’s Basketball | Sr. | Nitra, Slovakia

  • Rebeka Mikulášiková led Ohio State to wins against No. 5/4 Tennessee and at Boston College last week, averaging 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 15-of-27 (.556) from the floor and 5-of-12 (.417) from long range.
  • Against the Lady Vols, Mikulášiková scored 17 points (just two shy of her previous career-high), led the Buckeyes with nine rebounds and matched her career-high three assists.
  • At Boston College, she scored a career-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds for the fourth double-double of her career. Mikulášiková shot 9-of-13 (.692) from the field and 3-of-4 (.750) from three-point range, again tying her career-high three assists.
  • The Buckeyes moved up to eighth in the weekly AP rankings on Monday following the 2-0 start to the season.

Kaleb Romero | Wrestling | r-Sr. | Mechanicsburg, Ohio 

  • Against Virginia Tech in the season opener, No. 4-ranked Kaleb Romero defeated No. 9 Hunter Bolen, 4-2, notching a ranked win for the Buckeyes.
  • The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes posted an 18-13 win over the No. 14 the Hokies.

 Emma Sears | Women’s Soccer | Sr. | Dublin, Ohio

  • Emma Sears scored the game-winning goal in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 victory over Bucknell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night.
  • The goal, which came in the 107th minute, was her team-leading ninth of the season.
  • She is fifth among Big Ten scorers with those nine goals and she leads the Big Ten in shots on goal per game.
  • Coupling that with her speed on the outside and passing ability, Sears has been a pivotal playmaker for the Buckeyes this season.

Brice Sensabaugh | Men’s Basketball | Fr. | Orlando, Fla.

  • The freshman has scored in double figures in each of his first two collegiate games, scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds in his collegiate debut and then adding 14 points in the win over Charleston Southern last Thursday.
  • He Is averaging 15.5 points per game, which is tied for tops on the team. He is also 11-of-20 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
  • Sensabaugh is part of a very talented freshman class and is known as a scorer. He has lived up to that billing through the first two games of his career.

 Akemi Von Scherr | Women’s Cross Country | Jr. | Laquinta, Calif.

  • Akemi Von Scherr helped the Buckeyes clinch an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, as the squad was the runner-up at Friday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
  • Von Scherr was fourth for the Buckeyes and 32nd overall in a time of 20:54.4, passing her personal best of 20:57.1, set at Texas A&M earlier this year.
  • She has been among the Buckeyes’ Top 5 finishers in all seven races this season.
  • The Buckeyes will be making their second trip to the NCAA Championships as a team. This is the squad’s second automatic berth. The national meet will be at 10:20 a.m. ET Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., televised by ESPNU.