Gabriela Cecchini, a senior on the Ohio State women’s fencing team, was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic American for at-large sports Friday. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and the classroom.
Cecchini was a three-time All-American, with two second team accolades, and had two Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier, posting Top 5 finishes at NCAA Regionals each time she competed. Cecchini finished eighth at the 2018 NCAA Championships and ninth the following year; in 2020, she earned a return trip but was unable to compete when the championships were canceled. The team’s foil captain, she earned First Team All-Midwest Conference honors twice after finishing as runner-up in both 2019 and ’20 and was a 2020 Second Team All-Midwest Regional selection. She was a member of three MFC team championships along with a women’s team title in 2020 when overall team champions were not recognized.
Cecchini, a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top senior male and female student-athletes on each Big Ten campus, graduated with a double major in economics and political science and a minor in world literatures in Spring 2020. She earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades as well as three Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods. In addition, Cecchini received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the Buckeye women’s fencing program in 2019 and ’20.