Gabriela Cecchini, a senior on the Ohio State women’s fencing team, has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team. As a first team selection, she advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. 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. She was a member of three MFC team overall championships along with a women’s team title in 2020 when overall team champions were not recognized.
Cecchini is a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top senior male and female student-athletes on each Big Ten campus. She 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, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. In addition, Cecchini received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the Buckeye fencing program in 2019.