July 1, 2020

Four From Field Hockey Are Big Ten Distinguished Scholars


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four field hockey players were among the 164 Ohio State student-athletes who earned the prestigious honor of being named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars on Wednesday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.70 or better grade-point average for the academic year.

The Buckeye honorees were: Mara Hunter (public management, leadership and policy), Adelaide Penzone (marketing), Sina Schwinn (psychology) and Julianna Sweeney (animal sciences).

Hunter, a rising senior from Powell, Ohio, enters her final season as a veteran of 24 career games and a two-time member of NFHCA National Academic Squad. Last summer, she was part of the Bucks Go Pro 1.0 class and interned with trademark and licensing.

Penzone graduated this past May with her degree in marketing and, like Hunter, spent the summer of 2019 interning as part of the Bucks Go Pro 1.0 class. She worked on the Ohio State Athletics digital media team and stayed on with the group during the 2019-20 academic year.

Schwinn, who came to Ohio State from Rheinbach, Germany, will be a junior this fall and has started every game in her career – 38 to be exact. She’s also been a member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad in both 2018 and 2019.

Sweeney’s a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree who is a rising seniors. She’s been on the NFHCA National Academic Squad each year of her career at Ohio State and spent 10 days in early 2020 exploring Italy as part of the ‘Human and Animal Interactions’ study abroad trip.

Ohio State led the conference with a record total of 164 honorees, surpassing the 131 recognized in 2018-19. This is the fifth consecutive year Ohio State has led the Big Ten in total recipients.