Each year, the Big Ten Conference awards the Big Ten Medal of Honor to the most outstanding male and female senior student-athlete on each B1G campus. Jincy Dunne, a women’s hockey player, is one of four women’s finalists for the 2020 award.
A native of O’Fallon, Mo., and defenseman on the women’s ice hockey team, Jincy Dunne ended her career as a three-time AHCA All-American, with two first team accolades. She is the fourth defensive player in the past decade to be a first or second team All-American three times. She is one of just two Buckeyes to earn First Team All-WCHA honors three times and received the league’s defensive player of the year honor as both a junior and senior. Dunne became the only Buckeye to be named First Team All-USCHO after being selected Second Team and Third Team her junior and sophomore seasons. Dunne finished her career with 99 points, putting her third all-time among Buckeye blueliners.
A WCHA Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Dunne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in Spring 2019 and is enrolled in the sports coaching master’s program.
The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100-plus years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.