June 21, 2019

McKenna, Nolan Earn Academic All-America Accolades

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joey McKenna (wresting) and Kelsey Nolan (field hockey) have been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic-All America At-Large Team, the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) announced on Friday. McKenna was one of only three wrestlers nationally to haul in the award while Nolan represented the lone field hockey student-athlete.

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McKenna, a Second Team choice, continues to add to his recognitions list and tack on to his senior season resume which already includes the Russ Hellickson Award, Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award, NWCA Scholar All-American and Academic All-Big Ten distinction. On the mat, he advanced to the NCAA finals after winning his fourth consecutive conference crown at the Big Ten Championships. McKenna corralled a 24-3 overall mark with eight major decision, four tech falls and four pins during his senior campaign. He walked across the graduation stage in May, leaving Ohio State with an Operations Management degree in-hand.

Nolan, who graduated in the fall with a dual degree in Linguistics and TESOL Education and a 4.0 grade-point average, is a Third Team selection and is the first player in program history to earn the selection. The 2018 team captain played in 44 career games as a Buckeye, recording four goals and five assists while donning the Scarlet & Gray. A First Team All-Big Ten and First Team NFHCA All-West Region performer, Nolan is also Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Her final season was highlighted by a game-winning shot in a regular season shoot-out victory over Rutgers and then dishing out the assist for the Buckeyes’ double overtime win over the Scarlet Knights to reach the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Nominations are limited to four nominees per gender per school in the at-large program. In order for a student-athlete to be nominated, he/she must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games.

The at-large teams include men’s and women’s fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo, women’s beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey, and rowing and men’s volleyball and wrestling.