July 1, 2020

Pooley and Preston Earn B1G Distinguished Scholar Honors


Rising senior Austin Pooley and rising junior Quinn Preston of the Ohio State men’s hockey team have both earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades for 2019-20, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday.

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full time at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career.

This is the second year in a row Pooley, from Dublin, Ohio, has been named a B1G Distinguished Scholar. The finance major is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. An alternate captain in 2019-20, he played in all 36 games and had a career-high nine assists and 12 points, leading the team with a +11 mark.

Preston, from Trenton, Mich., earned Academic All-Big Ten honors this season and is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. The sport industry major had 26 points in 2019-20, with 15 goals to rank second on the team and tie for fourth in the Big Ten.

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