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.