Aug. 11, 2003
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State Varsity “O” Association will induct 11 new members into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The inductions will take place the weekend of September 12 and 13, when the Buckeye football team plays host to North Carolina State. A total of 54 women have been inducted since 1993 and 204 men have been honored since 1977.
The 2003 class includes: Britta Eickhoff (Field Hockey), Becky Jasontek (Synchronized Swimming), Emily Marsh (Synchronized Swimming), Julie Somers (Gymnastics), Jodelle (Jodie) Stranges (Soccer), Cris Carter (Football), Jack Lininger (Football), Tom Matte (Football), Korey Stringer (Football), Skip Van Bourgondien (Lacrosse) and Nick Wasylik (Football, Basketball and Baseball). Lininger and Wasylik are being inducted in the “Pioneer” category.
Britta Eickhoff (Field Hockey 1994, 1996-97) – Member of the German Junior National Team 1988-1990 … 1994 OSU Coaches Award recipient … 1994 Second Team All-Big Ten selection … missed the 1995 season due to injury … 1996 First Team All-Region, First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America selection … 1997 First Team All-America, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Big Ten pick … three-time letterwinner.
Becky Jasontek (Synchronized Swimming 1994-1997) – Four-time All-American … three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection … 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist … 1997 Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year … 1996 Collegiate Synchronized Swimmer of the Year …1994 OSU Most Improved Freshman … four-time Collegiate National team champion, three-time Collegiate National duet champion and a three-time Collegiate National trio champion … 1996 Swiss Open team champion … member of the 1999 U.S. Pan-American team … 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team alternate … 2003 U.S. National Team member.
Emily Marsh (Synchronized Swimming 1994-97) – Four-time All-American … member of 1997 U.S. National Team I …1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist … U.S. Junior National solo and figure champion in 1994 … four-time Collegiate National team champion and a six-time Collegiate National event champion … four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete…1996 Swiss Open team champion … three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree … member of the 1999 U.S. Pan-American team … 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team alternate.
Julie Somers (Gymnastics 1986-1989) – 1986, ’87 and ’88 Big Ten Vault Champion … received Senior Regional Gymnast of the Year honors in 1989… three-time Ann Carr Award winner …voted OSU Most Valuable Gymnast in 1987… All-American on the vault in 1987… Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1987, ’88 and ’89… received Academic All-America honors in 1989… four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete … Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist.
Jodelle (Jodie) Stranges (Soccer 1994-97) – Named the 2002 Touchdown Club/OSU Athlete of the Century for women’s soccer … Second Team All-American in 1996 … four-time All-Big Ten honoree … NSCAA Great Lakes Region First Team selection in 1996 and a second team pick in 1995 … received Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1995 … three-time MVP and two-time team captain … four-time letterwinner.
Cris Carter (Football 1984-86) – Caught 168 passes for 2,725 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons as a starter … set a Rose Bowl record with nine receptions for 127 yards in 1985 … ranks second among Ohio State leaders in career receptions per game (4.5) and career touchdowns (27) … ranks third in career receptions with 168 and in career yardage with 2,725 … first team All-Big Ten selection in 1985 and ’86 … received first-team All-America accolades in 1986 to become the first Ohio State wide receiver to win such acclaim … selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles … received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 1999 … named to OSU Football All-Century Team in 2000.
Jack Lininger (Football 1945, 1947-49) – Inducted posthumously … earned a starting position as both center and linebacker … after completing the 1945 school year joined the Army Corps of Engineers and returned for the 1947 season … Ohio State Most Outstanding Player in 1949 and won the Cleveland Press Trophy award.
Tom Matte (Football 1957-1960) – Started with the Buckeyes as a running back, but halfway through the 1958 season switched to the quarterback position … finished the 1959 season with 439 passing yards and 190 rushing yards … recorded 737 passing yards and 682 yards rushing for the 1960 season … First Team All-Big Ten quarterback, Team MVP, Football News All-American and East-West Shrine Game MVP in 1960 … was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Colts and played both running back and quarterback during his stay with the Colts.
Korey Stringer (Football 1992-94) – Inducted posthumously … two-time All-American tackle (1993 and ’94) and a two-time All-Big Ten tackle (1993 and ’94) … 1992 Big Ten Freshman of the Year…received Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 1993 … finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy … tremendous college player and a favorite of his teammates because of his easygoing attitude off the field … all business on the field and drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings … played for the Vikings for five seasons.
Skip Van Bourgondien (Lacrosse, 1971-73) – Ohio State’s first two-time lacrosse All-American (1971 and ’72 … scored 101 goals in his career as an attacker for the Buckeyes … led the team in points (40) and goals (30) in 1971 … posted 37 goals and 15 assists to lead the team in 1972…recorded 34 goals and six assists in 1973 … currently 12th in career points (132) and sixth (101) in career goals … selected All-Midwest in 1971, ’72 and ’73 … selected to the 1973 North-South All-Star game … two-time team captain.
Nick Wasylik (Football 1934-1937, Basketball 1934, Baseball 1935-1938) – Played quarterback for the Buckeyes and was a three-year letterman … versatile all-around athlete who also earned three letters in baseball and one in basketball … selected by the media as a member of the 1937 All-America Midwest team … served as the baseball team captain in 1938 … winner of the Potters Runmaker Cup in 1936 and 1938, symbolic of the team’s most productive offensive player … has always been considered one of the best all-around athletes in Ohio State history.