May 14, 2020

Student-Athletes Receive Ohio State Degrees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – This spring, 173 Ohio State student-athletes received degrees from Ohio State. The complete list of graduates is available HERE and in the table below.

The 173 graduates include NCAA and Big Ten champions, All-Americans and record breakers.

Among the standouts …

  • Gymnast Olivia Aepli was the 2019 Big Ten champion on vault. The marketing graduate was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team twice and was a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten selection.
  • Fencer Gabriela Cecchini, a double major in economics and political science, was a three-time All-American and three-time NCAA fencing qualifier. She had two Top 10 NCAA finishes and was a two-time First Team All-MFC honoree.
  • Nick Gray, who earned his degree in biology, is an 11-time Big Ten champion, earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year honors and was named B1G Athlete of the Championships twice. Gray broke Ohio State great Jesse Owens’ 80-year old 100m dash record time of 10.20s.
  • Tre Leclaire and Ryan Terefenko of the men’s lacrosse team have both earned All-America honors three times and Leclaire is currently No. 2 in goal scoring in Ohio State history. The sport industry graduates both will return to Ohio State next year and pursue master’s degrees.
  • Fencing captain Sarah Merza, who earned her degree in psychology, was a four-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, with three Top 7 NCAA finishes. She won three Midwest Fencing Conference championships.
  • Tanner Laczynski, an All-American on the men’s hockey team, was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American. Laczynski, a sport industry graduate who signed with the NHL Philadelphia Flyers after the Buckeyes’ season ended, was second in career points among all 2019-20 NCAA skaters.
  • Swimmer Andrew Loy, who earned his degree in marketing, earned First Team All-America honors in nine events combined in 2019 and ’20. He is a two-time Big Ten champion.
  • Sade Olatoye, a health sciences graduate in the track and field program, won the 2019 NCAA weight title. The 2019 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, she is a two-time Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and a five-time Big Ten champion. Olatoye is seeking a spot on the Nigerian Summer Olympics team.
  • Luke Pletcher was the No. 1 seed for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships before they were cancelled. The sport industry graduate was a Big Ten champion and four-time NCAA qualifier, with a 108-21 career record. He reached the Big Ten final three times.
  • Kyle Veris received his degree in human development and family science through the degree completion proram. A member of the men’s soccer team from 2004-06 and two-time All-Big Ten selection, Veris was a 2006 MLS draft pick, selected 25th overall to the LA Galaxy.

The Buckeyes had an outstanding year in the classroom, with 647 named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. In addition, 206 have received Academic All-Big Ten honors, with spring and at-large sports to be recognized later this spring.

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