Feb. 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ten members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team have been named WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2012-13. White Bear Lake, Minn., native Madison Marcotte (Jr., D) and Espoo, Finland product Minttu Tuominen (Sr., F) are both second-time recipients of the award.

First time honorees include: Becky Allis (Jr., D, West Olive, Mich.); Stacy Danczak (So., G, Macedonia, Ohio); Taylor Kuehl (So., F, Minnetrista, Minn.); Kari Schmitt (So., D, Canton, Mich.); Sara Schmitt (So., D, Canton, Mich.); Paige Semenza (Sr., F, Pittston, Pa.); Kayla Sullivan (So., F, Flower Mound, Texas); Kim Theut (Sr., F, Harrison Township, MI).

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, through Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, Associate Commissioner Sara R. Martin, Michigan Technological University Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret (Chair, men’s league) and University of Minnesota Duluth Faculty Representative Al Mensinger (Chair, women’s league) has announced a record total of 114 men’s and women’s student-athletes that make up the eighth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2012-13. The previous record for honorees in one season was 110 in 2011-12.

“The announcement of our annual WCHA Scholar-Athletes is always a very special time of the year,” said McLeod, Martin, Sanregret and Mensinger in a joint statement. “It is an opportunity for both the Association and our member teams to publically acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of these young men and women and pay tribute to the amount of time, hard work and dedication each of them put into their already demanding schedules as student-athletes. Achieving this high honor is a remarkable tribute to every one of them and on behalf of the entire WCHA family, we wish them all the success in the world.”

The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through Association member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership beginning with the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.

Over the first eight years of the award, there have now been 639 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing all 12 men’s-member and all eight women’s-member institutions. Fifty-four (54) of this season’s 114 men’s and women’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes are repeat honorees, including two four-time recipients and 21 three-time honorees.

Ohio State travels to North Dakota this weekend for its final road series of the regular season. Game times are set for 8:07 p.m. ET both Friday and Saturday.