Week-long series on Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists begins today with Siobhan Byrne, a senior fencer from Germany. She is a four-time All-American and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Hometown: Eislingen, Germany
Major: Health Information Management and Systems
Sport: Women’s Fencing
Future Plans – “Immediately following graduation, I will be preparing for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. I will start a part-time internship at the OSU Medical Center and pursue Graduate School for either an MBA or MHA.”
Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten
Four-Time OSU Scholar-Athlete
Summa Cum Laude
Four-Time All-American (first-team in 2005 and 2008)
World University Games 15th place (2007)
Senior World Championships 29th (2006)
Junior European Championships Bronze Medal (2002)
Junior World Cups Two Silver Medals (2002)
The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor
In 1914 the Conference established a Medal of Honor to be awarded annually at each member institution to a student in the graduating class. An additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. Chosen by the Athletic Council, the winners of this most prestigious award are the male and female senior student-athletes who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. This honor includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship which can be used at an institution of the recipient’s choice.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients will be announced at the 2008 OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the ColumbusConvention Center Wednesday, May 21.
Coming Thursday … Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists Series Parts 3 and 4 – Dan DeLucia, baseball, and Lara Dickenmann, women’s soccer.
About Ohio State Athletics
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams 17 for women, 16 for men and three co-educational. The department is committed to providing its more than 900 student-athletes with the finest in academic and athletics support in order to ensure a quality and life-enhancing experience. The Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. In Fiscal Year 2007-08, the Department of Athletics will transfer back to the University more than $25 million in assessments, including nearly $17 million in grant-in-aid costs.