Distinction is third for O’Keefe in her career at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior Caitlin O’Keefe of the Ohio State women’s tennis team was honored by the Big Ten Conference with the 2008 Sportsmanship Award. The distinction is the third for O’Keefe in her career as a Buckeye.

11 student-athletes, one from each Big Ten school, are chosen because they have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

O’Keefe also won the award in 2006 as a sophomore and in 2007 as a junior. Her senior season has been her most successful both personally and for the team. O’Keefe now stands at 20-10 in singles and 21-7 in doubles competition this season and has led the Buckeyes to their highest rank since 2003.