May 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Today (Sunday) marks a major milestone for a number of current and former student-athletes as 111 Buckeyes will receive their degrees at spring semester commencement at Ohio Stadium. The ceremony will be streamed online: http://commencement.osu.edu/
Max Stearns, the 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, finished his Buckeye fencing career as a three-time All-American in sabre, including first-team honors during Ohio State's 2012 national championship run. His accomplishments on the fencing strip have been rivaled only by his achievements in the classroom. Stearns recently received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, as well as the NCAA's Elite 89 award in March, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. During his time at Ohio State, Stearns has been a OSU Scholar-Athlete and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, while spending seven terms on the Dean's List. He graduates with a 4.0 GPA in political science and will attend the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State next fall.
A 2012 team captain, Zach Boren made an incredibly selfless decision and an ultimate team move when, six games into his senior season, he moved from being a 30-game starter at fullback to playing linebacker because the team needed him at the position. That move - which occurred on the Tuesday practice after the Nebraska game - was a big reason the Buckeyes went 12-0 this season. Both sides of the ball thrived with Boren: on offense, Braxton Miller averaged 7.2 yards per carry with Boren playing fullback; 4.2 after Boren switched to linebacker. On defense, the Buckeyes allowed 386.5 yards per game before Boren arrived and 331.7 in his six games on defense, including four starts. Boren's efforts earned him a Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award and an ESPN/Kirk Herbstreit "Herbie".
Tiffany Cameron, a 2012 NSCAA second team All-American and two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, leaves Ohio State as the Buckeyes' all-time leading goal scorer with 40 and tallied 96 career points, also the most in school history. Cameron, who signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, led the Buckeyes with 21 goals in 2012, shattering the previous school record of 13. Cameron's nine game-winning goals were the most in the country and her 19 career game-winners tied for fourth-most in Big Ten history.
Ohio State's Amanda Furrer qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in dramatic fashion at the U.S. Olympic Trials last June in Ft. Benning, Ga. After building a 3.2-point lead after the first two days of competition, Furrer extended the lead to 7.1 after the first position of the final competition. However, after struggling in the second round of the day and leaving the door open for Sarah Scherer of Texas Christian University, the Spokane, Wash., native bounced back to post a 196 in the kneeling position to solidify her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for Shooting. Furrer, who placed 12th in the 50-meter three-position rifle in London, finished in the Top 10 nationally in smallbore rifle each season she competed for the Buckeyes.
Brady Hjelle became just the third Ohio State men's hockey player to earn First Team All-America accolades after an outstanding season in 2012-13. He was the 2012-13 First Team All-CCHA goaltender and was named the 2012-13 CCHA Goaltender of the Year based on his league-best 1.89 goals-against average in conference games. Overall, the Ohio state Scholar-Athlete had a 2.00 goals-against average (the second-best mark in Ohio State history) while he set the program standard with a .935 save percentage, ranking sixth in the NCAA.
Three-time team captain and letterwinner C.J. Magrum is a four-time NCAA championships qualifier who has collected more than 80 wins during his Buckeye career. Academically, Magrum, a 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, excelled, earning NWCA All-Academic Team, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten laurels three times. Magrum also is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
A four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American, Caitlin Stewart helped lead the Buckeyes to a pair of U.S. Collegiate championships in 2009 and 2010. A four-year member of the prestigious Buckeye "Scarlet Team," the four-time letterwinner (2007-10) also helped guide Ohio State to four consecutive North Regional titles. In 2007, Stewart captured the first of two duet regional titles as she performed the feat again in 2008. The following season in 2009, Stewart won her third-consecutive trio and team-routine regional titles after winning in 2007 and 2008 and soon after, secured a U.S. collegiate title in the trio event. That same season, Stewart went on to help the Buckeyes win the U.S. Senior National Championships title for the first time in program history behind the Scarlet Team's runner-up finish in the team routine. A team captain in 2010, Stewart wrapped up her career as a North Regional champion in the team event. Academically, Stewart, 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice and was a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Most recently, Stewart served as the U.S. duet alternate at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Redshirt senior John Tholen, a member of the Ohio State men's volleyball team, established himself as a leader on and off the court in the last two years. The two-time captain (2012, 2013) has been a member of four MIVA regular season championship teams and was a part of the program's first national championship in 2011. The Hilliard, Ohio, product garnered All-MIVA Second Team honors and was named to the MIVA All-Tournament team last season as he helped guide the squad to the program's sixth-straight MIVA regular season title. Tholen has thrived academically, collecting five MIVA All-Acadamic and three Academic All-Big Ten honors as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in 2012. Tholen will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and will take on a full-time engineering position with Mettler Toledo following graduation.
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