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Three Buckeyes Named to Academic All-District At-Large Teams

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

May 17, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large teams, CoSIDA announced. Gymnast Michael Newburger, fencer Max Stearns and swimmer Michelle Williams all earned a spot on the first team. All three student-athletes move on to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

A native of Austin, Texas, Newburger earns his second consecutive Academic All-District At-Large recognition after claiming the 2013 NCAA Pommel Horse title, becoming the second gymnast in program history to win a title on the event and the first since Drew Durbin won three consecutive titles (1995-97). A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree and two-time All-American, Newburger claimed the 2013 Winter Cup Pommel Horse title while also winning four individual event titles and ranking No. 1 on pommel horse for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 18 – March 11) throughout the regular season.

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 postgraduate scholarships from both the NCAA and Big Ten, 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 an 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 native of Toronto, Ontario, Michelle Williams brings depth to the Buckeye contingent in freestyle and butterfly events. For the second-consecutive season she competed at the NCAA championships, ranking among the nation’s best in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. As a junior, Williams held Ohio State’s top time in the 50 freestyle (22.70) and 100 freestyle (49.62) events. She was part of the OSU varsity record-breaking 400 medley relay at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, which garnered her second team All-Big Ten recognition. A product of Vaughan Road Academy, Williams also is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipient. 

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