June 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State men's gymnast Michael Newburger and fencer Max Stearns have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team, CoSIDA announced. Ohio State and Army are the only schools with two first team representatives.
A native of Austin, Texas, Newburger earns his first Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team honor 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. Newburger holds a 3.95 GPA in physics and mathematics.
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 each term on the Dean's List. He graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA in political science and will attend the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State next fall.
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