June 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today (Sunday) is a big day as 123 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will receive their degrees at spring quarter commencement at Ohio Stadium. The ceremony will be streamed online: http://commencement.osu.edu/video.php.
Swimmer Andrew Elliott was a 2012 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner and a three-time Big Ten champion, All-Big Ten honoree and NCAA individual qualifier. Elliott was a 2011 All-American as a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams and holds the school record in the 100 and 200 backstroke. A team captain as a senior, Elliott was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and won the NCAA’s Elite 88 Award in 2010.
Diver Bianca Alvarez was an eight-time All-American and a 2012 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner. A two-time Big Ten champion and Big Ten Diver of the Year in 2012, Alvarez was the NCAA runner-up on 3-meter springboard. Alvarez was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She plans to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in medical science.
Joe Bonanni was a third team USILA All-American (just the fifth player in Ohio State history named to an All-American first, second or third team) as a senior in 2012 and was also named to the prestigious USILA Scholar All-America list. He is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He earned first team All-ECAC honors as a senior and was a second-team selection as a junior. A captain for Ohio State, he was a leader on the Buckeye defense that ranked fourth nationally and first in the ECAC in scoring defense. He ended his career with 55 career games played, starting 44 of the 45 games he played over the last three seasons. He had 73 groundballs and 41 caused turnovers (committing just eight turnovers in four years) as a Buckeye and added two goals.
Matt Kawamoto was an honorable mention All-American as a junior in 2011 when he was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. He and Bonanni were the first Buckeyes named USILA Scholar-All-Americans. An injury limited his playing time as a senior, but he saw action in 12 games, serving as a team captain, as the Buckeye defense was fourth in the nation in goals-allowed per game. He is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice and was a first team Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honoree. He played in 59 games as a Buckeye, starting in 39, and had 75 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers.
Rebecca Best was a three-time NCAA qualifier for the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team. A three-time All Big Ten selection, Best traveled as an alternate as a freshman before collecting second team All-America honors on floor in 2009 to become the sixth Buckeye to earn All-America honors. In 2011, Best qualified on balance beam after helping lead the Buckeyes to a third-place finish at the Ann Arbor Regional. Best was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Alayna Markwordt completed her career as the Ohio State women’s lacrosse record holder in career goals (181) and points (314) and was second all-time in assists (133) after scoring at least one point in 65-consecutive games, dating back to fourth game of freshman season. As a senior in 2012, she led the American Lacrosse Conference and was fourth in the NCAA in points per game (5.29) and fifth in assists per game (2.88), total points (90) and assists (49). Markwordt is a four-time All-ALC selection and is poised to become the third two-time All-American in Buckeye lacrosse history. After she graduates, the Woodbine, Md., native hopes to build on her undergraduate degree in dietetics with a master’s degree from Ohio State’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Shawn Sangrey was named a First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a senior after picking up second-team All-America accolades as a sophomore. He was a three-time first team All-MIVA selection (2012, 2011, 2010) and the 2012 MIVA Player of the Year. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2011 when Ohio State captured the first NCAA team title in program history. Sangrey was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten selection and MIVA Academic All-Conference honoree. Ohio State won the MIVA conference regular-season title each of the last six seasons.
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