Buckeyes Claim Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Accolades
All-American Michael Newburger posted a 4.0 grade-point average for 2011-12.

July 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State placed 58 student-athletes on the 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list, released today by the Big Ten Conference. Student-athletes on the list must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their school and earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

The Buckeyes women’s swimming and diving program led the way with eight honorees, followed by women’s soccer with six and rowing and fencing with five each. Five Buckeyes posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages over the year – Nina Passen (field hockey), Michael Newburger (men’s gymnastics), Melissa Rennie (softball), Katie Simonton (softball) and Chelsea Aton (synchronized swimming). Sophomore Aaron Craft is the only men’s basketball player in the conference to be named a distinguished scholar this year.

For the 2011-12 academic year, a record 548 Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and Ohio State led the conference with 312 Academic All-Big Ten selections.

2011-12 Ohio State Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Name, Sport Year Major Hometown
Tim Wetzel, Baseball So. Human Nutrition Mayfield, Ohio
Aaron Craft, Basketball So. Exercise Science Findlay, Ohio
Amy Scullion, Basketball So. Exercise Science Education Salem, Ohio
Dan White, CC/Track & Field Sr. Marketing Brunswick, Ohio
Mallory Kreider, CC/Track & Field So. Human Dev. & Family Science Kingsville, Ohio
Samuel Hardwicke-Brown, Fencing So. Fashion & Retail Studies Edmonton, Alberta
Gavin Medley, Fencing So. Mechanical Eng. Santa Fe, N.M.
Emily Cheng, Fencing Sr. English Sacramento, Calif.
Allison Henvick, Fencing Sr. International Studies San Francisco, Calif.
Caroline Piasecka, Fencing So. International Business Admin. Oslo, Norway
Nina Passen, Field Hockey So. Pharmaceutical Sciences Columbus, Ohio
Logan Jones, Golf So. Biology Dublin, Ohio
Michael Newburger, Gymnastics Jr. Mathematics Austin, Texas
Alex DeLuca, Gymnastics So. Food Business Mgmt. Longwood, Fla.
Nicole Krauter, Gymnastics Sr. Medical Dietetics Carmel, Ind.
Danny Dries, Ice Hockey Sr. Personalized Study Program Lake Orion, Mich.
Jeff Michael, Ice Hockey Jr. BS In Business Admin. Hilliard, Ohio
Kelly Wild, Ice Hockey Sr. Psychology Mendota Heights, Minn.
Tyler Frederick, Lacrosse So. Finance Reisterstown, Md.
Rachel Blue, Lacrosse Jr. Molecular Genetics Monticello, Minn.
A.J. Tourigny, Rifle & Pistol So. Political Science Fitchburg, Mass.
Ulrike Denker, Rowing Sr. Master of Accounting Essen, Germany
Julie Dick, Rowing Jr. Political Science Whitehouse, Ohio
Claudia Herpertz, Rowing Sr. Psychology Meissen, Germany
Kara Shropshire, Rowing Sr. Hospitality Mgmt. Cincinnati, Ohio
Taylore Urban, Rowing So. Human Nutrition Medina, Ohio
Alex Ivanov, Soccer So Electrical & Computer Eng. Strongsville, Ohio
Katie Baumgardner, Soccer Sr. Sport & Leisure Studies Sterling, Va.
Colleen Brady, Soccer Sr. Health Sciences Program Dublin, Ohio
Lauren Cusick, Soccer Sr. Human Nutrition Hillsborough, N.J.
Caitlyn Martin, Soccer Sr. Accounting Dublin, Ohio
Kendyl Reed, Soccer So. Accounting Worthington, Ohio
Danielle Scoliere, Soccer Sr. Marketing Dublin, Ohio
Alicia Herron, Softball Sr. Speech & Hearing Science Cypress, Calif.
Brittany Mills, Softball Jr. Economics Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Melissa Rennie, Softball So. Exploration Wellington, Ohio
Katie Simonton, Softball Sr. Human Dev. & Family Science Dublin, Ohio
Andrew Elliott, Swimming & Diving Sr. Marketing Granger, Ind.
Michael Gallagher, Swimming & Diving So. Biology S&usky, Ohio
Andrew Spurling, Swimming & Diving Jr. Actuarial Science Cincinnati, Ohio
Kristen Asman, Swimming & Diving Sr. Exercise Science Education Columbus, Ohio
Jacqueline Brousseau, Swimming & Diving Jr. Political Science Thous& Oaks, Calif.
Shannon Draves, Swimming & Diving Jr. Human Dev. & Family Science Gilbertsville, Pa.
Kristyn Fulcher, Swimming & Diving So. Exploration Upper Arlington, Ohio
Lauren Massey, Swimming & Diving Jr. Biochemistry Indianapolis, Ind.
Kelsey Moran, Swimming & Diving Jr. Psychology Lakewood, Ohio
Lisa Spurling, Swimming & Diving So. Exploration Cincinnati, Ohio
Michelle Williams, Swimming & Diving So. Exercise Science Education Toronto, Ontario
Chelsea Aton, Synchronized Swimming So. Actuarial Science Noblesville, Ind.
Kevin Metka, Tennis So. Engineering Worthington, Ohio
Nelson Vick, Tennis Jr. Biological Sciences Grafton, Wis.
Kara Cecil, Tennis Jr. Sport & Leisure Studies Plant City, Fla.
Nick Gibson, Volleyball Jr. Health Info. Mgmt. & Systems Shorewood, Wis.
Peter Heinen, Volleyball So. Actuarial Science Wauwatosa, Wis.
Coleman Palm, Volleyball So. Psychology Manhattan Beach, Calif.
John Tholen, Volleyball Sr. Mechanical Eng. Hilliard, Ohio
Emily Danks, Volleyball Jr. Communication Round Rock, Texas
C.J. Magrum, Wrestling Sr. Communication Oak Harbor, Ohio

Student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs in bold