June 13, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior fencer Jason Rogers has been named a first-team Academic All-American for the second-consecutive year by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and sponsored by ESPN The Magazine. Rogers earned a spot on the men's at-large team, while accompanying him was OSU junior diver Kellen Harkness, who received third-team honors.
Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned national academic honors three of his four years at Ohio State. His sophomore year (2002-03) he earned second-team Academic All-America honors before being named a first-team selection as a junior (2004-05). A member of the U.S. Olympic team in Athens in 2004, Rogers received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for OSU this year.
Rogers finished his career with a grade point average of 3.96 in psychology. He also placed third at the NCAA national championships, giving him All-America honors after posting an overall record of 15-5 during the regular season. Rogers posted a career record of 87-8 in dual meet action and finished fifth or better at the NCAA championships each of his four years.
Harkness (Puyallup, Wash.) earned third-team Academic All-America honors for the first time. Harkness is a management major and owns a 3.88 GPA. He placed fifth on the 3-meter springboard event at the 2006 NCAA championships to earn All-America honors. He finished second on the 3-meter springboard event at the 2006 Big Ten championships and has attended the NCAA championships in each of his first three years.
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