May 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team had another outstanding year in the classroom for the 2011-12 academic campaign. A total of 38 student-athletes from the team were named either an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten Conference or both this season.
Under the direction of coach Bill Wadley, the men’s swimming team was honored by Men’s Varsity O at the 45th-annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner last week for having the most improved team grade-point average and the top team GPA among men’s programs.
Senior swimmer Andrew Elliott won the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor at the annual academic recognition dinner. Each member institution in the conference gives the award annually to the male and female athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. The Big Ten Conference office established the award in 1914 for men and an additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. This honor includes a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
A native of Granger, Ind., Elliott is a three-time Big Ten Champion, winning the 200 backstroke in both 2011 and 2012 and claiming the 100 backstroke title in 2010. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree and the school record holder in the 200 and 100 backstroke, he was a three-time NCAA individual qualifier and earned All-America honors as part of the 400 and 200 medley relay teams in 2011. A standout student as a marketing major who plans to attend graduate school for sport management, he was the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 88 Award in 2010 when he had the highest grade-point average for an athlete competing at the NCAA championships. A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, as well as a team captain as a senior, he was a member of the 2010 squad that won Ohio State's first Big Ten team title in 54 years. Elliott was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team last Friday.
Elliott and senior diver Sean Moore, each earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships this spring. Moore also received the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award. Fergus scholars are male or female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, achieved academically (3.00 GPA minimum), demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in a graduate or professional program.
In addition to being a Fergus Scholar, Moore was the recipient of the Men's Varsity O Scholarship Award. The ideal candidate maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher during undergraduate studies, earned a varsity letter and performed community service.
The list of OSU Scholar-Athletes for the 2011-12 school year includes (individuals with an asterisk – must be sophomore academically – were also named Academic All-Big Ten Conference for having at least 3.30 GPA).
* Andrew Elliott – Marketing; Granger, Ind.
* Lincoln Fahrbach – Family Resource Management; Fremont, Ohio
* Brent Hitchcock – Biology; Springfield, Ohio
Austin Mudd – Molecular Genetics; Fishers, Ind.
* Stephen Sakaris – Psychology; Potomac, Md.
* Markus Sievers – Electrical Engineering; Hamburg, Germany
* Steven Springer – Marketing; Cincinnati, Ohio
* Andrew Spurling – Actuarial Science; Cincinnati, Ohio
* Bo J. Wullings – Psychology; Amsterdam, Netherlands
* Zach Birnbrich – Mechanical Engineering; Anthem, Ariz.
* Zach Holmes – Journalism; Houston, Texas
* Andrew Keily – Sport & Leisure Studies; Houston, Texas
* Blaine Kincaid – Biology; Springfield, Ohio
* Luke Stirton – Journalism – Sydney, New South Wales
* Michael Gallagher – Biology; Sandusky, Ohio
* Christian Holstein – Exploration; Columbus, Ohio
Alex Miller – Engineering; Cincinnati, Ohio
* Jacob Schuster – Engineering; Dublin, Ohio
* David Stone – Welding Engineering; Birnamwood, Wis.
* Garrett Trebilcock – Business; Canfield, Ohio
Andrew Braun - Biology; Louisville, Ky.
Chris Cowley - Exercise Science; Krugersdorp, South Africa
Joe Craven - Pre-Business; Westlake, Ohio
Michael DiSalle - Health Professions Expoloration; Toledo, Ohio
Dmitry Dolgov - Biology; Powell, Ohio
Tamas Gercsak - Family Resource Management; Budapest, Hungary
Sean Johnson – Mechanical Engineering; Hillsborough, N.J.
Jared Kauffman – Exercise Science and Education; Greer, S.C.
Connor McDonald – Health Sciences; Lake Oswego, Oregon
Michael Meldon – Biology; Strongsville, Ohio
Sean Monahan – Biology; Cincinnati, Ohio
Alex Osterhage – Pre-Business; Dayton, Ohio
Dominic Pecze – Sport and Leisure Studies; Amherst, Ohio
Spencer Rogers – Industrial Design; Bloomfield Village, Mich.
Keanu Stevenson – Mechaninical Engineering; Newburgh, Ind.
Gavin Trebilcock – Pre-Business; Canfield, Ohio
Steven Zimmerman – Exercise Science; Morrow, Ohio
John Zucca – Engineering; Hudson, Ohio