Eight Buckeyes Named WCHA Scholar-Athletes

Feb. 13, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eight members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team have been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14. Senior Madison Marcotte, a native of White Bear Lake, Minn., is now a three-time honoree, becoming only the fifth Buckeye to receive the award three times.  

Members of Ohio State being honored for the second time include: senior Becky Allis (West Olive, Mich.); junior Stacy Danczak (Macedonia, Ohio); junior Taylor Kuehl (Minnetrista, Minn.); junor Kari Schmitt (Canton, Mich.); junior Sara Schmitt (Canton, Mich.); and junior Kayla Sullivan (Flower Mound, Texas). Earning the honor for the first time is sophomore Bryanna Nuewald (Oakville, Ontario).

The WCHA, through Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport (Chair, Board of Directors), St. Cloud State University Faculty Representative Bill Hudson (Chair, women’s league), men’s Commissioner Bruce McLeod and women’s Commissioner Sara Martin, today announced that 113 conference-member student-athletes make up the ninth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2013-14. The 113 figure represents every conference-member institution and is the second highest number of recipients in one season, behind the 116 honored a year ago (2012-13).

“On behalf of the entire Western Collegiate Hockey Association family, we offer heartfelt congratulations to all of our men’s and women’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14,” said Dr. Davenport, Hudson, McLeod and Martin in a joint statement. “Each year at this time, as our member teams are engaged in the heat of competition for championships and playoff positions, we have a special opportunity to publicly recognize the very best in our student-athletes.

“It is with a true sense of pride that we today acknowledge the tremendous time-commitment, effort and dedication put forth by these outstanding young men and women. Earning a WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, and achieving this highest of scholastic honors among your peers, is a most fitting tribute. We wish each and every one of them all the success in the future.”

The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership for the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.

Over the nine years of the award, there have now been more than 750 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing every men’s and women’s conference-member institutions. Thirty-seven (37) of this season’s 113 recipients are repeat honorees, with nine of those 37 now being three-time honorees.