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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Six members of the 2016-17 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team were selected as Krampade American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Scholars on September 25. Samantha Bouley, Rebecca Freiburger, Julianna Iafallo, Jacyn Reeves and Lauren Spring all received recognition, as did Katie Matheny, a senior captain from the 2016-17 squad.
"I am humbled to be recognized along with my teammates who are incredibly deserving of this recognition," Co-Captain Lauren Spring said. Spring is on track to graduate with a bachelor's of science in education with a focus in licensure, physical education and health. "It is awesome to be recognized for something like this outside of the sport we play. Having something like this to strive for pushes all of us to work harder and become the best student-athletes we can be."
Fellow Co-Captain Julianna Iafallo is working toward a degree in health sciences and rehabilitation and has her eyes set on graduate school for physical therapy after her playing days wind down. "It is such an honor to be recognized by the AHCA, especially alongside my teammates. This is a great reflection of the work we put in, both on and off the ice and shows that we take our title of student-athlete seriously."
Jacyn Reeves, a junior human development and family science major, appreciates the recognition of the work her and her teammates put in. "It feels great to know that all of the work we put into our classes is appreciated. We work hard to represent our team well academically, and it's nice to see that pay off." Sophomore mathematics major Samantha Bouley added "It's a great honor for all of us to be recognized for the focus and effort we put into our studies."
"It's an honor to be named an All-American Scholar, I'm proud to represent both my team and my university at a high level," sophomore Rebecca Freiburger said. The exercise science major went on to say, "being a student-athlete is a challenge, but the resources and support state here at OSU, as well as the support of my team and my family make it possible to achieve at such a high level in the classroom, while also working hard on the ice."
This new initiative of the AHCA recognizes varsity ice hockey players who averaged a 3.6 GPA and participated in 40% of their school's games during the 2016-17 season. In the first year of this program, a total of 1,261 athletes reached this standard. A small number of waivers to the 40% participation requirement was granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.