July 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Building on an impressive winter quarter of academic efforts, the Ohio State women’s swimming team collected the highest team grade-point average recorded under head coach Bill Dorenkott this past spring. Balancing athletic responsibilities along with some of the most demanding majors offered at Ohio State, the squad combined for an impressive 3.56 GPA, while posting the second-most Scholar All-Americans in the Big Ten Conference.
Three juniors and three sophomores were named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Team announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. To earn recognition student-athletes must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as well as qualify for either the swimming or diving national championships. The juniors selected to the elite list were Emily Creran, Shannon Draves and Kelsey Moran, while sophomores Phoebe Cater, Alex Norris and Michelle Williams were also honored as All-Americans.
A total of 22 Buckeyes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the spring quarter, including five individuals with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
The program also led all Ohio State varsity sports in 2012 with eight Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honorees. Recipients of the award must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their school and earn a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. Three Buckeyes - Kristen Asman, Jackie Brousseau and Moran – repeated as beneficiaries of this conference decoration.
Eight buckeyes were named to the honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-America list. Honorable mention accolades are awarded to student-athletes who earn a 3.5 or higher GPA and achieve a “B” time standard without qualifying for the national championships. Catherine Eitel, Lisa Narum and Natalie Nichols were OSU seniors recognized by the association. Rounding out the upperclassmen total were three juniors - Brousseau, Darcy Fishback and Lauren Massey. Upper Arlington native Kristyn Fulcher was the lone Buckeye sophomore named to the list, while Ashley Vance, a native of Kingwood, Texas, represented the freshman class.
2011-12 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Bryon Tansel Named Assistant Coach