Women's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame
By Induction Class
Class of 1993
Phyllis Bailey (Basketball Coach, Athletic Administration)
Barbara Wetter Blosser (Basketball, Field Hockey, Tennis)
Leann Grimes (Tennis)
Stephanie Hightower (Track and Field)
Karen Josephson (Synchronized Swimming)
Sarah Josephson (Synchronized Swimming)
Class of 1994
Class of 1995
Class of 1996
Class of 1997
Class of 1998
Class of 1999
Class of 2000
Class of 2001
Class of 2002
Class of 2003
Britta Eickhoff (Field Hockey)
Becky Jasontek (Synchronized Swimming)
Emily Marsh (Synchronized Swimming)
Julie Somers (Gymnastics)
Jodelle (Jodie) Stranges (Soccer)
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Diana "Didi" Albrecht was a member of the rowing team from 2002-05. During her letterwinner seasons, Albrecht was named First Team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America twice (2004 and 2005). Additionally, Albrecht was a First Team All-Central Region and First Team All Big Ten selection during those seasons. The Buckeye 2005 team captain and most valuable player, Albrecht collected CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten laurels in 2003, `04 and 05. The Dresden, Germany, native added a 2005 Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist recognition to her list of scholastic and athletic awards.
Of note, Albrecht was part of an NCAA squad that finished fourth as a team at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Albrecht's accomplishments as a student-athlete have helped her tremendously in her current role as the assistant coach of the Ohio State rowing team, a capacity she has held since 2006. To date, one of Albrecht's greatest coaching achievements was guiding the Second Varsity Eight to a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Majoring in political science and communication, Albrecht graduated from Ohio State in 2006. She is currently working on her master's degree in public policy and management.
Karen Alsbrook led Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship in 1977 and second-place finishes in 1976, 1978 and 1979. The four-time OSU Scholar Athlete was a member of the OAIAW state championship team in 1977 and was a first-team All-American in 1979. As a senior, Alsbrook-Smith received the Schottenstein Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Yvette Angel is one of the best pure point guards ever to play for Ohio State. She was a three-time all-Big Ten selection and 1985 honorable mention All-America. She played on four Big Ten Championship teams, including the 1985 team that advanced to the NCAA regional finals. Angel's quick hands and unselfish play helped her set Ohio State single game and career records in both steals and assists. At the end of her career, she had amassed 167 assists and 115 steals.
A seven-time Big Ten champion, Armstrong was an All-American in 1986 and All Big Ten from 1985 to 1988. She was the conference champion in the 100-yard butterfly all four years. Armstrong still holds the OSU record in the 100 butterfly.
Phyllis Bailey championed women's athletics during her 39-year career at Ohio State. In 1965, she helped elevate women's athletics from their intramural status to establish the first and largest women's intercollegiate athletic program in the Big Ten. Bailey served as the first administrator over women's athletics and coached the women's basketball team for four years, leading them to a 28-10 record. Bailey will always be known as a coach, teacher, mentor, role-model and pioneer.
Four-time All-American Marcie Ballard is one of the most decorated swimmers in Big Ten history. Ballard was the 1982 AIWA 50-yard backstroke champion and won 14 Big Ten titles during her OSU career. A master in the 100-yard backstroke, she won the event four consecutive years. On the national level, Ballard helped guide Ohio State to a tenth-place finish in the 1983 NCAA Championships. Ballard also was a four-time all-Big Ten and three-time Academic all-Big Ten selection.
Three-time all-Big Ten selection Lisa Bettio led the team in aces in 1983 and kills in 1984. A four-year starter and team leader, she was captain of the 1984 and 1985 teams. The 1985 team compiled a 27-11 overall record and finished third in the Big Ten with an 11-7 mark. Bettio closed out her career with a school record 207 career aces. She also set school records for average aces per game and average aces per season.
Louise Bond-Williams lettered for the Ohio State fencing team in 2002-04, earning All-America honors in sabre all three seasons. She helped the Buckeyes to their first combined national championship in program history as a junior in 2004, taking bronze and finishing as a First Team All-American for the second time. Her first run came as a freshman in 2002 when Bond-Williams took silver, a feat she followed with a fourth-place finish in 2003.
Bond-Williams, a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team for London 2012, made her Olympic debut at Athens 2004 where she finished 16th in women's sabre. Prior to her appearance in Athens, she was a member of the semifinalist squad at the 2003 European Championships and an individual quarterfinalist at the 2002 World Championships. Following the 2004 Games, Bond-Williams returned to Ohio State to finish her degree in history and serve as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Hockey, 2004-05, 07-08
Tessa Bonhomme played four seasons for the Buckeyes as a defenseman, her collegiate career starting in 2003 and ending in 2008. Bonhomme is Ohio State's only AHCA First Team All-American after receiving the honor in 2008. She was a Second Team All-American in 2007 and is a two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist, which is given annually to the top women's collegiate hockey player. A three-time All-WCHA selection, Bonhomme was voted the WCHA Player of the Year during her senior season in 2008.
Bonhomme, who was voted captain by her teammates for the 2007-08 season, holds multiple school-records at Ohio State including career points by a defenseman (128) and most points in a season for a defenseman (45). She ranks sixth overall all-time in career scoring, third in career assists (86) and 10th in career goals (42). Bonhomme was selected to the WCHA All-Tournament team in 2007 after helping lead the Buckeyes to the conference semifinals.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Bonhomme competed with the Canadian National Team throughout her time at OSU, redshirting the 2005-06 OSU campaign to centralize with the Canadian team and ended up being one of the last cuts off the final Olympic roster in 2006. She played a vital role in Canada's gold-medal winning run at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
In 2010 Bonhomme was selected first overall by Toronto in the first Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) draft, where she is still playing today. She recently helped lead the Furies to the 2014 Clarkson Cup championship. She graduated from Ohio State in 2008 with a degree in speech pathology.
Four-time All-American Janelle Bosse won the NCAA 400 individual medley championship in 1987. She finished second in the event at the 1988 NCAA Championships. Winning a total of 12 Big Ten Championships, Bosse was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 1985 and 1988. Bosse was also a four-time all-Big Ten selection.
Led OSU to the NCAA Regional and its first-ever Big Ten Championship (1990). A third team All-American in 1991. Named first team All-Great Lakes Region in 1990 and 1991. A three-time Academic all-Big Ten and four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete Currently serves as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.
Shandelier Boyd Pleasant
Track & Field 1994-97
Shandelier Boyd Pleasant, a seven-time Big Ten champion and four-time All-American, set school records in the 100-meter hurdles (12.98) and triple jump (13.21 meters) her senior season. Boyd-Pleasant was a Big Ten champion in the triple jump, long jump, 55-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles and was named All-American three times in the triple jump and once in the 100-meter hurdles. The four-time All-Big Ten selection participated in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympic Trials and the 100-meter hurdles at the 1997 USATF Outdoor Nationals. Boyd-Pleasant ranked fourth nationally in the 100-meter hurdles and set the ninth-best U.S. record time in the event in 1997. The 1997 winner of the Alex Shumate Award for outstanding student leadership with the "Majority of One" minority student-athlete program, Boyd-Pleasant ran professionally for a year before beginning a career at Humana Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., where she has worked for the last 11 years.
A member of the 1988 and 1978 Big Tne title teams, she was an All-American her senior year and ranks 16th on the school's career scoring list (1,137 points) and fourth in career rebounds (829). She still owns the record for blocks in a game (12, vs. Michigan State, 1976). She will enter her fifth season as head coach of the University of Washington this fall.
Synchronized Swimming 1979-82
Karen Callaghan was a member of OSU's 1979, 1980 and 1982 National Championship teams. A four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Callaghan competed on the winning duet and trio teams at Collegiate Nationals in 1980 and the winning trio team in 1982. She was a member of the US National Team in 1979 and 1980 and competed in the Pan-Am Games in 1979. She also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the prestigious Honda Broderick Award in 1982.
Synchronized Swimming 1979-81
Tara Cameron was a member of the 1979 and 1980 National Championship teams. She was also a member of the 1979 US Pan-Am Team and a member of the 1980 USSSI National Championship duet and trio squads. In 1981, Cameron was the USSSI National solo Co-champion. Cameron was selected to the USSSI All-America team three consecutive years.
A pitcher/first baseman, Clark was the school's only two-time All-American selection (1993-94). She was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree and led the Buckeyes in batting average in 1993 and '94. She still owns career records in doubles (58), triples (17) and walks (118).
One of the most decorated in OSU women's basketball history, Cline helped guide the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and a berth in NCAA 'Sweet 16' all four years of her career ... earned Kodak All-America Honorable Mention in 1989, the same year she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year ... was conference freshman of the year (1985-86) and a four-time All-Big Ten selection (first team in 1989 and second team '86, '87 and '88) ... member of the USA Select Team in 1988 and '89 ... participated in the 1987 Olympic Sports Festival ... among the Top 10 in seven statistical categories at OSU including third all-time in assists for a career ... her 11 steals at UCLA (12/30/88) are a single game record for the Buckeyes ... Cline currently works for the Central Ohio YMCA and serves as the Corporate Challenge Director.
Track and Field 1999-02
Katy Craig was a three-time All-American and four-time Big Ten champion for the Buckeyes from 1998-2002. A two-year captain, Craig still ranks among the top performers all-time at Ohio State in the weight and hammer throws, including the second-best mark in school history in the weight throw in 2002 at 69-3. She previously held Big Ten and meet records in both the weight and hammer throws upon graduation and was the Big Ten champion in both events in 2001 and 2002. She was a two-time All-American in the weight throw (2001-02) and hammer (2002).
Craig also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete. She has remained involved in track and field after graduation, serving as a volunteer assistant at OSU, throws coach at a local middle school and private coaching. Craig is married to former Purdue thrower Nick Swathwood and resides in Hilliard, Ohio, with their two sons, Abraham and Isaac.
Linda Daniel dedicated herself to healing injured athletes and opening doors for women trainers. She started her Ohio State career as an student trainer in 1971 when female trainers could only work with female athletes. In 1975, Daniel became the first woman to achieve the highest score in the nation on the National Athletic Trainers Association certification test. She went on to become Co-Head Athletic Trainer and develop an educational program designed to produce women trainers.
Basketball Coach, 1986-97
Darsch coached the women's basketball program from 1986-97, amassing a record of 234-125 in her 12 seasons as head coach. She led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championships and seven NCAA tournaments, including three "Sweet Sixteen" appearances, one "Elite Eight" and a national runner-up finish in 1993. Darsch also helped lead the USA Women's Basketball team to gold medals in 1984 and 1996 as an assistant coach.
Darsch, a 1973 graduate of Springfield College, mentored three All-Americans during her Ohio State tenure in Tracey Hall (1987 , 1998), Nikita Lowry (1989) and Katie Smith (1993, 1996), three Big Ten players of the year and 10 first team All-Big Ten selections.
Darsch is most remembered as the coach who led Ohio State to its only Final Four appearance in 1993. That season the Buckeyes finished 24-3 in the regular season and 16-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes entered the NCAA tournament that year as the No. 1 seed in the East Region, defeating two No. 2 seeds in Virginia in the East Regional final and Iowa in the national semifinal. Ohio State's dream of a title came to an end, however, at the hands of Sheryl Swoopes and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 84-82, in the national championship game in Atlanta.
Darsch went on to coach professionally in the WNBA, starting with the inaugural season in 1997 with the New York Liberty, where she coached for two seasons. She led the Liberty to a 36-24 record during her tenure and guided the team to the WNBA finals in 1997. Darsch also coached the Washington Mystics for two seasons (1999-2000) before becoming an advance scout with the team for three seasons. She later joined the Minnesota Lynx as an assistant coach from 2003-2005. In 2006 and 2007 Darsch served as an assistant coach at Boston College.
A four-time member of the All-Big Ten team and the first Buckeye to be named an All-American in singles competition, Kristy Dascoli rewrote the Ohio State record books during her time as a Buckeye. She was named the team's most valuable player four times and was the conference's first back-to-back recipient of the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Dascoli won 31 singles matches as a senior in 2001 to set the OSU single-season record. She was the first Buckeye to qualify for the NCAA singles championship and appeared in both the singles and doubles tournaments all four years. As a senior, Dascoli reached the national quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, earning All-America accolades. Dascoli, who played at No. 1 singles and doubles throughout her career, still holds the Ohio State career record for most singles wins with 104. She was named the Tennis Player of the Century at Ohio State.
Women's Basketball, 2004-07
Ohio State rode the coattails of Jessica Davenport back to the top of the Big Ten Conference and into national prominence during her four years as a Buckeye. The only three-time Big Ten Player of the Year at the time, Davenport helped the Buckeyes to a 108-22 record (.831) from 2004-07. Ohio State's first three-time All-American captained the Buckeyes to three-consecutive conference championships.
A consumer affairs graduate, Davenport ended her career with 48 career double-doubles and Ohio State's only pair of triple-doubles in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Davenport amassed 2,303 career points, which currently ranks third all-time on the Ohio State all-time list. Davenport also pulled down 1,094 rebounds to rank in the top 3. In 2007, Davenport became the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.
Davenport capped her career in grand fashion in 2007. She not only garnered her third conference player of the year award and third All-America honor, but etched her name in both the Big Ten and Ohio State record books while leading the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark and fourth NCAA tournament bid in as many seasons. She topped the conference in scoring at 20 points per game and ranked second in the league in rebounds (9.6) and field goal percentage (.597). At the conclusion of the regular season, Ohio State was 26-2, the best regular campaign in Ohio State annals.
Just weeks after completing her career as the most decorated Buckeye in program history, Davenport was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Davenport helped the New York Liberty reach the 2007 WNBA playoffs and is currently a member of the Indiana Fever.
Davenport also attacked her duties in the classroom. She was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree en route to earning her bachelor's degree in March 2007.
Named national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 1994, Davis was a two-time first-team All-American. Other honors included being named All-Big Ten for four years. The OSU teams on which she played went 104-22 and advanced to the school's first two NCAA national semifinals. She is the career leader in assists (5,483). Davis trained for a spot on the U.S. Olympic women's volleyball team.
All-American in 1990 ... two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... team captain in 1990 ... three-year starter as setter, 1988-90 ... member of Ohio State's first Big Ten championship team in 1989 ... assistant coach 1994-97, including for the 1994 team that won the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals ... member of Canadian National Team, 1992-93.
Dobest was a first-team All-American in 1986. She had three top 10 finishes in the NCAA championships and two second-place finishes in the Big Ten Tournament. Dobest won two individual titles (1988-89) in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. She led he 20-1 team to league and NCAA regional titles her senior year.
Field Hockey 1994, 1996-1997
Member of the German Junior National Team, 1988-1990 ... 1994 OSU Coaches Award Recipient ... 1994 Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... missed the 1995 season because of injury ... 1996 First Team All-Region, First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America selection ... 1997 First Team All-America, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Big Ten pick ... three-time letterwinner.
Two-sport star Ann Emmencker was a five-time Big Ten medalist, winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle in 1973 and 1975 and the 200-yard freestyle in 1974. She was also a member of the inaugural women's golf team in 1976. After graduation, she served as a coach and administrator in high school athletics. Emmencker was named Ohio Coach of the Year three times during the 1980s.
A four-time letterwinner, she was an All-American in the 50, 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events, taking fourth in the 200, as well as All-America status in the 400-yard medley relay (in 1983 and 1985) ... an All-Big Ten selection all four years, she also was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Month in 1983 on her way to taking individual conference titles in the 50, 100 and 200-breaststroke and the 200 and 400-medley relays ... OSU won the 400 relay from 1983-86 ... also was a runner-up in seven events at the conference meet .. OSU's Most Valuable Swimmer in 1983 and '84 ... most inspirational swimmer in 1986 ... co-captain in 1985 and '86 ... set program records in six events ... still has top time in the 50-yard breaststroke (OSU and Big Ten mark) and the 200-yard medley relay ... participated in the Olympic Trials.
2002 Most Valuable Rower Karla Fiserova led the Buckeyes to the program's first Big Ten Championship. A 2003 First Team CRCA All-American, she was a two-time First Team All-Central Region and First Team All-Big Ten selection. She was a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Fiserova was also a member of the Czech Rowing Team in 1995-2000, participating in the world championships and world regattas.
Diving, 1983-84, 86-87
One of three Buckeye divers to earn All-America honors in all four years of competition (1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987) ... was a four-time finalist at the Big Ten championship meet as well as the NCAA championships ... recurring injury forced her to retire from platform and concentrate on springboard after the 1984 season ... won the three-meter Big Ten Championship in 1984 ... claimed a NCAA individual title in the three-meter dive at the 1987 meet ... was a member of the U.S. Diving National Team from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988 ... finalist at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988 ... finalist at the pre-Olympic meet in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 ... member of the international diving circuit in 1987 where she won the Springboard Champion Spring Swallow Meet in Rostock, Germany.
Synchronized Swimming, 1989-91
Three-time All-American ... member of the Venezuelan National Team and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games ... helped OSU to three national titles ... national champion in the solo event at the 1989 and 1991 Collegiate National Championships ... won the national title in duet in 1990 and 1991 and a championship in the trio event in 1990 ... also part of the Buckeye squad that won the team event for three-consecutive years at the national championships ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
A team leader on Ohio State's dominant women's tennis teams of the late 1970s, LeAnn Grimes set school career records in both singles and doubles wins . She posted a 68-18 singles record and a 92-21 doubles mark during her outstanding career as Buckeye. Grimes was also an excellent student, earning scholar-athlete honors three straight years.
Three-time Big Ten champion in 1991 (100-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle relay and 800-meter freestyle relay) ... member of 1991 400-meter freestyle relay conference champion that still holds school record for fastest time ... 1990 All-Big Ten ... two-time All-American ... two-time Academic All-American ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner ... graduated Summa Cum Laude with 3.88 GPA.
Track and Field, 2002-05
Rosalind Goodwin was a two-time All-American in the triple jump as a collegiate athlete at Ohio State, placing fifth at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth at the 2004 championships. A six-time Big Ten champion, Goodwin won the Big Ten indoor triple jump and long jump titles in both 2004 and 2005, while also winning the 2004 outdoor triple jump and 2005 outdoor long jump crowns.
Goodwin still holds Ohio State records in the outdoor triple jump (13.50m/44-3.50), the indoor triple jump (13.37m/43-10.50) and the indoor (6.32m/20-9.00) and outdoor (6.39m/20-11.75) long jump. She was a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials triple jump qualifier and the ninth-place finisher in the triple jump at the 2005 USA Track and Field Championships.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Goodwin is currently in her second season as associate head coach at Ohio State and sixth season overall with the women's track and field team. She returned to coach at her alma mater in July of 2008 as an assistant coach after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Auburn University.
In five seasons with the Scarlet and Gray, Goodwin has worked closely with the Buckeyes' horizontal and vertical jumpers. In 2013, Abie Ehimwenman won a bronze medal in the long jump at the Big Ten indoor championships, while Adenike Pedro placed fourth in the long jump at the conference outdoor meet. Two years earlier Kelcey McKinney won the Big Ten outdoor triple jump title and, along with Ashley Galbraith, qualified for the NCAA East preliminaries. Galbraith would go on to compete at the NCAA championships, where she earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with an 18th-place finish in the high jump.
Women's Volleyball 2001-04
A four-time All-American, Stacey Gordon was named 2004 AVCA Co-National Player of the year and 2004 ASICS/Volleyball Player of the Year. She still holds Ohio State career records for kills, kills per game, digs, points and points per game. The 16-time Big Ten Player of the Week is the Big Ten's all-time leader and ranks third in NCAA history with 2,978 kills and 7.08 kills per game. Gordon, a four-time All-Big Ten honoree, was the 2001 AVCA National Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. She was named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2005. Gordon also did an excellent job in the classroom as she was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, five-time Dean's List student and was named Academic All-Big Ten three times. Professionally, Gordon has played six seasons of volleyball in Turkey, Spain and Puerto Rico and has made three all-star teams in those six seasons. She was also a member of the Canadian National Team from 2004-2008.
Susan Gottlieb, a three-time All-America and all-Big Ten selection, was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 1990 and 1991 Gottlieb set school records in four events and was a six-time Big Ten Champion during her impressive Buckeye career.. She was also the Ohio State Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Tracey Hall was a three-time all-Big Ten choice and a two-time All-America while at Ohio State. She helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and four consecutive NCAA appearances. The team advanced to the final eight in 1985 and 1987. Hall was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1985. She closed out her career with 1,912 points, 1,115 rebounds and a field goal percentage of .60.
A two-time All-American, Allison Hanna was also the 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as the Big Ten Player of the Year and Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. She was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and won the 2003 Big Ten Championships individual title. Hanna, a two-time team captain, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. A member of the All-NCAA West Regional Team in 2004, Hanna ended her career with the lowest scoring average (72.58) in program history. She turned professional in 2004 and posted her best LPGA finish with fourth place at the 2006 Sybase Classic.
Earned five All-America honors ... named a first team All-American in 1995 ... two-time All-Big Ten selection ... four-year letterwinner ... Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner in 1995 ... four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... set Ohio State record in the 100-breaststroke in 1992 ... served as team co-captain ... represented the United States in the 1991 World University Games, winning both gold and bronze medals.
Track & Field 1977-80
Hurdler Stephanie Hightower was a four-time All-American and 15-time Big Ten Champion. She was undefeated in four years of Big Ten competition. While at Ohio State, Hightower also held 11 Big Ten and Ohio State records and set a new world record in the 60-yard hurdles. Hightower was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Team.
Alice "Lefty" Hohlmayer
Club Sports 1943-49
Competed for Ohio State before there were varsity sports for women, but must still be considered one of the finest and most versatile athletes ever to play for the Buckeyes ... was a member of the "Varsity" field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, fencing, badminton, archery and mixed tennis teams during her stay at OSU ... in 1946, she pitched and played first base in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (The movie "A League of Their Own" chronicled her exploits) ... set a league record with 21 put outs at first base ... was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1988.
The Ohio State record-holder in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and a member of OSU record-setting 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. An All-American in 1991, 1992 and 1993. A four-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-Big Ten selection.
Field Hockey 2000-03
Three-time All-American Vanessa Immordino finished her career in the Top 5 in the Buckeye record books in career points (127), career goals (52) and single-season points with 54 as a senior. She also was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and a three-time First Team West Region All-American, as well as a 2003 Finalist for the Women's National Field Hockey Player of the Year award. A four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Immordino was captain of the Buckeyes as a senior. She ended her career as one of five Ohio State players to record 100 career points after leading the team in goals three seasons.
Diving 1976, 78-79
Finneran was a four-time All-American from 1975 to 1980 and a seven-time champion performer on the 1- and 3-meter boards. She completed internationally for more than six years.
Synchronized Swimming 1994-97
Four-time All-American ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ... 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist ... 1997 Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year ... 1996 Collegiate Synchronized Swimmer of the Year ... 1994 OSU Most Improved Freshman ... four-time Collegiate National team champion, three-time Collegiate National duet champion and three-time Collegiate National trio champion ... 1996 Swiss Open team champion ... member of the 1999 U.S. Pan American team ... 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team alternate ... 2003 U.S. National Team member.
Swimming, 1993-95, 97
Three-time All-American ... 1995 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year ... 1993 Big Ten champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle ... conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley at the 1995 Big Ten Championships ... three-time All-Big Ten selection.
Two-time All-American (1993-94) ... three-time first-team All-Big Ten (1992-94) ... member of two NCAA national semifinal teams (1991, 1994) ... played on pair of Big Ten championship teams ... three-time Big Ten Player of the Week ... GTE Academic All-American in 1994 ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... played professionally in Europe for six years.
Rosie Jones was always near the top of the leader board during her collegiate golf career. She won or finished second 14 times while at Ohio State. The 1981 All-American earned top-ten finishes in 10 of 11 tournaments as a senior, including a sixth place showing at the AIAW National Tournament. Jones won the 1980 Big Ten Championship and led the Buckeyes to Big Ten and MAIAW team titles from 1979 to 1981. After graduation, Jones played on the LPGA Tour and represented the United States at the Solheim Cup.
Kim Jordan was a member of the Buckeye basketball squads that won two Big Ten and four OAISW Championships en-route to a four-year mark of 79-44. A starter in 121 games, Jordan served as co-captain her senior year and earned all-district honors in 1979. Jordan went on to coach at the collegiate level, including as head coach at Cornell.
Synchronized Swimming 1982-85
Four-time All-American Karen Josephson helped guide Ohio State to three National Championships. A two-time member of the US Olympic Team, Josephson won a Silver Medal at the 1988 Games and was a Gold Medalist in the duet competition in 1992. She was the 1985 USSSI Collegiate Athlete of the Year and a 1984 Academic all-Big Ten selection. Josephson also was a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.
Synchronized Swimming 1982-85
Four-time All-American Sarah Josephson helped guide Ohio State to three National Championships. A three-time member of the US Olympic Team, she earned a Silver Medal at the 1988 Games and was a Gold Medalist in the duet competition in 1992. She was a two-time USSSI National Solo Champion and a recipient of the Western Conference Medal of Honor. In 1984, Josephson was OSU's Female Athlete of the Year and the USSSI Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
Yelena Kalkina made Ohio State fencing history in 1997, becoming the first woman to win a national championship for the Buckeyes in the foil competition. During her run to the title, Kalkina compiled a 69-0 record and was named a first-team All-American. She was later awarded the Outstanding Athlete of the Year honor by the Touchdown Club of Columbus for her efforts. Kalkina went on to finish first in the women's foil in the Midwest championship in 1998 and '99 and finished third in foil at the NCAA championships in '99. Named NCAA Best Fencer of the Year in 1998, Kalkina finished her career at Ohio State as a three-time All-American (two first-team and one second-team honor). She also earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Track and Field 2000-03
Krista Keir was a three-time NCAA women's track and field qualifier and the 2002 Big Ten discus champion. In 2002, Keir finished third at the Big Ten Championships in the shot put and garnered a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in discus. Keir qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2003 in the shot put. During her career at Ohio State, Keir set the Ohio State and Big Ten indoor shot put records and the Ohio State discus record. In 2001, Keir represented the United States at the World University Games competing in discus. She graduated from Ohio State summa cum laude in 2003 with a degree in education.
Synchronized Swimming, 2004-06, 09
Four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American Becky Kim won six U.S. Collegiate championships, ranging from duet, trio and team titles, during her Ohio State career. Additionally, during her span as a Buckeye, Kim was instrumental in helping Ohio State win a pair of U.S. Collegiate National titles in 2004 and 2009. The 2009 United States Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Kim was pivotal in leading the Buckeyes to their first U.S. Senior National title in program history as a senior in 2009. Kim and Meghan Kinney paired up in the duet routine and finished first en route to the historic moment.
An active member of the U.S. Team I and Team II National squads throughout her career, Kim achieved a momentous feat when she was named a member of the U.S. Olympic Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Conny Kirsch helped the rowing team make OSU history by lifting the program to its first Big Ten championship in 2002. Kirsch was a part of the varsity eight boat that won the grand final and because of her efforts, she was named the Big Ten Co-Rower of the Year, the first in program history. That same varsity eight crew went on to win the Central Regional championship grand final. The Buckeyes followed their conference title with a then-program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Kirsch's individual accolades include earning first-team All-America honors in 2002 to complement her second-team laurels in 2000 and 2001. She also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-Central Region selection (2000, 2001 and 2002). Kirsch was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. She is the first rower to be inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Ninett Kossowsky, a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State rowing team and member of the first varsity eight, was a key component of the 2006 Big Ten Championship team, leading Ohio State to its second Big Ten title. In 2006, Kossowsky was named the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, only the second Ohio State rower to earn the honor after Conny Kirsch in 2002. She also earned First Team CRCA All-American, First Team All-Central Region and First Team All-Big Ten honors for her efforts throughout the 2006 season.
A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Kossowsky earned Second Team All-Central Region and Second Team All-Big Ten honors during her junior season. Kossowsky graduated from Ohio State in August 2007 with a degree in Business Administration. She remained an avid athlete, competing in the 2009 Frankfurt Marathon and the 2010 Hamburg triathlon and Wiesbaden Ironman.
Three-time recipient of the Lake Erie Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (LEIRC) Nancy Worsencroft High Woman Award (1985-87) ... served as team captain in both 1986 and '87 ... competed in NCAA air rifle championships in 1986 and 1987 ... claimed LEIRC air rifle titles in 1984 and '85, conference smallbore and air rifle championships in 1986 and earned first-place individual honors in 1987 ... earned All-Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) accolades ... WIRC air rifle winner in 1985 ... member of four WIRC "Big Ten championship" squads ... won 1985 Walsh International rifle match title, 1987 air rifle and smallbore crowns and was 1987 high standing score winner.
Cathy Kratzert was a 1982 MAIAW medalist and a two-time Big Ten Champion. Along the way, she led the team to two Big Ten Championships and established several Big Ten records, including lowest individual round (69) and lowest three-round score (214). The 1983 All-American joined the LPGA tour after leaving Ohio State. In 1990, Kratzert won three tour events and the Bounceback Player of the Year Award. She also represented the victorious US Team at the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990.
Ice Hockey 2001-04
The 2004 WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year, Emma Laaksonen helped build the foundation of the Ohio State women's hockey program and is the first women's hockey player to be inducted into the athletics hall of fame. The first Buckeye women's hockey player All-American, earning second team honors in 2002, Laaksonen's other career accomplishments include being a 2002 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalist and earning 2004 Second Team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. A standout in the classroom, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree (2003, 2004), a two-time AWHCA Scholar All-American (2003, 2004) and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection (2002, 2003, 2004). Laaksonen also has been a key member for her home country's team in Finland as a three-time Olympian, serving as co-captain in 2002 and 2006, as well as competing in seven world championships, serving as captain in 2008 and 2009. Named Finland's Player of the Year in 2002 and 2006, Laaksonen was recognized by the Buckeye program during the first home series of the 2008-09 season when her No. 3 was the first women's hockey player number retired.
A three-time All-America and all-Big Ten pick, Karen LaFace won the NCAA one-meter diving championship in 1987. She also was a Big Ten Champion on the one-meter in 1985 and the three-meter in 1987. Other honors included the Schottenstein Post-Graduate Scholarship, Grimes Davidge Academic Award, Big Ten Medal of Honor, Big Ten Diver of the Year, Ohio State Athlete of the Year and two Academic all-Big Ten selections. LaFace also competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games.
During her career at Ohio State, Amy Langhals was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and capped off her career as the 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America honoree. As a senior, she was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title while capturing the individual championship. That season the Buckeyes won the NCAA East Regional before finishing tied for eighth at the NCAA championships. A four-year letterwinner, Langhals was a two-time captain and began her career as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She claimed medalist honors three times during her career while leading the Buckeyes to victory in eight tournaments and14 runner-up finishes. After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in sport and exercise science, Langhals played professionally for several years, including two years on the LPGA TOUR. She returned to Ohio State as the assistant women's golf coach in 2005.
Jantel Lavender graduated as arguably the greatest Buckeye in the history of women's basketball. She became the first Big Ten player, male or female, to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year four times and the only women's basketball player in a Power Five conference to accomplish that feat. She also became just Ohio State's second three-time All-American in the history of the program.
Lavender left Columbus as Ohio State's all-time leading scorer (2,818 points), the Big Ten's all-time leading rebounder (1,422), and held the school and B1G single season record with 774 points. She scored in double-figures in all 136 career games, which is still an NCAA record for consecutive games with at least 10 points, and set a school-record by starting all 136 games in her career.
During Lavender's career, she was part of three Big Ten regular season championships, three Big Ten Tournament titles, four NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the Sweet 16. She was named the Big Ten Tournament's MVP three times and led the conference in scoring twice. As a sophomore, she became only the second player in Big Ten women's basketball history to complete the statistical Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring (20.8), rebounding (10.7), and field goal percentage (.541).
Track and Field (2002-04, 2006)
Keturah Lofton was a three-time All-American, six-time NCAA championship qualifier and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for the Ohio State women's track and field from 2000-2006.
A former walk-on who missed two full seasons because of injury, Lofton experienced tremendous success as a student-athlete despite the hardships she faced. Lofton earned a full athletic scholarship by capturing a title in the weight throw at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships and set OSU school records in both the hammer (209-0.75, 2006) and weight throws (69-5.25, 2006) prior to graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. In addition, she won a Big Ten title in the hammer throw and became the first female in Big Ten history to break the 200-foot mark in the event.
In 2007, one year removed from her Ohio State graduation, Lofton returned to the Buckeye track and field program as director of strength and conditioning for the women's throwers. During her one season with the Buckeyes as a coach and trainer, Lofton helped Veronica Jatsek best her school weight throw record with a throw of 70-7.75, a mark that still stands today. Lofton held the school hammer throw record until this past May, when Alexis Thomas shattered the mark with a Big Ten meet record-throw of 212 feet at the conference championships.
Now employed as a dental hygienist at Merion Village Dental in Columbus, Lofton is active in her community, teaching local children the importance of dental hygiene and raising money for the National Kidney Foundation as well as local charities. She recently participated in the Dentistry from the Heart program, a charitable initiative that offered free dental services to the Greater Columbus community.
A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Lofton currently resides in Columbus with her husband and two young sons.
Lowry was a first-team All-American in 1989 and All-Big Ten selection in 1988-89. She was a member of Big Ten championship teams in 1986, '87 and '89 and participated in four NCAA tournaments. In 1988, she led the Big Ten in scoring (23.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.4). She ranks sixth on OSU's career scoring list. After concluding her playing career, she was an assistant coach at Ohio State for three years.
Track and Field and Cross Country 1973-76
As a competitor, Susan Mallery competed on the track and field and cross country teams before the introduction of the NCAA championships, but participated in its predecessor, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national meets. She garnered three Top 10 finishes at the AIAW nationals, including eighth-place finishes in the 2-mile (10:40) and the first-ever AIAW cross country meet (17:46) in 1975. During her junior season, she finished fourth in the 2-mile in the Madison Square Garden Invitational in New York City, competing amongst an elite field of runners. At the inaugural Women's Big Ten Track an Field Championships in 1976, Mallery finished second in the 3-mile. She was selected the co-captain (track) and captain (cross country) during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Mallery won the women's division of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C., in 1976 and '77 with times of 2 hours, 54 minutes that ranked her among the Top 20 women in the world.
Field Hockey 1976-79
Regarded as Ohio State's best field hockey player, Sue Marcellus is the only athlete in the program to have her number retired. While at OSU, she was the all-time leader in career goals (117), career points (254) and single-season points (82), earning All-America honors in 1977, 1978 and 1979. She was a member of the US National Team from 1977 to 1980 and member of the 1980 US Olympic Team.
The only three-time All-American in program history, Sam Marder finished her career at Ohio State by cementing her status as one of the greatest power hitters in Ohio State history after setting both the single-season and career records for home runs (19 and 61, respectively). The 2010 OSU Female Athlete of the Year from Calabasas, Calif., wrapped up her career with a .384 batting average, .778 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage, all records at OSU. She also holds the record for RBI (191), total bases (438) and walks (232). A four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, Marder's walk total ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I history, while she is also 26th in career home runs and her slugging percentage is the 15th-higest.
During her junior year in 2009, Marder led the nation with a school-record 67 walks - including 18 intentional. Behind the plate, she threw out 16-of-21 base-runners, including two during the NCAA Tournament. Led by Marder, the 2009 Buckeyes went 47-11 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.
As a sophomore, Marder was an at-large selection to the Third Team All-America list after leading the nation in on-base percentage (.633) and walks per game (1.07, 60 total) while ranking second in batting average (.475) and eighth in slugging percentage (.842). Marder also ranked among the national leaders in RBI (25th, .96 per game) and home runs (14).
Following her career with the Scarlet and Gray, Marder was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) Draft by the Akron Racers.
A 12-time All-American, Jessica Marshall won six individual national championships during her four years with the Buckeyes. In 2003 and 2004 she claimed the national titles in women's air and sport pistol and two-gun aggregate. A four-year letter winner, she helped win the 2004 women's national championship and was a part of four other national championships. As a senior she earned four All-America accolades, picking up three in both 2001 and '03 and two in 2002. Marshall was a member of the USA Shooting Olympic Development team in 2003 and 2004 and was a member of the 2004 USA Shooting National Team.
The 2004 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the Corwin A. Fegus Memorial award recipient, she was a three-time team captain, a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She earned a bachelor's in psychology in 2004 and a master's degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2008.
Two-time All-American Kelly McCormick was a Big Ten Champion in both the one and three-meter diving events in 1982 and 1983. She placed first in three-meter and second in the one-meter events at the AIAW Championships in 1982. McCormick also won two Olympic medals on the three-meter board, a Silver in 1984 and a Bronze in 1988.
As a Buckeye, Meg Mallon helped steer Ohio State to three consecutive Big Ten Championships in 1983, 1984 and 1985. The two-time all-Big Ten had even greater success on the LPGA Tour, winning the 1991 US Open and competing on several Solheim Cup teams. She won three LPGA tournaments in 1993. At the time of her induction, her career winnings totaled close to $3 million.
Synchronized Swimming 1994-97
Four-time All-American ... member of 1997 U.S. National Team I ... 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist ... U.S. Junior National solo and figure champion in 1994 ... four-time Collegiate National team champion and a six-time Collegiate National event champion ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete ... 1996 Swiss Open team champion ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... member of the 1999 U.S. Pan-American team ... 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team alternate.
Maxi Meissner was a key part of Ohio State's first Big Ten rowing championship team in 2002. The two-time captain was twice a first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten rower. In 2001 and '03, Meissner was selected to the first-team All-Central Region team. Those same years, she was named MVP of the rowing team. Meissner was a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. In 2003, she was named the most outstanding student from the Midwestern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Three-time All-Big Ten selection (1998-00) ... two-time NCAA Indoor All-American (2000-01) ... four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American (1998-01) ... Ohio State's only women's outdoor national champion (100-meter hurdles/2001) ... indoor national champion (60-meter hurdles/2001) ... 2000 Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year ... 2000 and '01 Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year ... Big Ten athlete of the championship at 2000 outdoor meet and 2000 and '01 indoor meet ... individual conference champion in outdoor 200-meter dash (1999), 100 hurdles, 100- and 200-meter dashes (2000) and 4x400-meter relay (2000) ... indoor individual champion in 60-meter hurdles (1999-01) and 200-meter dash (2000-01).
E. Temple Messer-Baker
Field Hockey/Softball 1921-26
Although varsity sports didn't exist for women in the 1920s, E. Temple Messer-Baker participated in track and field, baseball, soccer and field hockey while a student at Ohio State. In 1925, she competed in the first women's intercollegiate track meet held in Ohio Stadium. After graduating with a degree in education, she went on to serve as a player, teacher and coach. She played on the American Field Hockey team, coached boys basketball and served as president of the Elk's Ladies Golf Association.
A letterwinner for the Ohio State women's soccer team from 2003-06, Melissa Miller became the Buckeyes' first two-time All-American, garnering second team accolades in 2003 and 2004. Miller earned All-Big Ten honors all four seasons, picking up first team laurels in 2004 and 2006 and second team honors in 2003 and 2005 in addition to NSCAA First Team All-Great Lakes Region selections in 2003 and 2004.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Miller anchored the Buckeye defense all four seasons, making 84 career starts, and helped guide the Buckeyes to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004 and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2004. As a freshman in 2003, Miller helped the Buckeyes to nine shutouts before bolstering a Buckeye back line that picked up 13 clean sheets in 2004, a number that currently sits tied for the program record.
Megan Mirick is one of the most decorated OSU women's lacrosse players in the program's history. A four-year letterwinner, as a senior Mirick was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year and the program's first first-team All-American. She was also a finalist for the Ohio State University Lacrosse Player of the Century award. Mirick concluded her career with the most goals (143) in Ohio State history and second in career scoring (182). She also had the most goals (53) and third-most points (59) in a single season. During her time at Ohio State, she was a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-American Lacrosse Conference honoree. Mirick joined the Ohio State coaching staff following her playing career.
Women's Swimming Coach 1980-97
Jim Montrella, the 1985 and 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year, led his Ohio State teams to five-consecutive Big Ten Conference championships from 1982-1986 and had 48 swimmers recognized as NCAA All-Americans during his 17 years at the helm. Montrella coached 66 Big Ten individual champions, five Big Ten Swimmer of the Year honorees, two Ohio State Athlete of the Year recipients and one NCAA champion. Fifty of his swimmers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, with five receiving the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor. Nine of his swimmers have been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, including Holly Humphrey, the 1994 Ohio NCAA Woman of the Year and a Top 10 finalist for the NCAA Women of the Year Award. Montrella was also head or assistant coach for more than 20 USA National Swimming Teams and served as a member of the USA Swimming Olympic International Operating Committee from 1972-96. Now retired, although he still gets requests for coaching consulting work, Montrella and his wife Bev, who was an assistant swimming coach for 17 years at Ohio State, reside in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Synchronized Swimming 1999-02
Carolina Moraes is one of the most decorated synchronized swimmers in Ohio State history, winning 11 national championships, including the coveted team routine title in 2000. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes, along with her sister, Isabela, was a member of the duet and trio routines that won the national title four-consecutive years from 1999 to '02. Moraes also was the solo champion in 2001 and '02. Moraes was a member of three national championship squads during her career (2000-02). In her senior season, Moraes was a Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist. At the 2000 and '04 Olympics, Moraes and Isabela competed in the duet routine for their home country of Brazil. During her time at Ohio State, Moraes was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American.
Synchronized Swimming 1999-02
Isabela Moraes finished her career at Ohio State as an 11-time national champion. Isabela contributed to the national champion squads that captured three consecutive team routine crowns from 2000-02. From 1999-2002, Moraes, along with her sister, Carolina, was a member of the national champion duet and trio routines. She was a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor her senior season. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes was Academic All-Big Ten on three occasions and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American. In 2000 and 2004, Moraes and her sister, Carolina, represented Brazil in the Olympics in the duet routine.
Field Hockey 2003-06
Three-time All-American midfielder Saskia MŁeller finished her career in the Top 5 in the Buckeye record books in career assists (45), game winning goals (8), games started (73) and single-season assists with 19 points as a junior. She also was a three-time All-Region honoree and All-Big Ten selection. During her senior year in 2006, MŁeller was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to earn the top conference honor. During her senior season, MŁeller was a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, finishing fourth in the conference in points, tying her career high with nine goals, including three of which were gamewinners. She guided the Scarlet and Gray to a Big Ten regular-season championship, while starting all 19 games.
MŁeller also succeeded in the classroom, earning the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor during the 2006-07 season. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.
Laura Murray was a three-time All-American, two-time individual and national champion and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for Ohio State pistol from 1997-2000. The pivot point of the emergence of Ohio State pistol, Murray made a commitment to shoot in every event (even those normally shot by males), leading Ohio State to its first open national championship and first women's national championship in 2000.
Murray had a breakout performance at the 1999 NRA National Championships, claiming first-place finishes with the Women's Sport Pistol and Open Standard Pistol teams as well as posting a first-place finish in Standard Pistol as an ROTC Individual. Additionally, she placed second as an individual in Women's Sport Pistol and third with the Women's Air Pistol team.
At the 2000 NRA National Championships, Murray led Ohio State to its first Open and Women's National Championships, also becoming the first Ohio State student-athlete to capture the Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol Individual Championships. In addition, she placed first as a member of the Open Free Pistol, Open Standard Pistol, Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sports Pistol teams. For the second consecutive year, Murray placed first in Standard Pistol as an ROTC Individual and third as a member of the Women's Air Pistol team.
For her performances at the 2000 NRA National Championships, Murray earned First Team All-America honors in Standard Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol and Second Team All-America honors in Women's Air Pistol.
An Academic All-Big Ten, three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner, Murray was also an exceptional student, receiving a nursing degree from Ohio State in 2000. A member of the Navy ROTC, Murray was a member of the Anchor and Chain Honor Society (1997-00) and a recipient of the Midshipman Star Award (1997-00). Upon graduation, Murray was employed as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer, serving as a Staff Nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit (2000-01), Women's and Children Unit (2001-02) and Postanesthesia Care Unit (2002-04) at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before moving on to serve as a Staff Nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit (2008-10) at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C.
During her career at Ohio State, Maria Olazagasti was Ohio State's all-time leader in singles wins with a total of 81. In 1977, she broke the school record for most singles wins in a season (29). She helped Ohio State claim OAISW and MAIAW Championships in 1977 and 1978. After leaving Ohio State, Olazagasti went on to become Secretary of the Sports and Recreation in Puerto Rico.
The 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year. A two-time all-Big Ten selection (1989 and 1990) Second-team All-American in 1989 and third-team All-American in 1990 A three-time all-region pick. OSU record-holder in career kills (1,802) and attempts (4,473). Selected to the USA "B" Team during the summer of 1990. Four-time winner of Big Ten Player of the Week accolades. Named to the Big Ten second team All-Decade team. OSU Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. Led Ohio State to NCAA Tournament in 1989 and 1990. Member of OSU's 1989 Big Ten Championship team.
Women's Lacrosse 2002-05
Regina Oliver, a two-time All-American, ended her Ohio State career as one of the most decorated players in the women's lacrosse program's history. As a standout midfielder, Oliver concluded her career in 2004 with the career caused turnover record (201) and owns the Top 4 spots in the single-season totals from each of her four seasons. In addition to All-America honors from each major publication, she was a finalist for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy, as well as the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. It is without surprise the most successful years of Buckeye lacrosse coincide with Oliver's career. As a sophomore, she helped lead the Buckeyes to a 12-11 victory over the then-eight time defending national champion Maryland March 31, 2002 in College Park, a win which stands among the program's biggest and factored into its first appearance in the NCAA tournament. During that postseason run, Oliver took part in the Buckeyes' first NCAA tournament advancement after upsetting fourth-ranked Duke, 10-7, May 8, 2003 in Durham, N.C. Oliver is a member of the US National Team, helping the squad to the 2009 World Cup Championship and earning All-World Team honors in the process. She also has been the assistant coach of the Duquesne women's lacrosse team for the past four seasons.
Mary Ormsby, a 1980 all-Big Ten selection, served as team captain in 1979 and as co-captain in 1980. She led Ohio State to three OAISW titles and the 1979 MAIAW regional championship. The 1979 team posted a school record 37 wins. The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete was also a member of the Canadian National Team in 1981. After leaving Ohio State, Ormsby pursued a journalism career for The Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper.
Gladys E. Palmer
Gladys Palmer will forever be remembered for her pioneering work in women's athletics. In 1926, she developed a specialized set of baseball rules for softball still known as the "The Palmer Code." A multi-sport athlete herself, she pressed to establish the first-ever Intercollegiate Golf Tournament for women. The tournament was held at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in 1941. Despite rousing opposition, it was this event that generated a national governing body for women's collegiate athletics.
Field Hockey, Basketball
Captained unbeaten women's basketball team in 1960-61 ... First-Team All-Lake Erie field hockey as a left wing ... president of Ohio State Physical Education Association, 1960-61 ... after leaving Ohio State, spent 20 years coaching girls high school sports in Cleveland area (basketball: 1970-90; volleyball: 1974-76; track and field: 1971-77; softball: 1978-1982).
Three-time All-American (1988-90) ... two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... Big Ten champion in 3-meter and 10-meter platform dive in 1989 and 1990 ... member of U.S. National Diving Team - 1990-91 ... chosen by fellow divers as Phillips 66 Performance Award winner at 1990 U.S. Indoor National Championships ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten (1989-90) ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (1988-92).
Field Hockey Coach 1973-86
Reynolds served as Ohio State's head field hockey coach from 1973-1986. Accumulated a 142-77-24 record during her 14-year tenure. A member of United States field hockey team. She impacted the community by getting media and the public involved in womens sports. Gave time to coaching until she succumbed to cancer in 1987.
Coreen Richter was Ohio State's first women's fencing All-American. During her career, she won more duel meets than any fencer in OSU history. Her accomplishments included the 1983 Big Ten Championship in foil and a fifth place finish at the 1981 NCAA Championships. The four-time Scholar Athlete was voted the team's most valuable fencer in 1983.
Monica Rincon was an All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree for the women's tennis team, just the second Buckeye to earn multiple all-conference honors. Rincon competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship twice, reaching the quarterfinal round in 2001 to earn All-America accolades, as she and doubles partner Kristy Dascoli became the first All-Americans in program history. The duo was ranked a program-record fifth nationally during the season.
She ended her career with 101 singles wins, ranking second in program history, and qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship as a senior in 2002, just the second Buckeye to earn a spot in the national singles tournament. Rincon tied the program record for doubles wins in a single season with 30 in 2001 while her 30 singles wins in 2000 ranked second all-time. She ended her career tied for third in program history with 92 doubles victories. Rincon and the Buckeyes earned a berth in the NCAA Team Championship each of her four campaigns.
Rincon received the Midwest Region Senior Award and the Arthur Ashe, Jr., Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Midwest Region from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which also lauded here as the 2000 Midwest Region Player to Watch. She was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. Rincon spent time as a volunteer coach with the Buckeyes following graduation.
While at Ohio State, Tracey Rinker won four Big Ten individual championships and led the Buckeyes to three consecutive Big Ten titles. She won the all-around, balance beam and uneven bars in the 1983 Big Ten Championships and repeated on the uneven bars in 1984. She won All-America honors in 1983 when she finished second at the NCAA's on the uneven bars. Rinker was a member of three consecutive regional championship teams from 1982 to 1984.
Member of the 1993 national runner-up and Big Ten co-championship team ... 1993 Kodak Honorable Mention All-American ... 1992 and 1993 First Team All-Big Ten ... 1990 and 1991 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... 1990 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... holds the Ohio State single-game record for 3-point field-goal percentage, hitting 6-of-6 shots vs. Northwestern in 1993 ... third on the career points list with 1,818 points in 118 career games ... second on the Ohio State steals list with 273 career swipes.
Stacy Roth, a 2002 Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection, is OSU's career record holder in several categories. Roth re-wrote the batting record books in 2002, tallying a single-season record 66 RBI in her final season as a Buckeye. Roth is currently second in OSU history with 166 RBI and still holds the single-season RBI record. The two-time OSU Most Valuable Player posted near 1.00 RBI per game average, which ranked among the best in the nation while also leading the Big Ten. Roth helped lead the Buckeyes to the program's second NCAA regional appearance in team history, posting a .374 batting average with 71 hits, 15 home runs and a .684 slugging percentage. Roth also was selected as a second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2000 and 2001 as well as a third team All-Big Ten performer in 1999 during her freshman season. She ranks in the Top 10 in multiple categories in OSU softball history. On the career list, Roth sits seventh in batting average (.348), fourth in hits (221), third in doubles (45), fifth in home runs (29) and sixth in walks (70). Roth also holds several Top 10 single-season records, including seventh in batting average (.386), fourth in hits (71), seventh in doubles (14) and fourth in home runs (15).
In the classroom, Roth was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2002 First Team Academic All-District IV honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She earned her bachelor's degree in family and human development in the School of Human Ecology.
Donna Silber won a total of ten Big Ten Championships as a Buckeye. She won on the floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven bars. Silber-Berry won the all-around event three times. She was a three-time OAISW all-around champion and the 1980 MAIAW vaulting champion. A two-time OSU Scholar Athlete, Silber won the all-around competition against the Korean National Gymnastics Team her junior year.
Cross Country/Track 1979-82
Beth Sheridan won the 10,000 meter run at the 1980 Big Ten Championship. Strong in both the 5,000 and 10,000, Sheridan lettered in both cross country and track. During her Ohio State career, she set an outdoor record in the 10,000 meter and an indoor record in the 5,000. She also excelled in the classroom, earning scholar-athlete honors as a freshman, junior and senior.
Anna Smith became the first Buckeye softball player to be named to the NFCA first-team All-America squad. She also was a four-time member of the All-Big Ten team and in 2002 was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. During her career, she set eight Ohio State records, including career hits (243), career runs scored (166), career stolen bases (108), single season batting average (.507), single season hits (105), single season runs scored (68), single season stolen bases (40) and single season triples (8). Smith, who was a member of the U.S. Softball National Team, is 12th all-time in the NCAA record books for hits in a season (105).
Arguably the finest women's basketball player in the history of the Big Ten ... helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year ... was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and National Freshman of the Year ... also named to a First-Team spot on the Kodak All-America team that year (the first freshman since Cheryl Miller to be so honored) ... scored 2,578 points during her amazing career and is the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer ... totaled a school-record 745 points as a senior ... won All-Big Ten honors in each of her last three years and was a First-Team All-America pick as a senior ... also the Big Ten MVP as a senior ... averaged 20.8 points per game for her career ... a member of the 2000 USA Olympic Team which won Gold ...also an excellent student, winning Academic All-America honors ... currently playing in the WNBA.
Track and Field, 2000-03
Tami Smith was a five-time Big Ten champion, two-time First Team All-American and school record-holder in the high jump during her time on the Ohio State women's track and field team from 2000-04. She is co-owner of the OSU indoor record (6-0.00) and is the only Buckeye to reach that same height during the outdoor season.
The Columbus native and Westland High School product won three consecutive indoor Big Ten titles from 2001-03 and added back-to-back outdoor titles in 2002 and 2003. Smith earned First Team All-America status in 2002 during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She placed sixth at the 2002 NCAA indoor championships with a jump of 5-9.00 and followed it up with an eighth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA outdoor championships with a jump of 5-8.75. She competed at the 2003 NCAA outdoor championships as well, narrowly missing the cut for the final round with her jump of 5-7.25.
A three time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Smith graduated with a degree in communication during the spring of 2003.
1986, '87 and '88 Big Ten vault Champion ... received Senior Regional Gymnast of the Year honors in 1989 ... three-time Ann Carr Award winner ... voted OSU Most Valuable Gymnast in 1987 ... All-American on vault in 1987 ... Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1987, '88 and '89 ... received Academic All-America honors in 1989 ... four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete ... Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist.
One of the best women golfers in Ohio State history, Cheryl Stacy won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1984 and '85. Stacy placed fifth at the 1984 NCAA championships, was a two-time All-Big Ten pick and won First-Team All-America honors during her senior season. She also was a three-time Ohio State MVP, won the Ohio Amateur title in 1984 and '85 and was runner-up at the 1985 U.S. Women's Amateur championships. Her 72.4 season average set during the 1983-84 season is currently the lowest in OSU history.
Women's Volleyball Head Coach, 1982-2007
Jim Stone served as the head coach of the Ohio State women's volleyball team for 26 years and compiled a 531-294 overall record with the Buckeyes, including a 297-177 record in Big Ten competition. He won the Big Ten championship three times and finished second five times at the helm of the program. Nationally, Stone and Ohio State participated in 15 NCAA tournaments, advancing to the NCAA championship semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Overall, Stone's teams finished the season ranked nationally 16 times, including a No.4-ranking in 1994.
During his time at Ohio State, Stone and his student-athletes compiled an extensive list of both conference and national honors. Stone was named the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year after guiding the squad to an undefeated record in Big Ten play and an NCAA semifinal appearance. He was also named AVCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year that season. In total, Stone earned four AVCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
Stone coached 19 AVCA All-Americans, including AVCA Player of the Year winners Laura Davis (1994) and Stacey Gordon (2004). Seventeen of his student-athletes combined for 31 AVCA All-Region honors, while 26 student-athletes totaled 60 All-Big Ten accolades. Academically, Stone coached two Academic All-Americans with student-athletes totaling eight Academic All-District and 81 Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Jodelle (Jodie) Stranges
Named the 2002 Touchdown Club/OSU Athlete of the Century for women's soccer ... Second Team All-American in 1996 ... four-time All-Big Ten honoree ... NSCAA Great Lakes Region First Team selection in 1996 and a second team pick in 1995 ... received Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1995 ... three-time MVP and two-time team captain ... four-time letterwinner.
Four-time All-American in foil, earning first team honors three times (1995, '96, '97) and a second-team nod in 1998 ... member of Midwestern Collegiate Conference Champion foil team in 1998 ... won conference individual title in 1997 ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten (1996-99) and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... remained involved with the sport as a referee ... ranked as one of the Top 3 female referees in the nation and was voted Midwest Referee of the Year.
Pistol Coach 1986-87, 1999-Present
James Sweeney has served as head coach of the Ohio State pistol team for more than 15 years, coaching the squad to five NRA Collegiate National Championship titles and coaching seven student-athletes to 23 NRA Collegiate Individual Championships. Throughout his time with the pistol team, Sweeney has coached one Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year (Teresa Meyer), two Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor recipients (Laura Murray and Jessica Marshall), 33 All-Americans and 39 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Sweeney led the pistol team to its first NRA Collegiate National Championship in his first year as head coach, also guiding his student-athletes to national titles in free pistol, standard pistol, sport pistol and women's air pistol that same year. Under Sweeney's guidance, the women's pistol team has captured four NRA National Championships (2000, 2004, 2005 and 2009). In 2003 and 2011, Sweeney was named the NRA Distinguished Coach of the Year.
Sweeney's Ohio State coaching contributions date back to 1960-62, when he served as an assistant coach with the men's gymnastics program. He left Ohio State to serve as the head coach for men's gymnastics at Washington State (1962-66) before returning to Columbus as the head coach for the men's gymnastics program (1966-77) and as the head coach and advisor for the spirit program (1968-69). He was honored as the NCAA Mid-East Men's Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 1968.
Sweeney has been actively involved in the shooting community for over 30 years, both as an active competitor and as the Director of the State of Ohio International Pistol Championships as well as of leagues in air gun, action pistol and bullseye. His contributions to society do not end in the shooting community, as he served as a foster parent for 16 years, working with children of various ages until they were adopted or could return to their homes.
Sweeney graduated from Ohio State in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, continuing his studies at his alma mater and earning his master's degree in physical education (curriculum design) in 1960. In 1965, Sweeney graduated from Ohio State with a doctorate degree in physical education (educational psychology).
While studying at Ohio State, Sweeney also competed on the freshman football team (1952-53) under head coach Woody Hayes before joining the men's gymnastics team (1953-56) after rehabilitating from a football injury. He was a finalist on still rings at the 1956 NCAA Championships.
Over the years since his graduation from Ohio State, Sweeney has written seven publications (1960-76), served as an assistant professor at Washington State (1962-66), and served as an instructor (1960-62), associate professor (1979-94), assistant professor (1966-79) and associate professor emeritus (1994-Present) at Ohio State in addition to his responsibilities as head coach of the pistol team.
Track and Field, 1979-82
Sprinted her way to a total of eight All-America honors with four each in indoor and outdoor track and field ... the 1988 OSU Female Athlete of the Year, Tate won three Big Ten Indoor and three outdoor championships while making history at the 1987 indoor meet by becoming the first athlete to win three individual titles in one meet ... also earned Athlete of the Championships at that meet ... won indoor conference titles in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles and 300-meter dash ... took the outdoor crown in the 100-meter hurdles (1987 and '88) ... established school and Big Ten records in five events ... multiple Big Ten Athlete of the Month awards throughout her career ... currently is a language arts teacher and head coach of the cross country and track and field teams for Dade County Public Schools in Dade County, Florida.
Kelly L. Trent
A four-time letterwinner for the golf team, Trent was a model of consistency as she did not miss an event until her senior season (because of injury) ... as a freshman, she powered OSU to its first Big Ten title (1979) by winning the conference's individual title over heavily favored Michigan State senior, and two-time defending medalist, Sue Ertl, becoming the first freshman champion in conference history ... helped the team earn the Big Ten title in 1980 and '81 ... also helped the team to the Midwest Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) title in 1979, '80 and '81 ... named most valuable player in 1979 and 1980 and won the Buckeye Award in 1979 ... All-MAIAW in 1979 and '80 ... currently is the head golf professional at Raymond Memorial Golf Course in Columbus, the first women to do so in Central Ohio.
Amy Tucker served as an assistant coach and graduate assistant coach at OSU. In that time span, the school compiled an overall record of 71-15 and earned Big Ten titles in 1982, 1983 and 1985. As a player, she was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a Wade Trophy Finalist and an all-MAIAW and OAISW choice in 1981. After graduation, Tucker coached at Stanford University with former Buckeye head coach Tara VanDerveer.
Earned All-America honors on both vault and all-around in 1999 ... first Buckeye gymnast to earn the distinction on two events ... won Big Ten titles on vault in both 1998 and '99 and claimed the balance beam title in 1999 ... four-time All-Big Ten selection ... three-time NCAA championships qualifier ... tied Ohio State record on balance beam with a 9.975 vs. Pittsburgh in 1999 ... four-time letterwinner.
Field Hockey/Tennis 1971-75
Three-sport star Barbara Wetters Blosser competed in three national championship events in one year. A four-time Big Ten doubles champion, she was named to the 1971 Midwest Collegiate All-Star Field Hockey team. She also was captain of the basketball team as a freshman and sophomore. After leaving Ohio State, Wetters Blosser served as an athletic administrator at William and Mary College.
A three-time All-American for the Buckeyes, Kristen White concluded her collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in the women's golf program's history. White competed on the course for the Scarlet and Gray from 2002-2005 and finished her career as the only Buckeye to be a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2003, 2005) and a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Her senior season, White captured the Big Ten medalist title and led Ohio State to a conference tournament crown in 2005. While on the team, the Buckeyes won four-consecutive Big Ten titles (2002-2005) and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA tournament all four years. In 2002, she became the fifth Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels and in 2003, White led Ohio State to a first-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational as she took medalist honors as a sophomore, shooting a course-record 66 on the Scarlet Course in the second round.
Just as she was successful on the course, White was also successful in the classroom. She is the only Buckeye to earn four NGCA Academic All-America honors and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. White earned her bachelor's degree in marketing in 2006. The 2005 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner becomes the seventh women's golfer to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
A 1992 All-American she competed on U.S. National Team. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-American. The 1991 National Champion, National Junior Champion and National Collegiate Champion. Earned 21 national records during her career. Won a gold medal at 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival. Guided team to second place finish in smallbore and third place overall finish at NCAA Championship.
The Alaska Sportsperson of the Year as a high school senior, she made an immediate impact on the collegiate level by winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1988 ...talented middle blocker who went on to be a three-time All-Big Ten pick and a consensus First-Team All-America as a senior ... led the Buckeyes to their first-ever Big Ten title and NCAA appearance in 1989, followed by two more trips to the NCAAs and another Big Ten crown before graduation ...named Big Ten Player of the Year and Ohio State Athlete of the Year as a senior, when OSU advanced to the national semi-finals ... following her playing days, she was an assistant coach at Northern Michigan, Boise State and now Michigan.
1996 All-American ... 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year ... 1998 OSU Female Athlete of the Year ... two-time All-Big Ten selection ... six-time Big Ten Player of the Week ... holds the Ohio State record for most kills in a season with 765 ... also holds the school record for most attempts with 1,743 ... led the Buckeyes in 1996 and 1997 in kills, attempts, service aces and solo blocks ... helped guide the Buckeyes to three-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
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