A total of 674 Ohio State student-athletes were honored Wednesday night at Ohio State's annual scholar-athlete dinner, which recognizes all athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better for the year.
Wednesday night's honorees included 47 football players, eight men's basketball players, nine women's basketball players and 18 wrestlers, among many others. 76 student-athletes became four-time scholar-athletes, while nine earned the honor for the fifth time.
The full list of 2019 scholar-athletes can be found here.
12 Ohio State scholar-athletes were awarded postgraduate scholarships at Wednesday night's event, which you can see in the table below:
|GABRIELLA LECESSE||FENCING||LEANN GRIMES-DAVIDGE AWARD, JOHN DANA COLE AWARD|
|SASHA LAROCQUE||MEN'S HOCKEY||CORWIN A. FERGUS MEMORIAL AWARD|
|DAVID SZARVAS||MEN'S GYMNASTICS||CORWIN A. FERGUS MEMORIAL AWARD, PIERCE PHOENIX AWARD, VARSITY O SCHOLARSHIP AWARD|
|JOSEPH MCKENNA||WRESTLING||CORWIN A. FERGUS MEMORIAL AWARD|
|ALYSSA HOYING||SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING||CORWIN A. FERGUS MEMORIAL AWARD, VARSITY O SCHOLARSHIP AWARD|
|MADISON SHEAHAN||ROWING||M/I HOMES FOUNDATION AWARD|
|JACYN REEVES||WOMEN'S HOCKEY||M/I HOMES FOUNDATION AWARD|
|BAILEY URBACH||RIFLE||WOODY AND ANNE HAYES AWARD|
|RACHEL WARREN||SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING||WOODY AND ANNE HAYES AWARD|
|HANNAH GANTT||WOMEN'S LACROSSE||WOODY AND ANNE HAYES AWARD|
|BRENDON KEARNEY||MEN'S HOCKEY||WOODY AND ANNE HAYES AWARD|
|JOHN WIITALA||MEN'S HOCKEY||WOODY AND ANNE HAYES AWARD|
10 scholar-athletes were recognized as Ohio State's finalists this year for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Lauren Boyle (hockey), Alyssa Hoying (synchronized swimming), Devon Kerr (soccer), Lilli Piper (softball) and Karrington Winters (track) are the five finalists on the women's side, while Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (fencing), Cole Gorski (track), Mason Jobst (hockey), Martin Joyce (tennis) and Sanil Thomas (volleyball) are the five men's finalists.
The women's swimming and diving team was recognized for having the highest grade-point average among sports teams with large rosters, while the women's volleyball team received the honor for teams with small rosters. Synchronized swimming was honored for earning the most improved team GPA among teams with large rosters, while the women's basketball team had the most improved GPA among teams with small rosters.
For the football team, the 47 honorees included one four-time scholar athlete – offensive lineman Kevin Woidke – and nine three-time scholar-athletes: Drue Chrisman, Gavin Cupp, Brock Davin, Luke Farrell, Jake Hausmann, Dre’Mont Jones, Bryan Kristan, Liam McCullough and C.J. Saunders.
Eleven Warriors caught up with two of the football team's honorees, linebacker Teradja Mitchell and kicker Blake Haubeil, following the event, and you can hear what they had to say in the videos below.
"It means a lot," Mitchell said of being a scholar-athlete. "Football is not just the main focus, you got to get it done in the classroom as well, so it's just a blessing to be able to be a part of this and just keep working on and off the field."