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Ohio State athletes once again lead the way in the classroom

A record-breaking cohort earned a prestigious Big Ten academic award.

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They’re called student athletes for a reason.

Congrats to the 131 Buckeyes who were named B1G Distinguished Scholars! Athletes from 31 Ohio State varsity sports were recognized for their academic achievement. For the fourth-straight year, Ohio State led the conference in recipients of this prestigious award. This year’s massive cohort also broke last year’s school record of 129 scholars.

The B1G Distinguished Scholar is a major achievement, requiring Academic All-Big Ten recognition the previous academic year, full-time enrollment and, most impressive, a grade point average greater than 3.7 (Academic All-Big Ten requires at least a 3.0 GPA).

For individual programs, women’s swimming and diving led the way, with 13 scholars. Of the 131 athletes earning this honor, 19 scored a perfect 4.0 GPA last academic year.

The Distinguished Scholar program began in 2008 to supplement Academic All-Big Ten honors. In all, 1,104 student athletes from across the conference were named B1G Distinguished Scholars.

You’ll see another Ohio State hockey player in the NHL next year…

Forward Dakota Joshua, a four-year player for the Ohio State hockey team, just signed a two-year deal with the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

Joshua was initially taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 NHL Draft. As a reminder (because you’re probably confused), the NHL allows drafted players to retain their NCAA eligibility, meaning Joshua was able to play four seasons for the Buckeyes before committing to his professional career. Now that he has graduated, with a bachelor’s degree in sports industry no less, Joshua was eligible to play for the Leafs, but was traded Friday to the Blues.

Joshua is a native of Michigan, but wisely opted to come to Columbus for his college career.

During his time with Ohio State, Joshua scored 41 goals and recorded 59 assists. He was a key part of the Buckeyes’ 2018 Frozen Four run. This past season, he was crucial to the Buckeyes’ first-ever Big Ten regular season title.

In addition to Joshua’s trade over the weekend, center Ryan Dzingel signed a two-year, $6.75 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The downside is that Dzingel was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dzingel played for Ohio State from 2011-14, earning first team All-Big Ten honors in his final season with the Buckeyes.

But it’s not just hockey.

A number of current, future and former Buckeyes are making their marks on their respective professional campaigns. While Wimbledon might have been the talk of the tennis world over the past week, two Buckeyes found success elsewhere on the court. Incoming freshman Layne Sleeth took home the ITF $15K Cancun Tennis Cup, losing just one set along the way. Luna Dormet, meanwhile, won it all in the Open Tennis Club de Tours in her native France.

Three former golfers participated in the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Sylvania over the weekend. Jessica Porvasnik, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year as a freshman in 2013, finished 63rd in the competition.

While not professional per se, incoming freshman Mackenzie Allessie was named to field hockey’s U.S. National Team roster for the 2019 Pan American Games. She became the youngest player on the U.S. Women’s National Team when she joined this past spring. The games are scheduled to run July 26-Aug. 11, after which Alessie will start her freshman campaign with the Buckeyes.

Midfielder Arden Holden, who played four years with the women’s soccer team, signed with BIIK Kazygurt in Kazakhstan. Her new squad took home the country’s Women’s Football Championship last season.

Missed the podcast episode?

A new Outside the Shoe episode released just before the weekend. Geoff Hammersley and I talked about OSU women’s soccer—reviewing last season and previewing the 2019 campaign. If you have a few minutes, you can listen to the show here, or click on the embed below.