ATHENS, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Monday its spring slate of Distinguished Scholar-Athletes. The sports included in the list were men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, baseball and softball.
Six Bobcats were included on the list including four from the Ohio softball team which captured the 2018 MAC Softball regular season and tournament championships.
The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is an award in its fourth year given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the spring sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. Also, first-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.
From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the 'best of the best' of the league's Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2017-18 season. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20% of nominees, whichever was greater.
Ohio's 2018 Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athletes
Lily Pendy, Ohio, Senior, 3.585 GPA, Communication Studies (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) – women's golf
*Alex Day, Ohio, Junior, 3.302 GPA, Exercise Physiology, Biological Studies & Applied Nutrition (Hilliard, OH) – softball
Morgan Geno, Ohio, Junior, 3.210 GPA, Communication Science and Disorders (Chillicothe, OH) – softball
*#Taylor Saxton, Ohio, Senior, 3.803 GPA, Sport Management, Strategic Leadership, Marketing & Business (Circleville, OH) – softball
*Danielle Stiene, Ohio, Senior, 3.303 GPA, Bios/Cells and Molecular Biology (Loveland, OH) – softball
*Rudy Rott, Ohio, Junior, 3.546 GPA, Sport Management (Holmen, WI) – baseball
*2016-17 Distinguished Scholar-Athlete
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