Meet the finalists
Katie Borchers and Kevin Metka — Ohio State’s 2015 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners — were in good company as contenders for the achievement. Read about all 10 finalists.
Katie Borchers, cross country
Borchers is the most accomplished women's cross-country athlete in Ohio State history and one of the all-time best middle-distance runners in track. She is the reigning Big Ten 800-meter indoor and outdoor champion, a four-event school-record holder and Second Team All-American. On the cross-country course, Borchers is the only two-time All-American and All-Big Ten honoree for the Buckeyes, last season leading the Scarlet and Gray to its second-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships. Academically, Borchers is a 2014 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, 2014 Capital One Academic All-District selection, four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Borchers, of Russia, Ohio, is majoring in exercise science and plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy.
Katie Chase, lacrosse
Chase is one of the most decorated players in Buckeye women's lacrosse history. Chase is a two-time All-American Lacrosse Conference performer and is Ohio State's all-time leader in draw controls. The Woodbine, Maryland, native is on pace to finish second on the school's all-time list for goals and rank in the top five in total points. Last season, Chase was an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-West Region performer, led Ohio State with 49 goals and was second with 52 points. Off the field, Chase is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete who is double majoring in human development and family science with sport and leisure studies. Chase hopes to attend graduate school and one day become a certified child life specialist.
Taylor Kuehl, ice hockey
A four-year letter winner for the Ohio State women's ice hockey team, Kuehl suited up in 146 career games. With 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 career points, she concluded her collegiate career tied for 14th on Ohio State's all-time scoring list and 10th in points achieved by a forward. Kuehl, of Minnetrista, Minnesota, led Ohio State's 2014-15 senior class in total career points and ranked first on the team in scoring with 24 points during her senior campaign. A recipient of the team’s Academic Award, Kuehl is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete. She earned a degree in strategic communications and consumer science.
Celina Merza, fencing
Merza of Wayne, New Jersey, made two NCAA fencing championship appearances, securing ninth- and 18th-place finishes. The social work major plans to spend next year interning at a treatment center for substance abuse and public health, while training for the 2016 Olympic Games. She will continue to pursue her undergraduate degree and hopes to attend graduate school.
Chloe Meyer, rowing
A native of West Chester, Ohio, Meyer is a member of the three-time defending NCAA champion women's rowing team and a two-time NCAA champion as a member of the second varsity eight and first varsity four. She also is a four-time Big Ten champion. The former walk-on and Ohio State’s 2013 recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award finished the season as a member of the second varsity eight boat as a senior, finishing second at the NCAAs. Meyer is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete majoring in neuroscience.
Rhys Douglas, fencing
Douglas, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. He claimed gold at three Midwest Fencing Championships and has made three NCAA Fencing Championship appearances, where he finished 10th, 13th and 17th in sabre. He graduated with a degree in economics.
Alex Ivanov, soccer
Ivanov, was named the 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner for men’s soccer. Ivanov, a Strongsville, Ohio, native who became the program's first Academic All-American as a junior, led the Big Ten in saves for two-consecutive seasons with 91 stops. He finished third on Ohio State’s all-time career saves list with 239 stops and fifth in career shutouts with 15. A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering. Ivanov was the second Ohio State student-athlete to be honored as a Senior CLASS Award winner.
Misha Koudinov, gymnastics
Koudinov, from Auckland, New Zealand, was a 2012 All-American on parallel bars and second-team All-Big Ten selection for the men’s gymnastics team. He served as a team captain in 2013 and helped the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships as a senior in 2014. Academically, Koudinov was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time College Gymnastics Association Academic All-American. Koudinov is majoring in Japanese at Ohio State.
Kevin Metka, tennis
Metka, of Worthington, Ohio, is a men’s tennis team veteran and has been one of the top doubles players in the country over the past two seasons. He finished runner-up at the NCAA Doubles Championships last season and earned his first All-American honor. His 43 doubles victories last year were the second-most in a single-season in school history. During the recent season, he became just the 12th Buckeye to record his 100th career doubles victory. Metka, an engineering major, is a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. He earned his first All-Big Ten accolade last season.
Tim Wetzel, baseball
Wetzel, of Mayfield, Ohio, was a 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and a member of the baseball team from 2011 to 2014. The Buckeye outfielder collected 204 career starts, tallying 21 doubles, four triples and five home runs. The three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection scored 103 runs and drove in 84 to go along with 30 stolen bases. Wetzel is one of 10 Ohio State student-athletes to receive the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 2000.