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Four Nittany Lions Earn Honors From Penn State

by on April 01, 2019 3:00 PM

Four Nittany Lion student athletes have earned accolades from Penn State for their achievements in academics, athletics and leadership.

The senior award honored Jason Nolf (wrestling) and Emily Ogle (women’s soccer) have been selected as the 2018-19 recipients of the Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award. Kelsey Crow (women’s hockey) was named the recipient of the University’s Eric A. Walker Award and Ally McHugh (women’s swimming and diving) is among the John W. Oswald Award honorees.

All four were recognized at the Penn State Student Awards ceremony March 31 at Eisenhower Auditorium.

According to Penn State, the McCoy Award has been presented annually since 1971 to one senior female and one senior male student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernie McCoy, the long-time dean of Penn State's College of Physical Education, who also served as the University's athletic director.

The Eric A. Walker Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Walker was president of Penn State from 1956-70.

The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970-83.

Jason Nolf

Nolf wrapped up one of the most successful collegiate wrestling careers in NCAA history in March by winning his third consecutive NCAA Championship at 157 pounds.

A native of Yatesboro, Pa., Nolf won the 2019 Big Ten Championship and was named the 2019 Big Ten Championship Co-Outstanding Wrestler. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection as well and was the 2019 Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Year (with teammate Bo Nickal).

Emily Ogle

Ogle compiled one of the most successful careers in the history of Penn State women’s soccer graduating with a 3.99 grade-point average and a degree in kinesiology. On the field over her four seasons she was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions earn an 87-23-11 record and was a part of four Big Ten regular season titles, three Big Ten Tournament titles, and the program’s first NCAA Championship in 2015. 

Kelsey Crow

The 2018-19 team captain, Crow has a 3.94 GPA and is on schedule to graduate in May with degrees in psychology and biology. She plans to attend medical school at the University of Minnesota next fall. Crow finished with 16 points and a team-best 15 assists in her senior season to lead Penn State to its second-straight CHA Semifinal appearance. 

Ally McHugh

A 2018-19 team co-captain, McHugh is on schedule to graduate in May with a degree in biobehavioral health. Following graduation, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American will be continuing her training in Madison, Wisconsin, in preparation for the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials.

McHugh, a member of the U.S National team, is a two-time NCAA medalist in the women’s 1650 freestyle as she brought home a gold medal win in the 2019 Championships after earning a silver medal at the 2018 NCAA Championships. McHugh is the first swimmer in Penn State women’s swimming and diving history to win an NCAA individual championship.

McHugh also won the women’s 400 IM at the 2018 USA Swimming National Championships.

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