Go Bucks - 2016 Let us look back at the calendar year in buckeye athletics

We're crashing the back half of 2015-16 into the fall of 2016-17 to bring you the best of the best from the year that was...

To say it's been an exciting ride is an UNDERSTATEMENT!

Let's dive in ... shall we ...

MOMENTS.

Upsets. Tributes. Memories and more ...

Women's Volleyball knocks off No. 1 Nebraska in Lincoln in four sets Oct. 1
Women's Tennis serves up defeat number one to No. 1 Vanderbilt in February at the National Indoor Tournament. The win would foreshadow a vault to No. 1 in the country for the the first time in Buckeye program history.
Softball's Shelby Hursh throws her second career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Penn State at home in April.
Past Legends. Current Greats. Enduring Memories.
2009 National Player of the Year Evan Turner had his No. 21 raised to the rafters at The Schott Feb. 16 vs. TTUN. He would be inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in September.
All-American Kelsey Mitchell dropped 45 points in leading Women's Basketball past West Virginia to the Sweet 16 at St. John Arena. Her total was the fourth-most scored in a NCAA Tournament game.
Men's Hockey claimed the Florida College Classic with impressive wins over No. 4 Boston College and Cornell.

JaQuan Lyle helped the Buckeyes stun Kentucky in MSG with this floater and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer just before halftime.

Trevor Thompson slams home a pair against the Wildcats.
The Catch. The Next Level. The Ultimate Salute.
OH-NOAH! B1G co-Player of the Year J.T. Barrett connected with Noah Brown on this circus catch in the corner of the Oklahoma end zone. The snag propelled the Buckeyes to a Top 10 road win in Norman Sept. 17.
Former Buckeye Bradley Roby wins the Super Bowl with Denver. His Broncos defeat Carolina, which boasts four Buckeyes on its roster. Ohio State has the most former players (five) participate in Super Bowl 50 of any NCAA team.

Ohio State sets an NFL record with 12 players selected in the first four rounds of the draft, including five 1st-rounders.

Credit: Kyle Roberson

Former football head coach Earle Bruce (1979-87) dots the "i" in Script Ohio at Homecoming vs. Rutgers Oct. 1.

CHAMPIONS.

"We had one goal ... and we weren't going to be stopped."
NATIONAL TITLES.
Led by National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen, Men's Volleyball swept BYU and was ecstatic in Happy Valley, winning its second NCAA crown since 2011 in May.
The Pistol team won its third consecutive national title in March.
Rowing's First Varsity Eight won the national title in May.
"I don’t know when it’s going to hit us but when it does, I think it’s going to be awesome."
THE BEST OF THE B1G.
Men's Gymnastics won its first B1G championship since 2007 at home in St. John Arena in April.
Rowing won its fourth-consecutive conference crown in May.
Baseball rolled through the B1G tourney on its way to hoisting the trophy and a bid to the NCAA postseason in May.
ONE B1G WEEKEND ...

Four Buckeye teams claimed conferences titles in the span of three days - April 22-24.

B1G Player of the Year Francesca Di Lorenzo lead Women's Tennis to its first conference championship.
B1G Player of the Year Mikael Torpegaard (center) captained Men's Tennis to an unbeaten conference campaign and 10th B1G title in the last 11 seasons.
Women's Golf took home its third B1G tournament title in as many seasons.
Men's Volleyball completed the MIVA sweep adding the tournament crown to the regular season trophy at home in St. John Arena.
Individual National Champions.
L-R Clockwise: Kyle Snyder, Colin Zeng, Alex johnson, Maximilien Chastanet. Elanor Harvey, Myles Martin, Emma Baranski (below)

RECORDS. STREAKS. HONORS.

THE FOOTBALL SENIOR CLASS CAPPED OFF ITS CAREER WITH A FIESTA BOWL WIN OVER NOTRE DAME AND AN ALL-TIME BEST 50-4 RECORD.

In 2016, J.T. Barrett became Ohio State's all-time leader in touchdown passes and touchdowns responsible for.
In August, Ohio State was named the No. 1 team in the history of the AP poll.
Major Milestones.
Kelsey Mitchell becomes the fastest player in NCAA history to score 2,000 career points.
Cammi Prantl became softball's career hits and doubles leader last spring.
Alex Bayne tied an OSU record by belting 19 home runs in 2016.
Valeria León set the Ohio State career record for digs.

All-American Taylor Sandbothe broke the school record for career blocks.

STREAKS.
Women's lacrosse established a new program best with an 11-1 start to 2016, including a nine-game win streak.
Men's tennis ripped off 17 straight wins during the regular season and capped another unbeaten home season at 18-0.
During it's 2016 NCAA Championship run, men's volleyball suffered it's last defeat Feb. 6. The team heads into 2017 on a 23-match win streak.
Women's tennis won 16 matches in a row before bowing out in the NCAA quarterfinals, its best finish in program history.

The Rowing Varsity A Boat upped its string to three-consecutive national championships and four-straight Big Ten titles.

Leaders.
A record 561 Buckeyes earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status in 2016 and a total of 213 student-athletes earned their degrees combined in the Spring, Summer and Fall quarters.

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST STAGE.

A total of 15 world-class athletes with Ohio State ties trekked to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

At 20 years old in August, Kyle Snyder became the youngest U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal with his victory at 213 lbs (USA Wrestling).
Ilse Paulis (left) rowed to gold for The Netherlands (AP).
Michelle Williams helped Canada take Bronze in the 4x100m relay.
On the pitch, Nichelle Prince capture a bronze medal with with Team Canada.
Eleanor Harvey unseated the World No. 1 in the foil for Team Canada.

Nate Ebner left his position on the New England Patriots to take a lead spot on the U.S. Rugby squad.

Long jumper Michael Hartfield scored the selfie of these Games.
Your Buckeyes in Brazil ...

BEST FANS.

In 2015-16, Ohio State athletics events welcomed more than 1.5 million fans and record Buckeye crowds continue to pour in.

An Ohio Stadium record was set in the win over TTUN this November.
More than 100,000 Buckeye fans piled into The Shoe for the annual Spring Game, again breaking a national attendance record.
Men's lacrosse topped That Team Up North in front of a crowd approaching 55,000 inside Ohio Stadium on Spring Game Saturday.

Buckeye fans not only repeated as the USA Today Fan Index champion in 2016 but were named the No. 8 overall fan base in the world.

Men's gymnastics set a home attendance record with more than 2,200 in St. John Arena.
Softball sold out Buckeye Field for the first time in April.
  • Field Hockey and women's tennis also set all-time attendance marks in 2016

86,000-plus packed The Shoe for a first-ever International Champions Cup match in July between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid.

OUR RIVALS

Men's Hockey capped a sweep of TTUN downtown at Nationwide Arena in March.

Men's Gymnastics rose above the maize & blue for a victory in Ann Arbor.
Men's Tennis made quick work of their rivals with a pair of 4-0 sweeps both in the regular season and postseason meetings.

Does it get any better than winning a B1G title in Blue's pool?

All-American swimmer Lindsey Clary took first at the B1G meet at TTUN.

Men's Lacrosse took care of TTUN during the Showdown in The 'Shoe in April.

Men's Basketball took care of TTUN at home the night Evan Turner's No. 21 was hung in the rafters of The Schott.
  • Women's Basketball outraced UM up north 97-93.
  • Women's Lacrosse escaped Ann Arbor with a one-goal victory and win No. 8 of nine in a row.

In East Lansing, Women's Tennis finished off TTUN for its first B1G tourney title.

Baseball swept Blue as it closed out the Bill Davis Stadium home season.

It goes down IN THE FALL

It took two overtimes but the Buckeyes tackled TTUN and earned a bid to the College Football Playoff.

  • Men's Soccer also used double OT to outlast their rivals in Ann Arbor.
  • Women's Soccer walked away with a 2-1 win at Blue.

2016: WHAT A PERFORMANCE!

Hope you enjoyed the show!

BETTER BE READY FOR 2017!

Credits:

Columbus Dispatch; AP; USASTI; IOC

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