Ohio State ending Mirror Lake jump tradition after student dies
COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX 8) -- Ohio State University plans to work with students to end a tradition in response to a man dying after being pulled from Mirror Lake.
The student was removed from the lake early Wednesday morning and taken to Wexner Medical Center, where he passed away. The student has been identified as Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio.
"We are heartbroken over this horrible tragedy. We have tentatively identified the young man as a student and are in the process of reaching out to his family. During this difficult time, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend for those who seek support," OSU President Michael V. Drake said on the school's website.
Students have been jumping into Mirror Lake before the Ohio State Buckeyes play Michigan since 1990. The jump is not a university-sponsored event.
Ohio State released the following statement after this year's tragedy:
"In spite of significant efforts taken to make this event a safer one, this tragedy has occurred. We must come together and acknowledge that while this is a student-led tradition that has been passed down through the years, we cannot risk another tragedy. University leadership strongly agrees that we will work with our campus community to end this annual event."