Bellbrook grad ID’d as OSU student who died after Mirror Lake jump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A Bellbrook man has now been identified as the student who died after being rushed to the hospital after being pulled from Mirror Lake early Wednesday morning. Now officials with the Ohio State University say they are working on stopping the tradition of jumping into Mirror Lake.

He is identified as 22-year-old Austin Singletary, a third-year student at Ohio State. He graduated from Bellbrook High School in 2012.

While at Ohio State, he was working at the Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection at Eastgate Elementary School. He was a site leader at the Near East Side Health Sciences Programming at Eastgate Elementary, according to Ohio State’s website.

He assisted elementary school students by helping them academically and to address their own behavioral issues, it said.

He was studying at the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State as a Human Nutrition major with a minor in Business Management.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday during the annual jump into Mirror Lake before Ohio State plays Michigan on Saturday.

The university gave a revised statement Wednesday afternoon from university president Michael Drake:

“We are heartbroken over this horrible tragedy. We have identified the young man as Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio. I know that the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family and loved ones. During this difficult time, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend for those who seek support.”

According to Vernon Baisden, OSU’s Director of Public Safety, a man was pulled from the water and taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. The man was later pronounced dead.

In a released statement, officials with OSU said they are working on stopping the tradition of the student jump into Mirror Lake the week the football team plays Michigan.

Read the university’s full statement:

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.

According to OSU President Michael Drake, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend, for any students who need it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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