April 7, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 12 Ohio State women's gymnastics team finished second at the NCAA Raleigh Regional with a score of 196.225 Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. Ohio State advances to the NCAA Championships April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga. for the first time since 1990.
"I'm so proud of the girls," Ohio State head coach Carey Fagan said. "We drew a tough rotation, finishing on beam, but we were very prepared and I felt we could handle it. There were a lot of nerves coming into play over those last two rotations but the team handled it well and it's great to be moving on."
The Buckeyes began on floor where they posted a 48.95. The team was led by sophomore Sarah Miller, who scored a 9.85 to tie for third overall. Senior Casey Williamson was right behind her with a 9.825 to tie for seventh. Rounding out the top three for Ohio State was sophomore Melanie Shaffer with a 9.8 to tie for 12th.
In the second rotation, Ohio State traveled to vault. Senior co-captain Nicole Krauter set a career high with a 9.90 to set the tone for the team and tied for fourth overall. Miller followed her lead with a solid 9.875 to tie for seventh. Senior Alyssa Marohn and senior co-captain Colleen Dean rang in a pair of 9.825s to tie for 16th. The team tallied a 49.225 to have a two-event total of 98.175.
Up next for the Buckeyes was uneven bars where they earned a total of 49.125 points. A pair of 9.85s from Dean and Williamson led the Buckeyes to tie for fourth overall. Marohn tied for 10th with a 9.825. Sophomore Victoria Aepli and junior Taylor Jones rounded out the team score with a duo of 9.8s to tie for 16th overall.
In the last rotation, Ohio State had a solid beam performance to earn a 48.925 and solidify its spot at the NCAA Championships. A trio of 9.8s from freshman Sarah Grady, Dean and Miller set the pace for Ohio State. The 9.8 for Grady tied her previous career high.
Dean, the lone Buckeye in the all-around, placed seventh overall with a 39.175.
In addition to the performance on the floor, several Buckeyes earned awards away from the competition. Ohio State head coach Carey Fagan was named the Central Region Head Coach of the Year for the second time in her career while Meredith Yonushonis and Bill Lorenz earned Co-Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In addition, administrator Heather Lyke was named the Administrator of the Year.
Ohio State will travel to the NCAA Championships April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga.