Jan. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Corvallis, Ore, to face No. 9 Oregon State at 10 p.m. ET Friday. The meet will be televised live on Pac-12 Network.
The Buckeyes defeated Bowling Green, 194.600-192.200, last Saturday at Anderson Arena while the Beavers posted a 193.600 to earn a third place finish in the Cancun Classic last Friday.
MILLER PICKS UP B1G AWARDS
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Gymnast and Specialist of the Week, the conference office announced Jan. 7.
Miller won event titles on vault, beam and floor exercise, tying her career best with a 9.950 on vault, as the Buckeyes opened the season with a 194.600-192.200 victory at Bowling Green. The awards mark the ninth and 10th career Big Ten weekly honors for the Collegeville, Pa., native.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the 2013 GymInfo Preseason Coaches’ poll. No. 7 Nebraska leads the conference, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 16 Penn State, No. 18 Illinois and No. 23 Minnesota.
The Buckeyes will take on another ranked team, No. 9 Oregon State, Jan. 11 in Corvallis, Ore.
B1G PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State was picked third in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference office announced Dec. 12. In addition, juniors Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer have been named Gymnasts to Watch in the conference.
Nebraska was picked first followed by Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota. Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State rounded out the poll.
OHIO STATE SIGNS THREE FOR 2014
Ohio State head coach Carey Fagan announced the signing of three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period. Tenille Funches (Chicago, Ill.), Anna Hill (DeWitt, Mich.) and Jaine’ VanPutten (Piscataway, N.J.) have each signed NLIs with Ohio State for the 2014 season.
Miller earned second team All-America honors on balance beam and floor exercise last season while Dean garnered second team All-America honors on floor exercise. The duo became the seventh and eighth All-Americans in Ohio State women’s gymnastics history. It is the first time the Buckeyes have had multiple All-Americans in the same season. DeLuca is a two-year letterwinnner who posted career bests of 9.850 on bars and 9.875 on floor exercise a year ago.
The Buckeyes open their home slate against Iowa at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 in St. John Arena. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State students are free with valid Buck-ID. Group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $4 each when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 614-292-0043 or at AthleticSales@osu.edu.