No. 21 Ohio State Opens Home Slate Against Iowa Saturday in St. John Arena

Go Buckeyes! Aly Marohn
Go Buckeyes!
Aly Marohn
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 17, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 21 Ohio State women's gymnastics team opens its home schedule against Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. Fans are encouraged to arrive early because of heavy traffic around the arena.

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The Buckeyes fell at No. 9 Oregon State, 195.375-195.000 last Friday in Corvallis, Ore. Melanie Shaffer took first in the all-around with a 39.075 and won balance beam with a 9.825.

Ohio State is currently ranked 21st nationally in the GymInfo Top 25. Three other Big Ten teams are ranked including Michigan (No. 2), Nebraska (No. 7) and Minnesota (No. 11).

As a team, the Buckeyes rank 13th nationally on balance beam (48.863), tied for 16th on vault (48.988) and 20th on uneven bars (48.763).

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.



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 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.

Senior Colleen Dean and juniors Sarah Miller and Alex DeLuca have been named captains of the 2013 Buckeyes, head coach Carey Fagan announced.

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 take on Nebraska at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in St. John Arena.