No. 19 Ohio State Squares Off With No. 6 Nebraska Friday in St. John Arena

Go Buckeyes! Alex DeLuca
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Alex DeLuca
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 19 Ohio State women's gymnastics team hosts No. 6 Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena.

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The Buckeyes topped Iowa, 194.925-194.200, in their home opener last Saturday. Melanie Shaffer took first in the all-around with a 39.250 while Sarah Miller won all three events she participated in.

Ohio State is currently ranked 19th nationally in the GymInfo Top 25. Three other Big Ten teams are ranked including Michigan (No. 1), Nebraska (No. 6) and Minnesota (No. 12).

As a team, the Buckeyes are tied for 15th nationally on vault (49.017), 16th on uneven bars (48.792) and 17th on balance beam (48.717).

Individually, Sarah Miller is tied for 18th nationally on vault, tied for 21st on floor exercise and tied for 24th on balance beam.

Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Co-Specialist of the Week, the conference office announced Jan. 21. The award marks the 11th career Big Ten weekly honor and third of the season for the Collegeville, Pa., native.



Miller won all three events she participated in as Ohio State opened its home slate with a 194.925-194.200 win over Iowa Saturday afternoon. The junior tied for first on vault with a 9.900, won beam with a 9.850 and took first on floor exercise with a season-best 9.925.

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.

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 hit the road to take on Penn State at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in State College, Pa.