March 1, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colleen Dean, a senior on the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team, announced her retirement Friday. An All-American in 2012, Dean has battled a back injury throughout the 2013 campaign and has decided to retire from the sport.
“This is not the senior season that any of us envisioned for Colleen,” Ohio State head coach Carey Fagan said. “She has had a remarkable career at Ohio State and although she will not return to competition this season, she continues to be a leader as a team captain inspiring her team mates every step of the way.”
The Sylvania, Ohio, native was a second team All-American on floor exercise a season ago after garnering first team All-Big Ten honors in 2011. Dean also excelled in the classroom as she was a two-time NACGC/W Academic All-American, an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2011 and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Dean recorded a career-high 39.600 in the all-around as Ohio State tallied a program-record 197.625 in Feb. 2012 against Denver. She competed in the all-around in every meet in 2012 as the Buckeyes reached the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1990
“Colleen has achieved excellence in every area as a student-athlete, athletic and academic success reaching All-American status in both areas,” Fagan added. “She is actively involved in the community, being a consistent volunteer at local schools representing the 2nd and Seven Foundation.”
Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road to take on Illinois State at 5 p.m. Sunday.