COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alexis Mattern and Kaitlyn Hofland, members of the No. 24 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team, have earned All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Monday. Mattern was named first team All-Big Ten while Hofland earned second team laurels for the second-consecutive season.
Mattern, who becomes the first Buckeye to be named first team All-Big Ten since Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer in 2014, currently ranks 22nd nationally and second in the Big Ten in the all-around. In addition, the 2015 and 2016 second team All-Big Ten pick ranks tied for 26th on vault and tied for 28th on floor exercise. Among Big Ten gymnasts, Mattern ranks tied for third on vault and sits fourth on floor exercise. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has won or tied for the all-around title five times, won vault five times, picked up four floor exercise titles and won bars twice in 2017. Mattern has posted a career-best 39.400 in the all-around twice this season, tied her career-high 9.925 on floor exercise twice and earned a career-best 9.900 on vault three times.
Hofland, a native of Georgetown, Ontario, ranks ninth in the conference on uneven bars. A second team All-Big Ten pick for the second-consecutive season, Hofland has posted a team-high score on uneven bars four times this season, placing first or second on the event five times. Hofland’s 9.925 on uneven bars at Penn State Feb. 11 is a team season best while her 9.900 on balance beam Jan. 21 against Iowa also is a team season high.
The Buckeyes will compete in the evening session of Big Ten Championships at 5 p.m. Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.