No. 20 Ohio State Concludes the Regular Season at No. 14 Minnesota Saturday

Go Buckeyes! Melanie Shaffer
Go Buckeyes!
Melanie Shaffer
Go Buckeyes!

March 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team wraps up its regular season at No. 14 Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

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Ohio State tallied a season best in a 196.850-194.300 victory over Bridgeport on Senior Day last Saturday in St. John Arena. The score marked the fourth-highest score in program history. Melanie Shaffer posted a career-best 39.400 to take the all-around title while Aly Marohn also tallied a career-high 39.375 to finish second.

Ohio State is currently ranked 20th nationally in the GymInfo Top 25. Six other Big Ten teams are ranked including Michigan (No. 3), Nebraska (No. 11), Minnesota (No. 14), Penn State (No. 16), Illinois (No. 17) and Iowa (No. 25).

As a team, the Buckeyes are tied for 16th nationally on balance beam (48.995 RQS), 23rd on vault (49.055) and 24th on bars (48.990) and floor exercise (49.050).

Individually, Sarah Miller is tied for fifth nationally on beam and sits 10th on vault.

Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 25. The award marks the 13th career Big Ten weekly honor and fifth of the season for the Collegeville, Pa., native.



Miller either won or tied for the event title in all three events she competed in as the Buckeyes posted a season-best 196.300 in a dual meet win over Illinois Feb. 23. She tied a career best 9.950 to take the vault title, tallied a 9.925 to win beam and tied for first with a 9.875 on floor exercise.

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 travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships at 2 p.m. March 23. The meet will be televised live on BTN.