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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 24 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels Piscataway, N.J., for the Big Ten Championships Saturday afternoon at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The Buckeyes will compete in the evening session at 5 p.m. along with No. 9 Michigan, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16(t) Iowa, No. 20 Illinois and Penn State. Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota and Rutgers will compete in the afternoon session at noon.
Live video and results can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow Twitter.com/OhioState_WGYM for updates. The meet will be televised live on BTN.
MATTERN, HOFLAND NAMED ALL-BIG TEN
Alexis Mattern and Kaitlyn Hofland have garnered All-Big Ten recognition, the conference office announced Monday. Mattern was named first team All-Big Ten after picking up second team all-conference honors last year while Hofland earned second team All-Big Ten laurels for the second-consecutive season. Mattern becomes the first Buckeye to be named first team All-Big Ten since Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer in 2014.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
No. 24 Ohio State posted a 195.350 to finish third at a Big Ten Five-Team Meet Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. No. 13 Nebraska won the meet with a 196.650 while No. 19 Illinois tallied a 196.450 for a second-place finish. Michigan State earned a 194.650 and Maryland posted a 193.375 to round out the scoring. Jamie Stone and Olivia Aepli stood out for the Buckeyes on vault, tying for the event title with a 9.850.
MATTERN B1G GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Alexis Mattern was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 20. The Harrisburg, Pa., native becomes the first Buckeye to win the award since Sarah Miller accomplished the feat Jan. 7, 2013.
A LOOK AT 2017
The Buckeyes return 10 letterwinners off the 2016 NCAA Regional squad and welcome a cast of four newcomers. Included in the 10 returning letterwinners are Kaitlyn Hofland, Alexis Mattern and Jamie Stone, a trio of second team All-Big Ten selections from a season ago.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State checks in at No. 24 in the latest Road to Nationals rankings. Other Big Ten teams in the rankings include No. 9 Michigan, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16(t) Iowa and No. 20 Illinois.
The Buckeyes currently rank 20th nationally on vault, 23rd on uneven bars and 25th on floor exercise.
MATTERN IN MIDST OF CAREER YEAR
Alexis Mattern has had a phenomenal junior season for the Scarlet and Gray. The Harrisburg, Pa., native currently ranks 22nd nationally and second in the Big Ten in the all-around. In addition, Mattern 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. Redshirt sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland is ninth in the conference on uneven bars.
Mattern 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.
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