No. 13 Ohio State Travels to Iowa City for Big Ten Championships

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Taylor Jones
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March 21, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 13 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Big Ten Championships at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Buckeyes fell to No. 2 Oklahoma, 196.825-196.700, March 17 in St. John Arena. Sarah Miller won balance beam with a 9.950 and floor exercise with a 9.925.

Ohio State is currently ranked 13th nationally in the GymInfo Top 25. Five other Big Ten teams are ranked including Nebraska (No. 6), Penn State (No. 12), Minnesota (No. 16), Michigan (No. 21) and Illinois (No. 23).

As a team, the Buckeyes rank tied for 11th nationally on vault (49.180 RQS) and balance beam (49.070), 12th on floor exercise (49.160) and 16th on uneven bars (49.025).

Individually, Sarah Miller sits fifth nationally on balance beam and tied for sixth on vault.

Sarah Miller earned first team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season.  A two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week selection in 2012, Miller has posted team season highs for the Buckeyes on vault and balance beam. The Collegeville, Pa., native recorded career best scores of 9.950 twice on both events, first Feb. 18 against Denver and again March 2 against Kent State.

Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced March 5. The award marked the third consecutive Gymnast of the Week honor for the Buckeyes after Colleen Dean earned the award Feb. 20 and Miller won it Feb. 27. Miller shared the award with Penn State’s Sharaya Musser.

Miller helped the Buckeyes to a 196.925-195.775 win over Kent State March 2. The sophomore from Collegeville, Pa., won vault and balance beam with a 9.950 to tie her career best on both events. Miller also tied for second with a 9.900 on floor exercise. It marked the eighth Big Ten weekly laurel of her career.

Ohio State sophomore Sarah Miller has been named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 27.

Miller, the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, helped the Buckeyes upset No. 10 Penn State Feb. 25 with a pair of first-place finishes. The sophomore from Collegeville, Pa., tallied a 9.875 to win vault and a 9.900 to take the beam title. Miller then posted a 9.900 to tie for second on floor exercise behind Dean.

Colleen Dean was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 20. Dean shared the honor with Jessie DeZiel of Nebraska.

Dean took first in the all-around with a career-best 39.600 as the Buckeyes posted a program record 197.625 in a dual meet win against Denver Feb. 18. The Sylvania, Ohio, native posted a season-high 9.900 to finish second on vault and a career-best 9.925 to tie for second on balance beam. In addition, Dean tied for third on floor exercise with a 9.925 and fourth on bars at 9.850.

Seniors Nicole Krauter and Taylor Jones have been named captains of the 2012 squad.

Krauter, from Carmel, Ind., was a 2011 co-captain and one of the Buckeyes’ most consistent performers on balance beam last season. A 2011 Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree, Krauter tied for eighth with a 9.825 on beam at regionals.

A native of Edmond, Okla., Jones posted a team season-best 9.900 on uneven bars in a quad meet at Oklahoma last season and has been one of the Buckeyes’ best all-around performers each of the last three seasons.