COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics program has signed four gymnasts to be a part of the 2019 season. Claire Gagliardi, Kaitlyn Gilson, Colby Miller and Miriam Perez each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Buckeyes.
“This group brings a lot of diversity to our team,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “They are a great mix of power, artistry, spunk and athleticism. With several regional and national accolades, I feel that they will add the depth to our team that we will lose to graduation. What I love most is that they are die-hard Buckeyes!”
Gagliardi, a native Buckeye from Hubbard, Ohio, trains at Olympic Dreams Gymnastics. She qualified for the JO Olympic Nationals four times. She has spent time on top of the podium after winning the 2016 Region 5 all-around championship. Gagliardi was also a silver medalist on uneven bars at the 2016 JO Nationals.
Coach Paulicivic on Gagliardi: “Claire has lived and breathed Ohio State her whole life. She has great presence on the floor to go along with her tumbling. She also does a very unique skill on the bars that our fans will love!”
Gilson, who trains at Twin City Twisters Gymnastics, is heading to Columbus by way of Hudson, Wis. Her skill set helped her to qualify for the JO Olympic Nationals three times. Gilson finished in the top 10 on balance beam in 2015 and 2017 at the JO Nationals.
Coach Paulicivic on Gilson: “Kaitlyn is what we call a ‘beamer’. She not only looks good up there, but she knows how to handle herself on the precarious event. Her grace on floor and good bar lines will help on those two events as well.”
Miller, a native Buckeye from Mason, Ohio, trains at Perfection Gymnastics. She was impressive at the 2017 Region 5 Championships, where she went on to claim the all-around title. Miller was the uneven bars champion at the 2017 JO Nationals.
Coach Paulicivic on Miller: “Colby has those natural good lines and her bar work is impeccable. She also has a lot of power and could really help us on floor and vault as well.”
Perez is making the journey from sunny Los Angeles, Calif. and trains at All Olympia Gymnastics Center. She earned a bronze medal on vault at the 2016 JO Nationals. Perez also finished 12th in the all-around competition.
Coach Paulicivic on Perez: “Miriam is the complete package of artistry and power. While her vault will make an immediate impact, don’t count her out of the intricate events as well. Her lines are world class!”
The current Buckeyes open the 2018 season at UCLA on Jan. 6.