COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics program has signed three gymnasts to be a part of the 2018 Buckeyes, head coach Carey Fagan announced Thursday. Danica Abanto, Morgan Lowe and Jenna Swartzentruber have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Buckeyes.
Abanto, from Tyler, Texas, trains at Texas East Gymnastics. Abanto finished 15th in the all-around at the 2016 JO Nationals. At the 2016 Region 3 Championships, Abanto placed fourth in the all-around after a second-place finish on uneven bars and third in floor exercise. She placed fifth in the all-around at the 2016 Texas State Championships after placed fourth on uneven bars and balance beam.
Coach Fagan on Abanto:
“Danica is a steady performer on every event. She has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last year and we anticipate that trend continuing while at Ohio State. She will bring consistency and depth to our team and has the potential to be an all-around competitor for us. We are very excited that Danica has chosen to represent our program next year and see a very promising future for her at Ohio State.”
Lowe, from Richardson, Texas, trains at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, and placed 26th in all-around after a fourth-place vault finish. At the 2016 Region 3 Championships, Lowe placed third in the all-around after finishing third on vault and fourth on uneven bars and balance beam. She was one of the best at the 2016 Texas State Championships, finishing second in the all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.
Coach Fagan on Lowe:
“Morgan is a gifted gymnast that is able to combine both beauty and elegance with speed and dynamics. She excels on every event but will be a huge addition to our vault lineup next year. Morgan has been trained by some of the best coaches in the country at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), and we are confident she will continue to develop as an athlete during her time at Ohio State.”
Swartzentruber, a native of Centerburg, Ohio, who trains at Buckeye Gymnastics, was a 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier. Swartzentruber placed sixth in the all-around after tying for second on uneven bars and fifth on vault at the 2015 JO Nationals. In 2016, Swartzentruber also finished sixth at JO Nationals, winning the uneven bars title while placing fifth on floor exercise and seventh on vault.
Coach Fagan on Swartzentruber:
“Jenna is an exceptionally-talented gymnast and will add to depth to our roster on every event. She has had tremendous success on the national level winning the Junior Olympic uneven bars title last year, as well as placing sixth in the all-around the last two seasons. We expect Jenna to make an immediate impact to our program and couldn’t be more excited to add her to the Ohio State family.”
The current Buckeyes open the 2016 season at Pittsburgh Jan. 7.