Dec. 10, 2003
Columbus, Ohio- The Ohio State women's gymnastics team will have its final tune up before the regular season Saturday as they compete against one another in the Formal Intrasquad competition at the Steelwood Training Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Lineup First Two Rotations Scarlet Team - Vault Gray Team - Vault 1. Leah Boccaccio 1. Bethany Groskopf 2. Brittany Livingston 2. Shelby Warner 3. Elizabeth Ahlberg 3. Liz Meaney 4. Tiffanie Janke 4. Jill Weber
Scarlet Team - Beam Gray Team - Beam 1. Elizabeth Ahlberg 1. Bethany Groskopf 2. Leah Boccacio 2. Shelby Warner 3. Jenni Lymanstall 3. Kaylin Schlecht 4. Brittany Livingston 4. Jill Weber 5. Megan Porter 5. Liz Meaney 6. Tiffanie Janke
Second Two Rotations Scarlet Team- Bars Gray Team - Bars 1. Elizabeth Ahlberg 1. Liz Meaney 2. Leah Boccaccio 2. Bethany Groskopf 3. Brittany Livingston 3. Kaylin Schlecht 4. Megan Porter 4. Jill Weber 5. Shelby Warner
Scarlet Team- Floor Gray Team- Floor 1. Leah Boccaccio 1. Bethany Groskopf 2. Elizabeth Ahlberg 2. Kaylin Schlecht 3. Jenni Lymanstall 3. Shelby Warner 4. Brittany Livingston 4. Jill Weber 5. Tiffanie Janke 5. Liz Meaney
Meaney, Monahan Claim Mixed Pairs Champiopnship
Juniors Elizabeth Meaney and Randy Monahan combined to win the mixed pairs championship as the Ohio State men's and women's gymnastics squad competed in an intersquad event Dec. 6. The pair posted a 55.775 score to claim the champioship.
The event began with nine pairs in the first rotation. The top seven duos advanced to the second rotation and four teams then qualified for the third and final rotation.
In the second rotation, Meaney scored a 9.575 on the balance beam to push her team into first place. She recorded a floor excercise score of 9.225 in the first round and capped the night with a 9.575 on vault. Monahan scored an 8.8 on floor, 9.2 on high bar and a 9.4 on rings.
The duo of Kaylin Schlecht and Jamey Houle placed second with a score of 55.525. Jill Weber and Ron Ferris compiled 54.375 points and landed in third place. The other pair to reach the final was the tandem of Elizabeth Ahlberg and Grant Osborne.
"We are excited about the upcoming season," Meaney said. "The key will be to improve on tonight's performance and continue to get better. We still have many things which need improvement."
Women's Head Coach Larry Cox Larry Cox, the three-time regional Coach of the Year, heads into his 25th season as the Ohio State women's gymnastics coach.
One of the country's most prominent women's gymnastics collegiate coaches, Cox has guided OSU to a NCAA Regional appearance in each of his 23 seasons at the helm. He led the Buckeyes to five-consecutive Big Ten titles between 1983-87. During that same decade, Cox's squads finished no lower than third in the Big Ten, except in 1980 and 1988. His teams also won six NCAA Regioal titles, advancing to the NCAA Championships between 1983-90.
In 2003, Cox guided his squad to a 10-4 regular season, capped by a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Cox holds a career record of 242-132-2.
Cox is assisted by Carey Fagan. Fagan, who is beginning her second year as assistant coach, is a 1998 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in media studies and speech communications. At Penn State, Fagan was a four year letterwinner and consistantly ranked in the Top-10.
After a 2003 season that featured a 10-4 record and a fifth place finish at both the NCAA Regional Championships and Big Ten Championships, along with the return of 11 letterwinners, the Buckeyes have high expectations for the 2004 campaign.
The Buckeyes return 11 veterans, who will provide Ohio State with valuable depth and experience.
Senior Tiffanie Janke and sophomore Jill Weber, both First Team All-Big Ten selections last season, will anchor the team this season. Both Janke and Weber tied a school record with a perfect 10 on vault last season.
In addition, fellow classmates Bethany Groskopf, Jenni Lymanstall, who did not compete last season, and Megan Porter will be strong contributors to the squad this year.
Ohio State features two strong junior's this season. Elizabeth Meaney, who captured the team's Most Inspirational, Most Dedicated and Coaches' awards, scored a 9.8 or better on both beam and floor excercise in 12 of the Buckeye's 13 meets. Fellow junior Shelley Harris will also be a strong contributor, Harris posted a 9.75 or better in four of Ohio State's last five meets.
Perhaps the most talented class for the Buckeye's is the sophomore class, which made up half of the competing team last season. The class is led by Jill Weber, who received the Big Ten's Freshman of the year award last year. Weber is joined by Leah Boccaccio, Kaylin Schlecht, Emily Sineway, who was the teams Most Improved Gym nast, and Shelby Warner.
The Buckeyes added three freshmen for the 2004 season.
Elizabeth Ahlberg, a native of San Antonio Texas, was a three-time regional qualifier and a 2003 Junior Olympic National qualifier.
Lindsay Puhl, of Sylvania, Ohio, is a transfer from Cornell Univeristy. Puhl earned First Team All-Ohio honors as a High School sophomore and help lead Northview High School to a state championship.
Brittany Livingston, from Lisle, Ill., is a six-time Junior Olympic Qualifier and captured the state vault title in 2003 along with helping her team to three Illinois state championships.
Ohio State will have many tests to pass this year with meets against some of the nation's most premeir squads. The Buckeyes' schedule includes meets with Nebraska, Louisiana State and Penn State, all are ranked in the "GymInfo" Preseaon Top-25.
Ohio State will begin its 2004 campaign home against Kentucky, Jan. and against Maryland and Pittsburgh, Jan.10. The Buckeyes will then travel to Morgantown W.Va., Jan. 18, for a meet against North Carolina State and West Virginia.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for a meet against Illinois, Jan. 31, before traveling to Bowling Green for the annual All-Ohio Championships, Feb. 8.
Following the All-Ohio Championships, the Buckeyes travel to Omaha Neb., Feb. 15, and the return for their final home meet, Feb. 21, against Penn State.
Ohio State wraps up its 2004 season with three road meets against Michigan State, Louisiana State and Eastern Michigan.
Quote From The Coach
"We entered last season with a three year success plan. Our goals over three years were to gain a Top-16 ranking, a Top-2 rank in our region and a Top-2 rank in the Big Ten. We completed two of those three last year. Our goal now is to continue on the right track, continue to get better and go back to the NCAA championships."
The Buckeyes will enjoy the holidays before returning to action Saturday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. when they play host to the Kentucky Wildcats.