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A week-long series on Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists continues today with a profile of women’s gymnast Alyssa Meyer. A solid contributor to the team throughout her career, she has been even more impressive in the classroom, posting a perfect 4.0.

Alyssa Meyer was one of the Buckeyes’ most valuable and consistent performers throughout her four-year career with the women’s gymnastics team. She served as a two-year captain and led the team on the uneven bars throughout her tenure, earning a career-best 9.875 against George Washington last season. Her solid contributions on floor helped take Ohio State into the Top 20 on the event and she ends her career as part of one of the most successful classes in program history.

The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Regional in all four years with Meyer, finishing in the Top 3 in each of the last three seasons. As a freshman in 2005-06, Meyer and her teammates finished year ranked No. 27 in the nation. Since then, the Buckeyes have moved up each year, ending the 2009 season with a No. 14 ranking and 195.735 regional qualifying score to become the first squad in over a decade to finish in the Top 15.

Off the mats, she was recognized as a four-year recipient of the Big Ten Ten Sportsmanship Award and in the classroom, Meyer’s achievements are even more impressive as she is one of five athletes in the Big Ten Conference this year to finish his or her career with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. A member of the Ohio State Honor Program, Meyer also is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and three-time National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Academic All-American.

A native of Chesterfield, Mo., Meyer will graduate with honors with a degree in exercise science. She will begin physical therapy school this fall at either Ohio State or the University of Missouri.

The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor
In 1914 the Conference established a Medal of Honor to be awarded annually at each member institution to a student in the graduating class.  An additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982.  Chosen by the Athletic Council, the winners of this most prestigious award are the male and female senior student-athletes who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. This honor includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship which can be used at an institution of the recipient’s choice.

Ohio State’s men’s and women’s Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients will be announced at the 2009 OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Columbus Convention Center Wednesday, May 20.

With Honor series:
Day 1: Steven Moneke, men’s tennis and Kim Reeder, softball
Day 2: James Laurinaitis, football and Jayme DeLancy, synchronized swimming
Day 3: Jake Bateman, men’s gymnastics and Alyssa Meyer, women’s gymnastics