COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 25 Ohio State (12-7) readies to play host to five teams and 12 individual event specialists at the NCAA Columbus Regional Saturday at 6 p.m. ET inside St. John Arena. The fourth-seeded Buckeyes will compete against No. 3 UCLA, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 15 Boise State, Pittsburgh and Kent State for one of two available berths to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in St. Louis, Mo. Apr. 20-21.
Fan Fest will be held prior to the meet at French Field House from 3:30-5:30 p.m. There will be inflatables, face painters, balloon artists and a photo booth for fans to enjoy. Parking for the event is free.
Prior to the selections, the rotation order was determined by blind draw. The Buckeyes’ rotation order will be bye, uneven bars, balance beam, bye, floor exercise and vault.
Ohio State is making its 40th NCAA Regional appearance on Saturday. A season ago, the Buckeyes were in Champaign, Ill., where they placed fifth with a 195.700. Alexis Mattern scored a 39.250 in the all-around competition to advance to the NCAA Championships.
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet & Gray finished fifth at the 2018 Big Ten Championships with a score of 196.375. Jamie Stone tallied a career-high 9.900 on vault to claim first place while Olivia Aepli posted the highest score by a Buckeye on uneven bars this season with a career-best 9.950 for first. On floor exercise, Alexis Mattern tied her career-high 9.900 to earn a bronze medal. All three grabbed spots on the All-Big Ten Championships Team.
Jamie Stone (vault) and Olivia Aepli (uneven bars) became the first Buckeye duo since the 1986 season to win individual titles on different events at the Big Ten Championships. They are also the first pair to claim event titles since Aly Marohn ’13 and Sarah Miller ’14 back in 2013.
BUCKEYE TRIO EARNS ALL-BIG TEN RECOGNITION
Alexis Mattern, Jamie Stone and Olivia Aepli picked up All-Big Ten honors on Mar. 19. Mattern received first team All-Big Ten recognition for the second consecutive season while Stone and Aepli garnered second team laurels. It was the second award for Stone and first for Aepli.
BUCKS TALLY ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Seven gymnasts earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during the winter season. Nevin Adamski, Olivia Aepli, Kaitlyn Hofland, Amanda Huang, Janelle McClelland, Stefanie Merkle and Jamie Stone thrived in the classroom.
196 OR BETTER
The Buckeyes have scored higher than a 196.000 five times this season. Ohio State’s top score of the season happened in its home opener on Jan. 27 against Minnesota and Illinois State with a 196.775. The team bested Penn State (196.200), Bowling Green and Central Michigan (196.125), came in second to N.C. State (196.525) and placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (196.375).
THRIVING AT HOME
Ohio State proved that there is no place like home this season in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes went 5-1 in front of the best fans in the land during four home meets. As a team, the squad has tied three program records and set the sixth-highest score behind a 196.775.
Ohio State clocked in at No. 25 with a team RQS of 196.215 with a 195.656 average. Based on the RQS, Ohio State sits in the top-25 in three events, with its best coming on floor exercise. The Buckeyes are No. 15 in the nation on floor while checking in at No. 22 on uneven bars and No. 23 on vault.
SHOW UP, SHOW OUT
The Buckeyes truly shined when they stepped into St. John Arena for their home opener on Jan. 27. The squad won three events in stellar fashion as Ohio State’s 49.325 on uneven bars tied the top score in program history, recorded on Feb. 25, 2012 against Penn State. The team score of 196.775 is the sixth-highest total in OSU history.