Nov. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics program has added a pair of seniors to scholarship, head coach Carey Fagan announced Monday. Michelle Burns and Erin Malone will both receive a scholarship for their last semester at Ohio State.
Burns, from St. Louis, Mo., has competed in 21 career meets, posting career bests of 9.850 on vault, 9.825 on floor exercise and 9.800 on balance beam. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and 2015 NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.
“Michelle is an incredibly focused student-athlete and has a never give up attitude,” Fagan said. “She has fully recovered from Achilles repair and is back training on vault, floor and beam. She has upgraded her beam flight series to a triple flight and will be a great option for the team on floor, vault and beam. Michelle is a remarkable leader in the community and takes great pride in being a Buckeye.”
Malone, a native of Southington, Conn., also has appeared in 21 career meets, tallying career bests of 8.850 on floor exercise and 9.800 on vault. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and a 2016 NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.
“Erin has improved tremendously during her time as a Buckeye,” Fagan added. “She is one of the toughest, grittiest athletes I have coached. She truly loves gymnastics and it shows in her day to day effort in practice. Erin is a highly-motivated student and has excelled in the classroom at Ohio State, earning academic all-conference honors in each of previous seasons. This season, we will be looking to Erin on vault and floor. She is also vaulting very well this preseason. She has improved her form and landings and will be a great option for the team on vault. Erin continues to be a leader in strength and fitness and has returned this preseason in the best shape of her career.”
The Buckeyes open the 2017 season at Pittsburgh Jan. 7.