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Feb. 7, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After three consecutive road meets, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team returns to St. John Arena to take on Air Force at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes (4-4) rank No. 20 nationally with a team average of 193.931. Air Force (0-5) holds a 183.475 team average.

CLIMBING THE RANKINGS
With a team average of 193.931 the Buckeyes remain in the Top 25 nationally for the fourth-consecutive week. Ohio State ranks No. 5 in the central region and No. 4 in the Big Ten with its team average. The Buckeyes place in the Top 25 nationally in three of the four events, including No. 15 on floor, tied for No. 12 on bars and No. 23 on vault. They hold a 48.744 average on floor, which ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the central region.

The squad has won floor three of four meets this season and finished second in the fourth meet. The squad holds an average of 48.737 on bars, which is tied for No. 3 in both the central region and the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have won bars in every other match-up this season, last winning the event two weeks ago at Michigan State. The Buckeyes also finished first on vault twice this season. They hold a team average of 48.725 on vault, which ranks No. 6 in the central region and No. 3 in the Big Ten. Ohio State has a 47.725 average on beam.

COACH FAGAN ON THE MEET
“We are so excited to be back at home this weekend in St. John Arena,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “I think the team has really learned a lot in these past three weeks and we expect this weekend to be our best showing so far this season.”

LEADING THE WAY
Junior Kaylan Clevinger leads the Buckeyes in the all-around, beam and bars and holds a Top 25 central region ranking in all but one event. She holds an average score of 38.919 in the all-around after finishing first or second in three of the four meets this year. Clevinger’s average in the all-around ranks No. 9 in the central region and No. 5 in the Big Ten. Clevinger is tied for No. 11 in the central region and ranks No. 7 on bars with a 9.787 average. She has finished first in the event in two of the four meets. On beam, Clevinger holds a 9.719 average, which ranks No. 17 in the central region. Clevinger holds the third spot for the Buckeyes on floor with a 9.762, which ranks No. 23 in the central region.

Junior Maalika Moore-Thomas leads the Buckeyes on the remaining two events, which include floor and vault. Moore-Thomas ranks No. 15 in the central region and No. 4 in the Big Ten with a 9.806 average on floor. On vault she holds a 9.837 average, which ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 9 in the central region. Moore-Thomas has placed in the Top 3 on both floor and vault in three of the four meets. Moore-Thomas places second for the squad in the all-around with a No. 14 central region average of 38.775 and on beam with a 9.587.

Sophomore Alyssa Meyer is third in the all-around for the Buckeyes with an average score of 38.537, which ranks No. 20 in the central region. She holds the second spot on floor for the squad with a 9.781 average, which is tied for No. 18 in the central region. Meyer finishes out the Top 3 for the Buckeyes on bars with a tied No. 18 central regional ranking of No. 18. Sophomore Kiki Holman is second for the squad on bars with a 9.742 average. That average ranks No. 17 in the central region. Holman also ranks second on vault for the Buckeyes with a 9.762 average. Finishing off the Top 3 for Ohio State on vault is sophomore Amanda Surine with a 9.750 average.

SPOTTING THE FALCONS
The Air Force Academy returns six letterwinners from its 2006 squad. The Falcons are led by head coach Doug Day. The squad holds a 0-5 record after four meets and has an average of 183.475. They average a 46.156 on floor, 45.431 on beam, 45.200 on bars and 46.687 on vault. Team captain, Sashonna Iwaniec, leads the squad in the all-around with a 36.606 average and on floor with a 9.381.

HISTORY OF THE MATCH-UP
The squads have just one previous match-up, which took place Feb. 28, 1992. Ohio State defeated the Falcons on the road 190.35-179.450.

LAST WEEK: OSU SCORES 194.000 AT ILLINOIS
In its third-consecutive road meet, 19th-ranked Ohio State scored a 194.00 at Illinois Saturday night, but the Illini scored a season-high 194.950 to win a dual meet. The Buckeyes won vault with a team score of 48.800 and floor with a score of 48.675, while scoring a 48.675 on bars and a 47.850 on beam.

Kiki Holman collected two career highs in the meet, including a 9.875 on vault that won the meet, while Kaylan Clevinger placed second in the all-around with a team-best 39.025. Holman also notched a career high on beam with a 9.70. Clevinger won bars with a career-high 9.825 and was among OSU’s Top 3 on every event. Maalika Moore-Thomas took third in the meet in the all-around with a 38.950 that included a second-place 9.825 on vault behind Holman and a third-place 9.775 on floor. Jessica Rosette led the Buckeyes on floor with a career-high 9.80 that took second in the meet.

NEXT UP
The Buckeyes will return to the road for the next two weeks first competing at Pittsburg Feb. 17 and then heading to Penn State Feb. 24. Both meets will begin at 7 p.m.

### GO BUCKS! ###