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Feb. 15, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a season-high 194.975, the No. 21 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team will take to the road in its first of two consecutive road meets at 7 p.m. Saturday against Pittsburgh at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Buckeyes (5-4) rank No. 21 nationally with a team average of 194.140. Pittsburgh (6-3) holds a 192.319 average.

Three Buckeyes rank among the Top 25 in the central region in the all-around, including two among the Top 10 in the Big Ten. Four gymnasts rank among the Top 10 in the Big Ten on individual events.

CLIMBING THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes hold a team average of 194.140, which keeps the Buckeyes among the Top 25 nationally. The squad is just .072 out of the Top 20 and .643 out of the Top 15 in the nation. The Buckeyes rank No. 11 nationally on bars with a 48.790 average and No. 14 nationally on floor with a 48.795 average. The squad is No. 24 nationally on vault with a 48.70 average.

Ohio State ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the central region. On floor the Buckeyes rank No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the central region. They are No. 3 in the central region on bars, while holding the No. 2 spot in the Big Ten. The squad ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten on vault and No. 6 in the central region.

In five meets this season the Buckeyes have finished first on floor four times and second place once. The Buckeyes have won bars three of five meets, including last week at home against Air Force. The Buckeyes have finished first on vault in three of five meets this season.

COACH FAGAN ON THE MEET
“With the regional qualifying scores coming out next week the meet with Pittsburgh will be an important one for our team,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We know the areas we need to clean up this weekend and expect to score in the 195s on Saturday. The team is very motivated to reach our goal of Top 18 and they are working very hard every week to make that happen. Competing at Pitt will be another great opportunity for us to finish the final rotation on beam and build confidence as we hit the half way point of our season.”

LEADING THE WAY
Leading the Buckeyes are juniors Kaylan Clevinger and Maalika Moore-Thomas. The two combined lead the Buckeyes on each event. Clevinger takes the top spot for the squad in the all-around, on bars and beam. Moore-Thomas leads on floor and vault.

Clevinger ranks No. 10 in the central region and No. 4 in the Big Ten in the all-around with a 38.950 average. She holds an average of 9.805 on bars, which ranks No. 11 in the central region and No. 5 in the Big Ten. Clevinger holds the No. 15 ranking in the central region on beam with an average of 9.725. She also ranks third on floor for the Buckeyes with a 9.765 average, which ranks No. 22 in the central region.

Moore-Thomas ranks No. 9 in the central region and No. 5 in the Big Ten on floor with a 9.810 average. She averages a 9.830 on vault, which ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the central region. Moore-Thomas holds the second spot for the Buckeyes in the all-around and on beam. She ranks No. 12 in the central region and No. 10 in the Big Ten in the all-around with a 38.865 average. On beam she holds an average of 9.620.

Sophomore Alyssa Meyer rounds out the Top 3 for the Buckeyes in the all-around with a 38.570 average, which ranks No. 23 in the central region. She holds the No. 17 spot in the central region and is tied for No. 9 in the Big Ten on floor with a 9.780 average. Meyer also holds the third spot for the Buckeyes on bars with a 9.750 average, which ranks No. 19 in the central region.

Sophomore Kiki Holman ranks second for the squad on bars and vault. She holds a 9.756 average on bars, which ranks No. 17 in the central region and No. 10 in the Big Ten. She ranks No. 25 in the central region on vault with a 9.760 average. Sophomore Amanda Surine is third for the Buckeyes on vault with a 9.745 average. Junior Jessica Rosette holds the fourth spot on bars and in the all-around for the squad. She averages a 38.370 in the all-around and a 9.715 average on bars.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Pittsburgh returns 10 letterwinners from 2006 when the Panthers held an 11-17 record. The squad holds a team average of 192.319, which ranks No. 3 in the Northeast region. Pittsburgh average a 47.769 on floor and a 47.625 on beam. Both averages rank No. 4 in the Northeast region. The Panthers hold an average of 48.569 on bars and 48.356 on vault. Senior Andrea Arlotta holds the top spot in the all-around for Pittsburgh with a No. 8 Northeast region average of 38.550. She also ranks No. 3 in the Northeast region on bars with an average of 9.806. The team is lead by head coach Debbie Yohman, who is in her 20th season.

HISTORY OF THE MATCH-UP
Ohio State leads the series record with Pittsburgh 15-4. Last season the Buckeyes traveled to Pittsburgh for a quad meet with Maryland, Suny Brockport and host Pittsburgh. Ohio State fell short to the Panthers 192.925-192.850.

LAST WEEK: OSU SCORES SEASON HIGH
With a season high 194.975 Ohio State topped the Air Force Academy, which scored 184.150 Saturday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State took the first three spots on each event and four Buckeyes notched career highs. The 10.825 point victory is the largest win dating back to Feb. 28, 1992 when Ohio State had a 10.9 margin of victory against Air Force.

The Buckeyes won each event while scoring season bests on both beam with a 48.375 and floor with a 49.00. They scored a 48.60 on vault and a 49.00 on bars. Junior Maalika Moore-Thomas led the squad as she finished in the Top 2 spot each event. Moore-Thomas won the all-around with a 39.225 and vault with a 9.80. She tied for first on beam with junior Kaylan Clevinger and on floor with junior Jessica Rosette. Moore-Thomas scored a 9.75 on beam and a season-high 9.825 on floor. She placed second on bars with a 9.85.

Along with a tied career high win on beam, Clevinger won bars with a career-high 9.875. She took the second spot in the all-around with a 39.075 followed by sophomore Alyssa Meyer, who was awarded the Buckeye Performance Award. Meyer scored a 38.700 in the all-around. Sophomore Kiki Holman took a Top 3 spot in each event she competed on. She placed second on vault with a 9.75, third on bars with a 9.80 and third on beam with a tied career-high 9.70. Sophomore Amanda Surine followed Holman on vault with a 9.725 and on beam with a career-high 9.625.

Junior Jessica Rosette scored a career-high 9.825 with her tied first place finish on floor and tied her season high on vault with a 9.65. Junior Karley Walek took third on floor with a season-high 9.80.

NEXT UP
The Buckeyes will again head to the road next week competing Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Penn State. Following the road meet, the Buckeyes return home to St. John Arena to compete March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m.

### GO BUCKS! ###