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Senior captain Hillary Dow gives the rundown on her favorites

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior captain Hillary Dow returns in 2010 after being a key reason for Ohio State’s success in 2009. As a junior captain a season ago, Dow was one of the Buckeyes’ top all-arounders and floor performers. Now, Dow is owns an RQS average of 38.725 in the all-around – the best on the team. 

The Yorktown, Va., native has earned the team’s Most Inspirational Award, as well as earning Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honors.

“Hillary is a very special person and athlete,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “She consistently goes above and beyond what we require of our student-athletes. She is an outstanding leader and has played an integral part in the team’s success in previous seasons.

On the serious side …
Athletically, what are your personal and team goals this season?
Personally – I would like to be named to the All-Big Ten Team one day.
Team goal – Win the Big Ten title and qualify to NCAAs.

How do you balance the pressure of athletics and academics?
“I am very organized. I make a minute-by-minute schedule each day and try to take advantage of any spare minute I have.”

Who has made the greatest influence on you as a student-athlete?
“The list is endless. Ohio State has so many great coaches and athletes. Many people have touched me in so many ways to help me become a better athlete, student and person. I have been very fortunate.”

Now for some quick hits …
Nickname: Hill

My OSU roommate for 2009-10 is: Kristin Perchatsch

My favorite home-cooked meal: Chicken enchiladas if I had to choose one. 

Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: I wanted to be the person that got to jump and flip off Shamu’s nose.

Who would play you in a movie? Cameron Diaz

My favorite song to work-out to is: ‘Bleed it Out’ by Linkin Park

Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: Exercise Physiology or Aerobics

Best part about road meets: Hanging out with the girls

Coolest place I’ve competed at: Hawaii or Cancun

Show I always DVR: Grey’s Anatomy or The Hills

Top song on my MP3 player: That’s a tough one. Probably Hootie and the Blowfish or Jack Johnson

I’m most proud of: The opportunity I have been given to come to Ohio State. Accomplishing this dream has been amazing every day.