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Learn more about the three-time Ohio State champion

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Lauren Ritter comes to Ohio State as a five-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and the 2009 Ohio State Uneven Bars Champion.  She also is a three-time state champion in the all-around and scored first-place finishes on vault, bars, and floor at the 2009 state meet. 

“Lauren brings remarkable experience from one of the best gymnastics clubs in the country, Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said.

Read below to learn more about the freshman.

On the serious side …
Athletically, what are your personal and team goals this season?
“My personal goal for this season is to be back on all four events at 100 percent and come back as strong, if not stronger than, as I was before my injury.  As for the team goals for this season – win the Big Ten title and make it to nationals.”

How do you balance the pressure of athletics and academics?
“I have to make sure I am very organized and have a specific schedule that I have to follow. By being organized and making a schedule for myself allows me to accomplish everything I need to accomplish each day.”

Who has made the greatest influence on you as a student-athlete?
“I would say my teammates and coaches. They have been there for me no matter what and help me through any hard times that I am facing. I know I can turn to them if I ever need anything.”

Now for some quick hits …
Nickname: Ritter, Rit, Ritty

My OSU roommate for 2009-10 is: Phoebe Hart

My favorite home-cooked meal: Lasagna

Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: To be a singer

Who would play you in a movie? Kate Hudson

My favorite song to work-out to is: Anything rap

Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: Sociology

Best part about road meets: Being able to spend time and become closer to my teammates and coaches

Coolest place I’ve competed at: El Salvador

Show I always DVR: The Bachelor

Top song on my MP3 player: “Red Light”