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Oct. 21, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Emily Sineway has been named captain of the 2006 Buckeye women’s gymnastics team by a vote of her teammates and coaches. Sineway, a senior from Norcross, Ga., has received national academic honors the past two seasons and has been one of Ohio State’s most consistent performers on balance beam.

“Emily is one of the hardest workers to come through our program,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “She is the first one on an event everyday, and the last one to finish. She consistently goes above and beyond what we ask of her, and we are very proud of the leadership she is showing to this young team.”

Sineway, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average, has claimed numerous team awards in her career, including the academic achievement award last year and the most improved and best attitude awards as a freshman. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

“Being named captain of this amazing team is such a huge honor,” Sineway said. “There are no words to describe how excited I am about it. I am definitely looking forward to this season. We have an incredible group of girls and I plan to do all that I can to make this a memorable season for them.”

With 11 of the 18 Buckeyes being freshmen or sophomores, Sineway will aim to lead by example for Ohio State this season. The team has set high goals, but has the talent to back them up and, with leadership from veterans like Sineway, will face them head on.

“Emily works hard in the gym, and also in the classroom,” Fagan said. “She maintains a remarkable cumulative 4.0 GPA and is a great role model for her team mates. She has received numerous academic awards and is a member of several exclusive honor societies at the University. Each year at Ohio State, Emily has steadily improved her gymnastics and as a result, will complete her degree at Ohio State on a full athletic scholarship. She is a tremendous asset to this program, and we are excited to see how she will lead the team this season.”

Ohio State’s season begins December 4 with the Mixed Pairs Championship in St. John Arena at 2 p.m.

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