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Nov. 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics program and head coach Carey Fagan have received commitments from two high school seniors to become first-year Buckeyes in 2007-08. Rebecca Best (Williamstown, N.J.) and Jessica Staton (Fishers, Ind.) will join a program that finished No. 27 in the nation last season and is on its way to a higher rank and another postseason berth this season.

Best and Staton both are Level 10 gymnasts who competed in the all-around at the 2006 Junior Olympics.

“We are so excited about Rebecca and Jessica becoming Buckeyes,” Fagan said. “They have both competed on the national scene for a number of years and will have an immediate impact on the success of the 2008 team. We identified these two athletes very early in the recruiting process and are thrilled that are now officially Buckeyes.”

Best, a senior at Williamstown High School, has trained at the Will-Moore School of Gymnastics in Mt. Laurel, N.J. She won beam, floor and the all-around at both the 2006 New Jersey State Championships and was the 2006 Region 7 all-around champion. At the national competition, she placed seventh on bars, 11th on vault and 18th in the all-around. Next season, Best will give Ohio State three New Jersey natives on its squad.

Staton, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School, is a product of DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Ind. At the 2006 Region 5 Championships she placed third on floor, sixth on vault and fourth in the all-around. At nationals, Staton had her highest finish on the uneven bars, taking 13th on that event.

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