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Team posts third-best grade point average in Big Ten

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team had five student-athletes recognized as Scholastic All-America honorees for attaining a 3.50 or higher grade point average in the 2008-09 academic year, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women announced Aug. 4.

With a team GPA of 3.35, Ohio State recorded the third-highest finish among Big Ten programs coming in 25th nationally. Michigan State ranked third with 3.65 GPA followed by Minnesota in seventh (3.52). Southeast Missouri State was first with a 3.91 GPA.

For Ohio State, 2009 graduate Alyssa Meyer completed her four-year degree in exercise science with a perfect 4.0. A leader for the Buckeyes on bars and floor, Meyer also collected an array of academic honors, including four OSU Scholar-Athlete honors, three Academic All-Big Ten selections and was a Corwin A. Fergus Memorial and M/I Homes Foundation Award recipient.

Also earning a 4.0 was rising sophomore Nicole Ciminello of Columbus, Ohio, who is studying industrial design.

Senior-to-be Beth Ann Ballard, junior Jessica Staton and sophomore Nicole Krauter also received the national academic honor with all three Buckeyes earning GPAs above a 3.65.

Ohio State Scholastic All-America selections
Beth Ann Ballard
Nicole Ciminello
Nicole Krauter
Alyssa Meyer
Jessica Staton