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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team has been selected to compete in the NCAA Central Region Championships at 6 p.m. ET April 4, the NCAA announced Monday. Ohio State will host the regional meet which will take place in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes received their first Top 18 bid into the regional competition since 2003.

“When a university decides to host a regional you do it several years in advance,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are excited that this was the year we were chosen and we are in a seeded position. We will have our home fans and home competition floor which will certainly help us as we try to make it to nationals.”

Ohio State is seeded third with its regional qualifying average of 195.735, which ranks fourth in the central region and Big Ten Conference. The 2009 regionals mark the fourth-consecutive year the Buckeyes have qualified to the event.

No. 5 LSU took the top seed of the central region and No. 8 Oregon State is seeded second. Following Ohio State in the fourth seed is No. 22 Kent State. No. 24 Kentucky is the fifth seed and Michigan State earned the final placement as the sixth seed. 

Six teams, five all-around competitors who are not on a qualifying team and one individual event specialist per event were named to each of the six regional championships. The Top 2 teams and all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) for each region will receive an automatic bid to the national championship in Lincoln, Neb. April16-18, hosted by the University of Nebraska.  Also, the event winner at the regional championships will advance (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

Tickets for the Central Region Championships are available online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com, via phone by calling TicketMaster (1-800-745-3000) and in person at the OSU Ticket Office. Tickets will not be available at Ticketmaster outlets. All group requests must go through Jason Martin in the OSU Ticket Office. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

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