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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore Rebecca Best will travel to Lincoln, Neb., this week for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska in Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

Best, who traveled to the NCAA Championships last season as an all-around alternate, will compete in the all-around in Session One at 1 p.m. Thursday. She will begin her all-around competition on vault followed by bars, beam and floor. The Top 4 gymnasts from each session in each event will advance to the individual event competition at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Live scoring and video are available on Nebraska’s Web site, www.huskers.com, along with complete event and ticket information. The championships will be broadcasted on tape delay at 2 p.m. May 9 on CBS.

THE ROAD TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Best posted a career-high 39.350 all-around total at the NCAA Central Regional Championships April 4 in St. John Arena to advance to the NCAA National Championships. Her 39.350 mark placed second in the regional meet and advanced Best to the national meet. She posted a 9.850 on vault, beam and floor, while posting a 9.80 on bars.

Best is a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. She claimed her second second-team All-Big Ten honor this season. She will be only the third Buckeye gymnast to qualify for nationals this decade. Former teammate Kaylan Clevinger qualified in 2007 and 2008 and Lindsay Vagedes competed in 2001. Last season, Best traveled to the national championships as an all-around alternate.

THE BEST THERE IS
Sophomore Rebecca Best will represent the Buckeyes in the national championship. A Buckeye gymnast has traveled to the national championships each of the last three years.  Best enters the NCAA Championships with a 39.032 average in the all-around after competing in the event in all but one meet this season. She is tied for No. 49 in the nation and ranked ninth in the central region in the all-around. Best led Ohio State in the all-around five times this season and has one meet win. Best has posted a career-high 39.350 in the all-around in her last two meets and scored a 39.275 in the two meets prior.

Best holds a 9.830 RQS on vault to rank No. 23 in the region. Best has led Ohio State on vault in four meets this season. On beam, Best holds a 9.790 regional qualifying score to tie for No. 17 in the central region. She led Ohio State on beam  the last three meets with 9.825 score at Auburn and a 9.850 mark at the Big Ten Championships and Central Region Championships. With a 9.800 RQS on bars, Best ranks No. 23 in the central region. She has tallied one meet win on bars and led the Buckeyes four times this season. She holds a 9.800 regional qualifying score on floor to rank No. 31 in the central region. In her last four floor routines, Best has posted three 9.850 marks and a career-high 9.925 vs. George Washington March 7.

GET TO KNOW REBECCA BEST
Best, a Williamstown, N.J. native, aimed to compete at the national championships this season after traveling as an all-around alternate in 2008. She entered this season as Ohio State’s top returner and an All-Big Ten selection. Outside of the gym, the textiles and clothing major enjoys talking to old friends, going to the mall and spending time at Six Flags with her brother.

In her career at Ohio State, Best has recorded a career-high 9.850 on vault, bars and beam. On floor, she marked a career-best 9.925 this season against George Washington March 7. She holds a career-high 39. 350 mark in the all-around.

BUCKEYES THIRD AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State placed third with a 195.950 team total score at the NCAA Central Region Championships in St. John Arena April 4. LSU edged Oregon State by .075 to clinch the NCAA Central Regional championships. The Tigers posted a 196.875 and the Beavers notched a 196.800, which advances both teams to the national championship.

Ohio State opened the central region championships on floor with a 9.750 score from freshman Casey Williamson. Junior Hillary Dow followed with a 9.725 mark. Senior Alyssa Meyer and freshman Taylor Jones tied on the event with a 9.80 score and Rebecca Best rounded out the Buckeyes first rotation with a team-high 9.850. Bests’ score boosted Ohio State’s team score to a 48.925.

On vault, the Buckeyes marked three individual career-high scores to post a 49.100 team total score. Dow led the way for Ohio State with a career-high 9.90. Her mark tied for fourth in the meet and was the highest mark by a Buckeye this season. Best tied her career-high score, along with junior Beth Ann Ballard who marked a 9.825. Jones added her second 9.80 of the night on vault for Ohio State and senior Amanda Surine posted a 9.725 on the event.

The Buckeyes posted a 48.875 on bars in their third rotation. Williamson, Best and senior Kiki Holman posted a 9.80 on the event. Holman’s 9.80 marked a season-best score. Ballard added a 9.775 and Meyer finished the night with a 9.70 on bars.

In Ohio State’s final rotation, Best and Holman posted a 9.850 to lead the Buckeyes to a season-best 49.050 team total on beam. The duo tied for third overall in the meet. The freshman class added solid performances to Ohio State’s season-high mark. Nicole Krauter posted a 9.825 to tie for sixth in the meet. Jones marked a 9.775 score and Krissi Woodward followed with a 9.750.

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