COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team checks in at No. 18 in the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) preseason poll, the team’s highest preseason ranking since 2015. The Buckeyes earned 989 points in the voting process.
The defending national champion, UCLA, was picked No. 1, followed by Oklahoma at No. 2, though the Sooners earned more first-place votes than the Bruins. Ohio State is one of five teams slotted in the Top 25 from the Big Ten Conference. Michigan is the highest-ranked B1G team at No. 9, followed by Nebraska at No. 11. Illinois and Minnesota round out the conference teams at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively.
In addition to the five ranked conference teams, the Buckeyes are slated to square off with two non-conference ranked teams. The season-opening meet on Jan. 5 in Athens, Ga., will be a Top 25 tilt, with Georgia tabbed as No. 7. OSU will also compete against No. 25 N.C. State twice during the 2019 campaign – on Jan. 12 in Raleigh, N.C., and on March 17 in Morgantown, W. Va., at a quad meet with West Virginia and Penn State.
Season tickets, group tickets and single-meet tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Team by phone at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or by email at email@example.com to speak with an account executive. Season ticketholders will receive priority seating options at the new Covelli Arena for the 2020 season.
The first look at the 2019 Buckeyes is at noon this Saturday, Dec. 15 for the annual Scarlet and Gray meet in St. John Arena. Admission and parking is free for the event. To receive free parking, fans should inform the parking attendants that they are attending women’s gymnastics.
|2019 WCGA Preseason Poll|
|1.||UCLA (1,961 points) (20 first place votes)|
|2.||Oklahoma (1,959 points) (25 first place votes)|
|3.||Florida (1,946 points) (9 first place votes)|
|4.||LSU (1,891 points) (2 first place votes)|
|5.||Utah (1,783 points)|
|6.||Alabama (1,672 points)|
|7.||Georgia (1,585 points) (1 first place vote)|
|8.||California (1,526 points)|
|9.||Michigan (1,517 points)|
|10.||Kentucky (1,481 points)|
|11.||Nebraska (1,361 points)|
|12.||Arkansas (1,341 points)|
|13.||Denver (1,286 points)|
|14.||Auburn (1,281 points)|
|15.||Washington (1,253 points)|
|16.||Boise State (1,183 points)|
|17.||Oregon State (1,005 points)|
|18.||Ohio State (989 points)|
|19.||Missouri (912 points)|
|20.||Arizona State (862 points)|
|21.||Stanford (831 points)|
|22.||Illinois (809 points)|
|23.||Minnesota (798 points)|
|24.||BYU (749 points)|
|25.||North Carolina State (704 points)|