March 25, 2019

Buckeyes Selected to Ann Arbor NCAA Regional Second Round

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team was one of 36 teams selected to compete at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals, landing in the Ann Arbor regional hosted by Michigan on Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6. The Buckeyes will compete in the first session on Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m., with No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Alabama, and No. 23 Penn State.

“I’m excited to be going somewhere close to home and where our athletes have already competed,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It’s nice that our fans will be able to make the trip to support us. We’re pleased with how the selections turned out.”

Featuring a new format this season, nine teams will compete at four regional sites over three rounds. The first round in Ann Arbor, between Illinois and Central Michigan on Thursday, April 4, will decide the fourth team competing in the second session during round two.  Along with Ohio State’s session at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, No. 2 UCLA, No. 15 Nebraska, West Virginia and the winner of Illinois/Central Michigan compete in the evening session. The top two teams from each session advance to the regional final round on Saturday, April 6. Finally, the two highest-scoring teams in the regional final earn a spot in the NCAA Semifinal on April 19 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The top two teams and the top all-around competitor (who is not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships. In addition, the top event specialist at each regional site who is not part of an advancing team or all-around competitor, will advance to the national championships in that event only.

The national championships will take place April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. The championship event is hosted by Texas Woman’s University and Knight Eady. The top two teams from the Ann Arbor and Baton Rouge regionals will compete in the first semifinal, and the top two teams from the Athens and Corvallis regionals will compete in the second semifinal.

For tickets and information regarding the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, log on to www.NCAA.com/wgymnastics. The complete 2019 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships bracket is available online at ncaa.com.

Teams
UCLA
*Michigan
Alabama
Nebraska
Penn State
Ohio State
West Virginia
Illinois
Central Michigan

All-Around Competitors
Mary Jane Otto, Illinois
Denelle Pedrick, Central Michigan
Karen Howell, Illinois
Emili Dobronics, Eastern Michigan

Individual Event Specialists
Vault – Kasey Meeks, Illinois
Vault – Kayla Baddeley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Vault – Allie Smith, Eastern Michigan
Vault – Riley Mahoney, University of Illinois at Chicago
Uneven Bars – Serena Baker, University of Illinois at Chicago
Uneven Bars – Cortney Bezold, Eastern Michigan
Uneven Bars – Gianna Plaksa, Central Michigan
Uneven Bars – Dara Williams, Kent State
Balance Beam – Mia Lord, Northern Illinois
Balance Beam – Shaylah Scott, Illinois
Balance Beam – Emerson Hurst, Towson
Balance Beam – Mary Elle Arduino, Towson
Floor Exercise – Anna Martucci, Northern Illinois
Floor Exercise – Abby Fletcher, Kent State
Floor Exercise – Kylie Noonan, Illinois
Floor Exercise – Alisa Sheremeta, University of Illinois at Chicago