Buckeyes are 1-1 all time vs. Flames  

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 15 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team returns to action at 5 p.m. (6 EST) Saturday at UIC. The Buckeyes are 1-1 in dual meet action this season after defeating Maryland, 194.750-190.525, last Saturday in St. John Arena. Despite the win over the Terrapins, Ohio dropped three spots in the national rankings, falling from No. 12 to No. 15.

“The team is looking good in practice and we are looking forward to traveling to Chicago this weekend. We have made a few adjustments to the line-up and will be seeing a few new faces competing on Saturday. We will be looking for improvements on our landings and really focusing on the details of each performance.”

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 15 in the Jan. 19 GymInfo rankings with a 194.687 average after a season-high 194.750 was scored against Maryland Jan. 17. Ohio State has not spent two-consecutive weeks in the Top 15 since the 2001 season when the Scarlet and Gray spent four-consecutive weeks at No. 15 or higher.
     The squad ranks in the Top 10 in the country on both floor and bars. On floor, Ohio State is 10th in the nation with an average of 48.787. On bars, Ohio State has averaged 48.837 to tie UCLA for the No. 10 position. The squad holds the 18th position on beam in the nation with a 48.625.
Among conference and regional competitors, the Buckeyes have started the season strong. Ohio State is ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 4 in the central region as a team. 
     On floor, the Buckeyes rank No. 1 in the central region and third in the Big Ten with a team average of 48.825. The Buckeyes are also ranked in the Top 3 on bars and beam. With a 48.837, Ohio State is second in both the conference and region on bars, while its 48.625 on beam places the team third in both venues.

During the last five seasons, Ohio State’s final national rank has risen each year. In 2004, the Buckeyes ranked No. 42 nationally. In the 2004-05 season, Fagan, in her first season, moved the Buckeyes to finish 38th. Under the direction of Fagan, the Buckeyes moved up 20 national spots in just three seasons, going from No. 38 in 2005 to a tied No. 18 ranking in 2008.

Senior Kiki Holman won the all-around Jan. 17 against Maryland with a 38.975 score and a first-place finish on beam. The Greenfield, Minn., native also placed second on vault and third on bars in just her second attempt at the all-around competition.

After two collegiate meets, freshman Nicole Krauter is the Buckeyes’ top performer on beam and is in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten. She averages a 9.775 with a career-best 9.850 scored against Arkansas.

Ohio State is led by a different gymnast on each event. Leading the Buckeyes on floor is freshman Taylor Jones. She holds a 9.800 to rank eighth in both the Big Ten and region. Sophomore Rebecca Best holds the top spot for the Buckeyes on vault with a 9.763, a mark that places her in the Top 25 individually.
Junior Alyssa Meyer is ranked sixth and seventh in Big Ten and region, respectively, on bars with a 9.800 average.
     In the all-around, senior Kiki Holman leads the Buckeyes with a 38.975. She ranks in the Top 10 in both the conference and region with a No. 6 ranking in the Big Ten and a seventh-place position in the central region.

Senior Kiki Holman won the all-around competition to lead the No. 12 Buckeyes over Maryland, 194.750-190.525, Jan. 17 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are now 1-1 in dual meet action. 
     For the second-consecutive meet, Ohio State was led by a different gymnast in each event as it captured first place in all four. The highest score of the night was earned by Alyssa Meyer on the uneven bars with a season-high 9.825. The senior from Chesterfield, Mo., also earned fifth place on floor with a 9.725.
     Holman led all scorers on the beam by tallying a season-high 9.775. The Greenfield, Minn., native also finished tied for second on vault (9.725), third on bars (9.775) and fifth on floor (9.700) for her 38.975 all-around total.

The Flames are looking for their first team victory of the season after falling to Southeast Missouri, 194.700-192.550, Jan. 17 in Cape Giradeau, Mo. Junior DeAvera Todd won the only individual event against SEMO with a first-place finish on the vault with a season-best score of 9.825. She would go on to place second in the all-around competition as well.

Ohio State and UIC are 1-1 against each other all time. The Buckeyes and Flames last met Jan. 27, 2007, in a tri-meet with Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes won the meet with a 194.850 score – their highest team score in nearly three years previously. Then-sophomores Alyssa Meyer and Kiki Holman tied for second on bars with a 9.850 – a mark that stood as a career high for both gymnasts.

Ohio State welcomes the Big Ten Network to St. John Arena twice, while having four total meets aired on the network. The Buckeyes’ quad-meet against Michigan State, Illinois and Missouri in St. John Arena Jan. 31 will be tape delayed on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Fans can watch Ohio State as they host Iowa Feb. 7 in a delayed airing one week later at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. The meet at Penn State with Alabama March 1 will be aired on Big Ten Network at noon March 8. The Big Ten Championships hosted by Illinois at 3 p.m. March 21. will be shown live by Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes host a quad-meet with Michigan State, Illinois and Missouri at 7 p.m. Jan 31 in St. John Arena. Illinois is currently ranked No. 14 in the country and leads the Big Ten with a team average of 194.725. Michigan State is sixth in the conference.
     The meet will be tape delayed on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Live stats will be available on, linked from the women’s gymnastics schedule page.