COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for an NCAA Regional championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Joining Ohio State at the event will be No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Kent State.
The Buckeyes come into the meet with a team RQS of 195.800 which is fifth in the Big Ten, just behind 15th-ranked Iowa at 195.820.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17, hosted by Kent State University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
LAST TIME OUT
Then-No. 15 Ohio State placed fifth with a 194.900 at the Big Ten Championships March 19 at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Michigan won its fifth-consecutive Big Ten Championship title scoring a 196.600, while Penn State came in second with a 196.375 and Illinois rounded out the top with a 196.075. Host Minnesota placed fourth with a 195.325. Rounding out the field, Iowa came in sixth (194.85) and Michigan State placed seventh (194.425).
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked 16th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten with an RQS of 195.800. The Buckeyes rank in the Top 25 in vault (16th, 49.090), beam (10th, 49.015) and floor exercise (13th, 49.135).
Sarah Miller sits tied for seventh nationally with a beam RQS of 9.890 and is tied for 12th with a floor RQS of 9.885. Colleen Dean is tied for 21st nationally with an all-around RQS of 39.205.
NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Buckeyes have participated in NCAA Regionals each of the last five seasons. Ohio State’s best finishes were in 2008 and 2009, both times finishing third out of six teams.
MILLER AND FAGAN HONORED
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after earning six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season. Miller had an outstanding first year, holding the highest score on vault (9.900), beam (9.950) and floor (9.925) for the Buckeyes, marking the third Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Ohio State history after Taylor Jones earned the honor in 2009 and Susan Eckman won it in 1996.
In addition, head coach Carey Fagan earned the Big Ten Coach of the Year award for the second time in her career after picking up her first in 2007. Fagan has been at the helm of Ohio State gymnastics since the 2005 season. Since then, Fagan has produced two All-Americans, led the Buckeyes to five-consecutive appearances at the NCAA regional championships and was named Central Region Coach of the Year in 2009.
FOUR EARN BIG TEN AWARDS
Colleen Dean and Sarah Miller were named first team All-Big Ten March 18. Melanie Shaffer earned second team accolades and Nicole Krauter was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award honoree.
SIXTH FOW FOR SARAH MILLER
Sarah Miller earned her sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the conference office announced March 14. The award marks the eighth for a Buckeye this season. Miller set a career-high 9.950 on beam to take first on the event as then-No. 14 Ohio State tied a team season-high 196.100 March 12 to win a tri-meet with Missouri and Pittsburgh. She also tied for first with a 9.900 on floor exercise.
MILLER EARNS FIFTH FOW
Sarah Miller earned her fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the conference office announced Feb. 28. The award marks the seventh for a Buckeye this season. Miller set a career-high 9.925 on beam to tie for first on the event as No. 17 Ohio State set a team season-high 195.900 Feb. 26 at Penn State. She also finished fourth on vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.875).
MILLER PICKS UP FOURTH FOW
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21. It is the fourth Freshman of the Week award for the Collegeville, Pa., native and the sixth for a Buckeye this season. After tying for first with a 9.800 on vault and second with a 9.750 on beam in a win Feb. 18 against Michigan State, Miller tied her career high with a 9.925 on floor while the Buckeyes set a team season-high 195.825 in a win over Kentucky Feb. 20.
SHAFFER PICKS UP SECOND FOW
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 14. It is the second Freshman of the Week award for the Pittsburgh, Pa., native and the fifth for a Buckeye this season. Shaffer took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325 while setting career highs to take first on vault (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875) as the No. 15 Buckeyes set a team season best in a 195.600-195.100 win Feb. 12 against West Virginia.
MILLER EARNS THIRD BIG TEN FOW
Sarah Miller earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced Feb. 7. A Buckeye has won the award each of the last three weeks and four of the five weeks this season. Miller posted three Top 3 finishes as the Buckeyes set a team season high score of 195.575 Feb. 4 at Denver. She recorded a career-high 9.900 on the balance beam to take first place while tying for third on floor exercise (9.800) and vault (9.875) in the Buckeyes’ narrow loss to the Pioneers.
SHAFFER NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 after setting career highs on beam and floor while tying her career best on vault en route to a pair of event wins as the Buckeyes posted a season-high team score of 195.450 against Bowling Green and Western Michigan.
Shaffer won vault with a score of 9.825, tying her career-best set Jan. 22 against Illinois, and floor with a career-high 9.850. The freshman also set her career high on beam with a 9.800 to tie for third.
MILLER AGAIN NAMED TOP ROOKIE
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Jan. 24.
Miller placed first on balance beam and floor exercise in the Buckeyes’ tie against Illinois Jan. 22. The freshman tied her career-high with a 9.875 on beam and set a career best with a 9.925 on floor. Miller also tied for third with a 9.825 on vault.
MILLER EARNS BIG TEN AWARD
Sarah Miller earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after helping the Buckeyes upset No. 23 Minnesota, the conference office announced Jan. 10. The award marked the first such honor for an Ohio State gymnast.
Miller, from Collegeville, Pa., took the event title on beam with a score of 9.875 while tying for second on vault at 9.800 and third on floor exercise at 9.750. The 9.875 beam score ranked third nationally over the first week of competition.