April 6, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team notched a fourth-place finish with a 196.050 at the NCAA Columbus Regional Saturday evening in St. John Arena. Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer each qualified for the NCAA Championships, Miller tying for first on balance beam and Shaffer qualifying with a fourth-place finish in the all-around.

“We worked really hard for this as a team all year,” Miller said. “I am thankful to advance to California because this will help bring publicity to our school and hopefully get everybody excited for this great opportunity that we have.”

LSU won the meet with a 197.275 while UCLA took second at 196.950 and Arizona finished third, narrowly edging the Buckeyes with a 196.100.

Ohio State began the meet on floor exercise, posting a 49.000. Miller and Shaffer each posted a 9.850 to pace the Buckeyes.

In the second rotation, the Buckeyes moved to vault and notched a 48.900. Miller and Shaffer again led the Buckeyes with a 9.850.

After receiving a bye in the third rotation, Ohio State tallied a 48.975 on uneven bars to tie for second. Aly Marohn posted a team-high 9,875 to tie for second while Shaffer and Victoria Aepli each earned a 9.800.

Ohio State concluded the meet on balance beam, posting a season-high 49.175 in the fifth rotation for a third-place finish. Miller tied her career-best 9.950 to tie for the event title while Shaffer and Aepli each notched a 9.825.

Shaffer finished fourth in the all-around with a 39.325.

“I am excited to represent this university in the NCAA Championships,” Shaffer said. “This is an exciting time for me and my teammates and I am happy to begin this journey.”

The NCAA Championships will be held April 19-21 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.