January 12, 2017

No. 22 Ohio State Hosts No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State in Home Opener


Jan. 12, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team hosts No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State to open its 2017 home slate at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena.

Live video and results can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow Twitter.com/OhioState_WGYM for updates.

With multiple events going on in the adjacent French Field House and OSU Ice Rink Saturday afternoon, fans are asked to arrive early prior to the 4 p.m. quad meet in St. John Arena.

A LOOK AT 2017
The Buckeyes return 10 letterwinners off the 2016 NCAA Regional squad and welcome a cast of four newcomers. Included in the 10 returning letterwinners are Kaitlyn Hofland, Alexis Mattern and Jamie Stone, a trio of second team All-Big Ten selections from a season ago.

The Buckeyes earned a 194.375-192.800 win at Pittsburgh in the 2017 season-opener last Saturday night at Fitzgerald Field House. Alexis Mattern tied her career-best 39.225 to take the all-around title. The junior won the vault and floor exercise titles while placing second on uneven bars. Stefanie Merkle won balance beam with a 9.850. The meet marked the third-consecutive season-opening win for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State checks in at No. 22 in the latest Road to Nationals rankings. Other Big Ten teams in the rankings include No. 11 Michigan, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 19 Penn State and No. 24(t) Illinois and Iowa.

The Buckeyes’ 48.800 beam score was tied for 16th nationally over the first week while the 48.725 on vault ranked 22nd.

Mattern tied for the 17th-best all-around score nationally in the first week with a 39.225. Her 9.850 vault score tied for 24th nationally while her 9.850 on floor exercise was the 23rd-best in the country.

Season tickets, on sale now, include a ticket to each of the four home meets and are just $32 for adults and $20 for youth. Single-meet tickets also are on sale now at $8 for adults and $5 for youth.

For more information about the benefits of purchasing season tickets, or to purchase season tickets, contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Team by phone at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or by e-mail at AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.

For more information on Ohio State women’s gymnastics tickets, visit http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/tickets/w-gym-information.html.

The Buckeyes host Iowa on at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 on Father/Daughter Day at St. John Arena.