Nov. 14, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics program has added a pair of gymnasts for the 2016 season, head coach Carey Fagan announced Friday. Casey Carvalho and Jamie Stone have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Buckeyes.

“We are excited to add Casey and Jamie to the mix for the 2016 season,” Fagan said. “They are both exciting gymnasts to watch and will be difference-makers for the program. Casey’s strongest events are bars and beam. She has elegance about her from competing as an elite gymnast and her lines will undoubtedly help her achieve great scores in NCAA Gymnastics. Jamie is a powerful gymnast and a great competitor. She is a natural talent that I can see competing in the all-around as a freshman. Her best events are floor and vault. I am looking forward to seeing both Jamie and Casey compete in their final club seasons and excited about to the excellence they will be bring to Ohio State.”

Carvalho, from Georgetown, Ontario, trains at Revolution Gymnastics in Waterloo, Ontario, and is a former teammate of current Buckeye freshmen Kaitlyn Hofland and Stefanie Merkle. She finished third on beam, sixth on floor exercise and eighth in the all-around at the 2014 Elite Canada, following up a third-place finish in the all-around in 2013. Carvalho represented Canada at the World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2013 and has been a member of the Canadian national team from 2012-14.

Carvalho on why she chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State because it has a great gymnastics team and the program of study I am interested in. When I saw the campus and facilities and met the coaches and the team I could picture myself in the gym and on the campus. It felt right.”

Stone, a native of Chesapeake, Va., trains at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, Va., and is a former teammate of current Ohio State freshman Taylor Harrison. Stone finished fifth in the all-around at the 2014 regional championships and is the 2014 Virginia state champion on floor exercise. The 2013 Eastern National floor exercise and all-around champion, Jamie was the Level 9 regional vault, bars, beam and all-around champion in 2013.

Stone on why she chose Ohio State:
“Ohio State was my choice because I loved the coaches, the team and campus. It felt like home.”

The current Buckeyes open the 2015 season at Pittsburgh Jan. 9.