Buckeyes face second-consecutive Top 16 opponent

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite being plagued with injuries, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team presses on as it welcomes No. 5 Oregon State to St. John Arena at 4 p.m. Saturday. Limited by a lack of depth in their roster, Buckeyes continue to work hard in the gym to remain competitive in the early stages of the season.

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Ohio State opened its season on the road for the third-consecutive season, falling to No. 16 Missouri Jan. 8 in Columbia, Mo. After losing senior Beth Ann Ballard to a season-ending injury in warm-ups, the Buckeyes had just six student-athletes to put in the lineup. With four student-athletes competing in the all-around, sophomore Casey Williamson posted the Buckeyes’ top performance with a 38.500 to tie for fourth. In addition, Rebecca Best scored a 38.350 after earning a pair of 9.800s on vault and beam to take second on both events.

No. 5 Oregon State returns in 2010 after making its fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA championships and posting its second-consecutive runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships a season ago. Still, the Beavers lost eight gymnasts from their 2009 team, losing 10-of-24 routines performed at the NCAA championships.

In its first meet of 2010, the then 10th-ranked Beavers (3-0) swept the 30th annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Jan. 8. Oregon State scored a 195.625 as they defeated Illinois (192.850), Air Force (184.475) and Alaska-Anchorage (183.475). Freshman Makayla Stambaugh won the all-around while senior All-American Mandi Rodriguez finished second.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin is in her 13th year at the helm of the Beavers. She has directed the program to seven appearances at the NCAA championships.

The dual Saturday, marks just the third meeting between Ohio State and Oregon State with the Beavers holding a 2-0 edge over the Buckeyes. The two programs last met at a quad-meet (Jan. 8, 2000) in East Lansing, Mich., where Oregon State finished second with a score of 191.100 and Ohio State third with a score of 190.650.

The Scarlet and Gray are thrilled to bring the 2010 Big Ten Conference Championships to St. John Arena for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Head coach Carey Fagan is excited to host the league meet March 27 after hosting the NCAA regional championships last year.

“The regional championship was a great dress rehearsal for hosting the 2010 Big Ten Championships in Columbus,” Fagan said. “The conference championships are a big deal so I think it will attract even more attention than the regional championship did a season ago so the atmosphere will be electric.”

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Ohio State will embark upon a five-meet road swing, with its first stop in Pittsburgh for a dual at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The Buckeyes next open Big Ten action at Michigan State (Jan. 30) and continue at Iowa (Feb. 6). Stepping back into nonconference action, the Scarlet and Gray then travel to West Virginia (Feb. 13) and Kentucky (Feb. 19) before returning to Columbus Feb. 27 to host conference-foe Penn State in St. John Arena.