December 14, 2017

Ohio State Voted Fourth in B1G Preseason Poll


Dec. 14, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced Thursday. In addition, senior Alexis Mattern and rookie Jenna Swartzentruber were selected as gymnasts to watch in the conference.

The Buckeyes were chosen behind Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa while Penn State rounds out the top five teams in the conference.

Mattern, a 2017 first team All-Big Ten honoree, competed in the all-around in every meet for the Buckeyes during her junior campaign. She won or tied for the all-around title five times, won vault five times, picked up four floor exercise titles and won uneven bars twice a season ago. Mattern posted the 26th-best RQS nationally in the all-around and tied for 21st in floor RQS and 25th in vault RQS.

Swartzentruber, a native of Centerburg, Ohio, was a 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier. She placed sixth in the all-around after tying for second on uneven bars and fifth on vault at the 2015 JO Nationals. In 2016, Swartzentruber also finished sixth at JO Nationals, winning the uneven bars title while placing fifth on floor exercise and seventh on vault.

Ohio State returns 10 letterwinners from the 2017 NCAA Regional squad and welcomes six newcomers this season. The team kicks off the 2018 campaign at UCLA on Jan. 6.


  1. Michigan
  2. Nebraska
  3. Iowa
  4. Ohio State
  5. Penn State
  6. Minnesota
  7. Illinois
  8. Michigan State
  9. Maryland
  10. Rutgers


Rae Balthazor, So., Illinois

Bridget Hodan, Sr., Illinois*

Clair Kaji, So., Iowa

Lanie Snyder, Sr., Iowa*

Alecia Farina, So., Maryland

Audrey Barber, Fr., Maryland

Olivia Karas, Jr., Michigan*

Brianna Brown, Sr., Michigan*

Gabriella Douglas, So., Michigan State

Lea Mitchell, Fr., Michigan State

Hannah Hitchcock, Sr., Minnesota

Lexy Ramler, Fr., Minnesota

Megan Schweihofer, Jr., Nebraska*

Sienna Crouse, Jr., Nebraska*

Alexis Mattern, Sr., Ohio State

Jenna Swartzentruber, Fr., Ohio State

Briannah Tsang, Sr., Penn State*

Lauren Bridgens, Fr., Penn State

Elizabeth Groden, Sr., Rutgers

Makenzey Shank, Sr., Rutgers


* denotes 2016-17 Academic All-Big Ten Honoree