Dec. 1, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Carey Fagan, Ohio State women’s gymnastics head coach, has announced the signing of two national Top-10 Junior Olympic competitors to join the Buckeyes as freshmen for the 2005-06 season. Kiki Holman (Greenfield, Minn./Rockford H.S.), a vault and floor specialist, and Alyssa Meyer (Chesterfield, Mo./John F. Kennedy H.S.), an all-arounder, will bring excellent credentials to the Ohio State program.

“Kiki and Alyssa come from excellent club programs and are going to make an immediate impact on the program next year,” Fagan said. “We will be looking for great things from both of these athletes next year and are excited to add them to the team.”

Holman, a member of TAGS South gymnastics club, placed fourth in the all-around at the 2001 national championships and was a member of the national team that same year. She is a three-time regional vault champion, a one-time regional floor champion and has qualified for the national championships three times.

“Kiki is an incredible vaulter,” Fagan said. “She is currently competing the same vault routine many of the Olympians competed this summer in Greece. She will help us on every event.”

Meyer, a member of Gym Quarters Gymnastics, placed 10th in the all-around at the 2004 national championships and placed 15th on vault. She has competed at the national championships the last four years, improving her all-around finish each year. At the 2004 Missouri state championships, Meyer placed second on vault, beam, floor and all-around before going on to the regional championships, where she placed second on vault and third on bars, beam, floor and all-around. At the 2003 Missouri state championships, Meyer won the vault, floor and all-around, then at the regional championships won vault, placed second on floor and third in the all-around. Academically, she owns a 4.2 GPA and ranks No. 2 in a class of 130.

“Alyssa is a very polished gymnast who will bring great consistency to the program,” Fagan said. “Alyssa finished 10th last year at the Junior Olympic nationals and that is quite an accomplishment with the number of talented athletes competing at that championship meet.”

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