COLUMBUS, Ohio – Meredith Paulicivic, head coach for Ohio State women’s gymnastics, had four student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Stephanie Berger, Kaitlyn Grimes, Jenna Hlavach and Tory Vetter will join the Buckeyes for the 2022 season.
Berger, a native of Groton, Mass., has been a member of Brestyan’s Gymnastics for 14 years. She is a four-time Junior Olympic national qualifier, coming in second on balance beam and third on vault while finishing second in all-around to earn a spot on the 2018 JO National Team. Berger was the 2018 regional and Massachusetts State Champion on vault and beam. At the 2018 National Elite Qualifier, her first-place finishes on vault and beam and silver on uneven bars helped her secure the all-around crown, which led to her competing at the 2018 U.S. Classic Championships held at the Schottenstein Center. Berger swept the 2019 Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational with first on vault, bars, beam and floor exercise, clinching the all-around title. At the 2020 event, she claimed titles on vault and bars while placing second in the all-around competition and third on beam.
Paulicivic on Berger: “Stephanie is the first elite gymnast to commit during my tenure at Ohio State. Her experience competing at the 2018 U.S. Classic and as a member of the JO National Team is truly impressive. She is a beam and bar queen, excelling in both events, but also very powerful on the leg events as well.”
Grimes is a four-time state, regional and national qualifier from La Grange, Ill. In 2016, she finished second on vault at the Junior Olympics National Championships. At the event in 2019, Grimes came in 10th in the all-around competition. She has spent 12 years training at BIG Gymnastics.
Paulicivic on Grimes: “Kaitlyn is a great all-around competitor who is particularly good on uneven bars. I will look for her to fill the role of anchor on bars immediately, but she is also very entertaining on floor and has a huge vault. I’m very excited to welcome her bubbly personality and love for Ohio State.”
Hlavach has been a member of Rebounders Gymnastics for the last six years. From Baltimore, Md., she was a 2018 and 2019 Junior Olympics qualifier. At the 2017 Maryland State Championships, she was the vault and all-around champion. Hlavach also won the floor title at the 2019 regionals.
Paulicivic on Hlavach: “I’m very excited about what Jenna brings to the program. She has a huge 10.0 vault, which we haven’t had in a while, and a big E tumbling pass with plenty of sass on floor. The fans are going to love her. I also think she has tons of untapped potential on bars and beam and could be an all-around competitor during her time here.”
Vetter is a local from Hilliard, Ohio, and has trained at Universal Gymnasts Inc. for 11 years. She dominated at the 2019 Ohio State Championships, taking the all-around, vault, bars, beam and floor titles. Vetter also placed first in all-around, vault, bars and beam with a second-place finish on floor at the 2018 state championship. She earned medals on every event at the 2018 Level 10 Regionals, including first place on floor. Vetter won the all-around battle, first on beam and second on floor at the prestigious 2018 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup.
Paulicivic on Vetter: “We are so lucky to have an amazing athlete like Tory right here in our backyard. She’s from Columbus and is an awesome all-around gymnast and fierce competitor. Her wealth of experience at big meets like JO Nationals and the Nastia Liukin Cup will help her adjust to the pressures of collegiate competition. We are looking forward to her artistry, power and for her to make an immediate impact on every event.”