April 5, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Three Ohio State women’s gymnasts, Elizabeth Meaney (Sr., Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood) Kaylin Schlecht (Jr., Marion, Ohio/River Valley) and Karley Walek (Fr., Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock) will compete in the 2005 NCAA Central Region Championship at 6 p.m. (CDT) Saturday at the University of Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The event marks the third-consecutive regional appearance by Meaney and the second by Schlecht (2003), while Walek is making her first appearance.

Six teams will be joined by five individual all-around competitors who are not on a qualifying team and one individual event specialist per event (who has a minimum regional qualifying score of 9.4) at the competition. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Auburn, Ala., April 21-23, hosted by Auburn University.

Meaney, the Buckeyes’ top beam and floor competitor this season, will compete on beam. This season, she averaged a score of 9.859 on beam and is ranked No. 18 nationally by GymInfo. Meaney also won the beam competition in eight of Ohio State’s 11 meets.

Schlecht will compete at the regional competition on bars. She was Ohio State’s top bars performer this year, averaging a score of 9.700. Schlecht also has finished in the top-5 on bars in three meets.

Walek, one of Ohio State’s top competitors, will feature her skills in the all-around competition. Walek was Ohio State’s top all-arounder in 2005, averaging a score of 38.625. This season, she has won the all-around competition twice, first against Pittsburgh Feb. 12 and then against LSU Feb. 20.

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