COLUMBUS, Ohio With a team average score of 194.742, the No. 14 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team has accomplished a feat unmatched by recent squads. For the first time in over a decade, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference.

This is the first, first-place conference ranking for head coach Carey Fagan, who is in her fifth season as head coach for the Buckeyes. Under Fagan’s direction, Ohio State has consistently moved up the standings – nationally, regionally and in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes rank No. 14 in the nation and No. 4 in the central reason in their fourth week of the season.

“I am very proud of the team for the consistency they have shown so far this season,” Fagan said. “The freshmen have really stepped up and we have great leadership on the team, as well. It’s very exciting to be ranked first in the Big Ten this week. There are a lot of great teams in the conference and the championship this year will be a battle for everyone.”

The squad opened the 2009 season on the road at Arkansas Jan. 9 with a team total score of 194.625, a program season-opening high score and has continued to increase the team total score in each meet. The Buckeyes returned home Jan. 17 against Maryland to claim a victory against the Terrapins, with a team score of 194.750. They returned to the road at UIC Jan. 24 to raise their team score by .100.

Ohio State will look to continue its upward climb Saturday as they take on No. 13 Missouri, Michigan State and No. 15 Illinois at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

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