COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Taylor Jones and sophomore Rebecca Best were named to All-Big Ten women’s gymnastics teams Friday on the eve of the conference championships in Champaign, Ill. Jones is the first selection to the First Team for the 17th-ranked Buckeyes since 2007 and the first freshman under head coach Carey Fagan to receive the top-level nod. This is the second-consecutive All-Big Ten recognition for Best, who was named to the second team as a freshman last season.
The Big Ten will announce its individual awards, including coach of the year, gymnast of the year and freshman of the year, at the conclusion of the championships Saturday afternoon.
Jones has led the Buckeyes throughout the 2009 season, holding the top spot in the all-around, on floor and on vault. She holds a 39.175 regional qualifying score in the all-around after posting a 39.300 the last three-consecutive weeks. Jones has competed in the all-around in seven meets this season, while leading Ohio State in five with two meet victories.
Best, who was the first Buckeye freshman All-Big selection since 2003 last season, is second for Ohio State in the all-around, on vault and on beam and ranks third for Ohio State on bars as a sophomore. She holds a 39.055 regional qualifying score in the all-around to rank No. 12 in the Big Ten and ninth in the region.
These are the 10th and 11th All-Big Ten selections during Fagan’s five-year tenure with the Buckeyes, who begin competition at the Big Ten Championships at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. Ohio State enters the postseason with a 6-7 overall record and a 1-4 conference record. The squad holds a 195.525 regional qualifying average to tie for fourth, with Minnesota, in the conference.
The Buckeyes own five Big Ten Championships (1983-87) and are seeking their first Top 3 finish since 1999. Since the third place finish in 1999, the Buckeyes have four fourth-place finishes.