Feb. 12, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Senior Rickee Wirtzberger (Madison, Ohio) has been selected as the Big Ten Women’s Gymnast of the Week for her performance against Ball State Saturday, the Big Ten announced today. The 2002 Academic All-Big Ten selection is the first Buckeye to win the honor this season.

Wirtzberger established a school record and equaled the Big Ten record with a perfect 10.000 score on the floor exercise in the Buckeyes’ 195.500-192.875 win over Ball State and helping the Buckeyes capture their fourth-consecutive win. Wirtzberger shattered the previous school record of 9.950 with the best performance of her career. She also helped OSU set a season-high team score on the floor exercise with a 49.525.

Wirtzberger and the Buckeyes will look to extend their winning streak to five when they play host to No. 5 Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena.