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Ohio State women’s gymnastics coach takes honor after NCAA Semifinals

Courtesy of the OSU Athletic Department

Ohio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan was named the National Coach of the Year Monday after her squad finished in the top 10 nationally.

OSU ended its season with a fourth-place finish in the second session of the NCAA Championship Semifinals Friday at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga.

The Buckeyes posted a score of 196.525, leaving their first trip to the NCAA Championship Semifinals since 1990.

“I’m really happy with the way the team handled the pressure of competing at the NCAA Championship,” Fagan said in a press release. “They did what we have done all season and it feels great to be ranked in the top 10. I am so happy for our seniors and the leadership they have shown all year. It has been a history-making year for the program, and I am so proud of what we accomplished.”

Fagan wasn’t the only one reaping the awards. Assistant coaches Bill Lorenz and Meredith Yonushonis were named Co-Assistant Coach of the Year and sophomore Sarah Miller earned second-team All-America honors.

The Buckeyes finished .625 points short from qualifying for the Super Six Team Finals. Alabama (197.675), Florida (197.650) and Arkansas (197.150) advanced to the team finals Sunday.

OSU started on bars in the first rotation, recording a 48.975. Two seniors led the way for the Buckeyes; posting a pair of 9.825s were senior co-captain Taylor Jones and senior Alyssa Marohn, each tying for 20th place.

Senior Casey Williamson scored a 9.80. Junior Colleen Dean and sophomore Victoria Aepli finished out the score with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively.

In the second rotation, the team moved to beam, recording a 49.225. Miller led the Buckeyes with a 9.900 to tie for sixth place.

Senior co-captain Nicole Krauter, sophomore Melanie Shaffer and Marohn all finished with a 9.850, tying for 17th. Shaffer’s score was a season high on the event while Freshman Sarah Grady scored a 9.775.

On floor, the Buckeyes drew a pair of 9.850s from Dean and Miller, who tied for eighth place and led the team to a 49.150 on the event.

OSU’s scores on floor were spread out by .50 points, with Jones and Shaffer scoring a 9.825. Sophomore Alex DeLuca and Williamson each posted a 9.80.

OSU finished on vault, recording a 49.175, which was .10 shy from the season high in the event. A trio of 9.850s from Krauter, Marohn and Miller led to a tie for 17th.

Dean recorded a 9.825 and Jones rounded out the team score with a 9.80. The only all-around competitor for OSU, Dean scored a 38.575.

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