This has been a great year to be a Buckeye. Sport after sport at Ohio State continues to set the standard for excellence, and with all the success around us, one cannot help but love being a Buckeye fan.
The men's basketball team made it to the final four. The spring game showed off a very different looking Buckeye football team. The women's and men's gymnastics teams both ranked in the top ten. Baseball and softball both headed toward a strong finish. The women's track team ranked 22nd in the nation. The men's volleyball team ranked 7th in the nation. The men's tennis team on top of the Big Ten and ranked 3rd in the nation. These are all tremendous accomplishments, and a source of great pride for all Buckeye athletes and fans.
And yet there's more.
Ohio State Women's Gymnastics coach Carey Fagen has been named the national coach of the year by the NACGC/W. In addition, her assistance coaches, Meredith Yonushonis and Bill Lorenz were also named assistant coaches of the year. These awards are the first of their kind for the women's gymnastics program. Additionally, according to the official Ohio State Athletic website:
Under the guidance of the three coaches, Sarah Miller was named first team-All-Big Ten for the second-consecutive season and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Championships team. Miller garnered a pair of Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors in 2012 while Colleen Dean earned the honor once.
Miller earned second-team All-America honors on balance beam and floor exercise while Dean garnered second-team All-America honors on floor exercise. The duo became the seventh and eighth All-Americans in Ohio State women’s gymnastics history. It is the first time the Buckeyes have had multiple All-Americans in the same season.
Over the weekend three swordsmen from the national champion Ohio State fencing team earned themselves a trip to the Olympics in London this summer. Sometimes it comes down to the wire, but that just adds to the excitement. In a last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament this past weekend, Zain Shaito, Mona Shaito, and Margarita Tschomakova all qualified to represent their respective native countries at the Olympics. Margarita Tschomakova competed in European qualifier in Slovakia to earn her spot on the Bulgarian national team. The Zane and Mona Shaito (brother and sister) competed in the Asian and Oceanic qualifier to earn spots on the Lebanon national team. Congratulations to all three fencers. For more information on the Ohio State Fencing Team, check out Ohio State's Official Athletic Website.
The 3rd ranked Ohio State Men's Tennis team will be competing in the Big Ten tournament this weekend. That tournament is being held in Evanston, Illinois. The Buckeyes are looking to secure their seventh consecutive Big Ten Title.
Here at home this weekend the Buckeyes will be showcasing their new outdoor varsity tennis facility when they host the women's Big Ten tournament. The tournament is scheduled to start this morning at 10:00 with a matchup between the Buckeyes and the Nitanny Lions of Penn State. The weather in Columbus has not been the best with thunderstorms moving through the area overnight. However, the weather radar indicates that the line of precipitation that has hit central Ohio may be through the area well before the scheduled match. Hopefully that is the case, and there will be no delays in the competition. For those Buckeye fans who enjoy watching a good competitive tennis match, admission to the tournament is free all weekend.
For more information on the tournament, visit Ohio State's Official Athletic Website.
Ohio State will be hosting the women's Big Ten tennis championships this weekend
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