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Ohio State has five student-athletes compete in the all-around

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a solid appearance on the road, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team competed well against a strong Kentucky squad but fell, 195.850-193.975, to the No. 14 Wildcats Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,194 in Lexington, Ky.

The Buckeyes, 1-6 on the year, return to St. John Arena Sunday for the first time in five weeks as they host UIC at 2 p.m. in a ‘Building Awareness against Breast Cancer’ event. Ohio State will don pink on Sunday instead of its normal scarlet while the first 500 fans will receive pink construction hats. Admission to all regular-season Buckeye gymnastics meets is free of charge.

With sophomores Taylor Jones and Nicole Krauter competing the all-around for the first time this season, Ohio State had five Buckeyes performing on all four events. Junior Rebecca Best led the squad, hitting a season and team-high 39.100, just .250 points off of her career best. Kentucky’s Andrea Mitchell just edged Best out of first in the all-around, 39.125-39.100. Jones finished third with a 38.750.

On vault, the Scarlet and Gray notched a 48.550 behind a pair of 9.750s from Best and senior captain Hillary Dow to give the duo a fifth-place finish. Still, the Wildcats won the event with a 48.950. Sophomore Casey Williamson added a 9.725 while Jones added a 9.675.

Hitting a season-high 9.775 on bars for a third time this year, Best led Ohio State to a 48.575, just .025 off the team’s best mark in 2010. Dow and Williamson also tied season-highs, adding a 9.750 and 9.700, respectively. Kentucky had an outstanding night on the event, notching a 49.125 to expand its lead.

Scoring a 9.800 on beam for second place, Best tied another season-high and was followed by freshman Colleen Dean in fifth with a 9.700. Jones contributed a 9.675 as OSU turned in a 48.200 beam total just below UK’s 48.450.

As she has all season, Dean led the squad on floor, hitting her fourth 9.800 on the event as a rookie to help the Buckeyes to a 48.650, nearly tying the their season-best 48.675 posted last weekend in Morganton, W.Va. Best completed her great all-around campaign with a 9.775 on floor while Jones added a 9.725. In her first appearance on the event this year, Krauter scored a 9.700.