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Ohio State puts forth valiant effort, falls 194.925-193.025 at three-consecutive road meet

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite recording three event season-high totals, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team lost a close one in Iowa City, Iowa, falling, 194.925-193.025, to the Hawkeyes Saturday night. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 1-4 overall and 0-2 Big Ten. The Ohio State-Iowa meet will be aired on a tape delayed basis at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 on the Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes opened the meet with a season-high 48.600 on the uneven bars thanks to a 9.775 from sophomore Taylor Jones who tied Iowa’s Rebecca Simbhudas for first. The Edmond, Okla., native has led OSU on bars twice this year and tied the team’s individual season high with her 9.775 against the Hawkeyes. Junior Rebecca Best first set the mark at Pittsburgh Jan. 22. At Iowa, Best chipped in a third-place 9.750, Dean had a 9.725 to tie for fourth and senior captain Hilary Dow a 9.700. Dean’s score also marked a career high, bettering her previous score by .200 points.

After one rotation, Iowa held just a slight lead, scoring a 48.900 on vault to Ohio State’s 48.600 on bars.

On vault, Dow tied her season high with a score of 9.875 for second while Jones tied her career best with a 9.850 for third, helping the squad to its second event season high of the night with a 49.050 total. Simbhudas won vault with a 9.900 for the Hawkeyes. Sophomore Nicole Krauter tied her career best as well with a 9.800 to share fourth place and give Ohio State a 97.650-97.250 lead with two rotations remaining. The Hawkeyes tallied a 48.350 on bars.

The Scarlet and Gray moved onto floor, posting yet another season-high event total with a 48.600. Best, a returning All-American on floor, and Dean, Ohio State’s leader on floor at four meets in 2010, supplied the driving force for the Buckeyes, scoring a pairs of 9.800s to tie for third. For Best, the 9.800 marked a season best while Dean has now scored a 9.800 or higher at three meets as a rookie. In addition, senior Kristin Perchatsch added a 9.725 to tie her season high and sophomore Casey Williamson turned in a 9.675.

With just one rotation left, the meet was close with Ohio State holding a 146.250-146.075 lead. In the fourth rotation, Iowa had posted a 48.825 on beam.

After a record setting night, the Buckeyes ran out of steam on the balance beam, scoring a 46.775 which was not enough to top Iowa who notched a 48.850 on floor for the meet win. Dow had the Buckeye high with a 9.600 with Best adding a 9.575 and Dean a 9.550.

Best finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 38.875, a season high, while Hilary Dow had a 38.700 and Casey Williamson a 38.025. Simbhudas won the all-around with a score of 39.275. 

OSU Top Finishers: Rebecca Best: bars – 9.750 (3rd), floor – 9.800 (T-3rd); Colleen Dean: floor – 9.800 (3rd); Hilary Dow: vault – 9.875 (2nd); Taylor Jones: bars – 9.775 (T-1st); vault – 9.850 (3rd).