Feb. 24, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State hits the road for a tri-meet on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. ET against host Bowling Green and No. 24 Central Michigan. The meet will be streamed on Facebook Live via the Ohio State women’s gymnastics page.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes remained perfect in St. John Arena and picked up their fourth straight victory on a 195.725-193.900 triumph over Western Michigan last Saturday. Ohio State once again claimed event titles on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. The 49.425 on floor is the second-highest total of the season. As a team, OSU had 10 finishes on the podium, including three in first place.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Bowling Green (3-6, 1-2 MAC) tied its second-highest team score of the season in a 195.650-195.025 dual meet loss at New Hampshire last weekend. The squad had season-high marks on uneven bars (48.825) and beam (48.900).
LOOKING AT THE CHIPPEWAS
Central Michigan heads into the weekend at 6-1 (4-0 MAC). The Chippewas have the best record in their conference and ranks 24th nationally with a 195.500 average. A week ago, CMU managed to get past Kent State, 196.150-196.125, led by Katy Clements, who had a 9.900 on two apparatuses.
Coming into Sunday, Ohio State ranks 26th nationally behind a 195.425 average. The Buckeyes rank 16th in the nation on floor exercise (49.143), which is first in the Big Ten. The team’s season-high 49.575 on floor is tied for the fifth-highest score in the country this season. The Scarlet & Gray also stand 24th nationally and third in the conference on vault (48.964).
In OSU’s home opener, Kaitlyn Hofland nailed her routine on uneven bars to tie her career high on a 9.925 for the fourth-best mark in the country. Jamie Stone (9.950) and Brooke Chesney (9.925) both put up career highs floor exercise. Alexis Mattern ranks fourth (9.860) in the Big Ten on floor while Stone is fifth (9.850). On vault, Olivia Aepli stands fourth with a 9.846 average.
SHOW UP, SHOW OUT
The Buckeyes truly shined when they stepped into St. John Arena for their home opener on Jan. 27. The squad won three events in stellar fashion as Ohio State’s 49.325 on uneven bars tied the top score in program history, recorded on Feb. 25, 2012 against Penn State. The team score of 196.775 is the sixth-highest total in OSU history.
POSTSEASON SNEAK PEEK
Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS) will be released for the first time in 2018 on Monday, Feb. 26. The scores are used to determine the teams and individuals that advance to the six NCAA Regional meets. The top 36 teams by RQS qualify for the regionals. Among individuals who are not on qualifying teams, the top four all-around gymnasts and the top two athletes from all four events are selected from each of the six regions.
GET YOUR TICKETS!
There is only one opportunity left to see your Buckeyes in St. John Arena this season. Ohio State will have its final home meet on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. ET. Single-meet tickets are also on sale at $8 for adults and $5 for students, youths and seniors (62+). Youth under the age of 6 are free. For more information on Ohio State women’s gymnastics tickets, visit http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/ticket-sales/spec-rel/w-gym-tix.html.
The Buckeyes wrap up their road swing with a trip to Kentucky on Friday, Mar. 2. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.