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Ohio State tallies 194.700 team total to finish seventh

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team scored a 194.700 at the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships Saturday in St. John Arena in front of a crowd of1,717. The Buckeyes’ team total served as the team’s third-best sum this season and was good for a seventh-place finish.

Michigan won the championship, recording a 196.900. In second place was Penn State (196.525) followed by Iowa (195.575).

2010 All-Big Ten honoree Rebecca Best finished tied for fifth in the all-around with a 39.275, a season high.  

The Buckeyes, hosting their fourth conference championships in Columbus since the event began in 1982, started the seven-team meet on vault, scoring a team total of 48.7. Pacing the Scarlet and Gray on the apparatus was Best with a 9.800 to tie for eighth. Sophomore Taylor Jones was second for Ohio State with a score of 9.775 while classmate Nicole Krauter rounded out the Top Buckeye 3 with a 9.775.

Ohio State had a 48.525 on bars. Again Best was the top scorer for Ohio State as her 9.800 served as a tie for a 2010 personal best. Senior Hillary Dow, who also garnered 2010 All-Big Ten laurels, posted a 9.750. In her first conference championship of her career, freshman Colleen Dean’s 9.700 was good for third for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes got a bit of a breather in the third rotation with a bye, but quickly went back to work on the balance beam, one of the squad’s best events this season. Best, a 2009All-American, helped the Buckeyes record a 48.700 following her 9.825 performance. Dean tallied a 9.800, while senior Kristin Perchatsch earned a 9.725.

Another bye ensued for the Buckeyes in the fifth rotation before their final performance on floor. A 2010 season-high 9.850 by Best topped all Ohio State scorers and also tied for sixth overall. A 9.800 by Dean was another highlight for the Scarlet and Gray as was Krauter’s 9.725.

Friday evening, the Big Ten held its annual conference championships banquet where first and second-team honorees were named. Following the meet Saturday afternoon, the Gymnast (Brandi Personett – Penn State), Freshman (Sharaya Musser – Penn State) and co-Coaches (Bob Starkell – Illinois and Beverly Plocki – Michigan) of the Years were honored.  

Final Team Results
1. Michigan -196.900
2. Penn State – 196.525
3. Iowa – 195.575
4. Minnesota – 195.350
    Michigan State – 195.350
5. Illinois – 195.025
6. Ohio State – 194.700

2010 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships Awards and All-Conference Teams

GYMNAST OF THE YEAR
Brandi Personett, PSU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sharaya Musser, PSU

FIRST TEAM:
Allison Buckley, ILL
Melissa Fernandez, ILL
Sarah Schmidt, ILL
Rebecca Simbhudas, IOWA
Kylee Botterman, MICH
Sarah Curtis, MICH
Nicole Curler, MSU
Alexis Russell, MINN
Sharaya Musser, PSU
Brandi Personett, PSU

SECOND TEAM:
Nicole Cowart, ILL
Houry Gebeshian, IOWA
Jessa Hansen, IOWA
Natalie Beilstein, MICH
Kelsey Knutson, MICH
Kelsey Morley, MSU
Rochelle Robinson, MSU
Rebecca Best, OSU
Hillary Dow, OSU
Natalie Ettl, PSU

2010 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Sportsmanship Honorees:
Illinois –  Laura Woolf
Iowa – Jessa Hansen
Michigan – Sarah Curtis
Michigan State – Rochelle Robinson
Minnesota – Alexis Russell
Ohio State – Hillary Dow
Penn State – Natalie Ettl