COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Norman, Okla., for a quad meet with No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 17 Illinois and Texas Women’s University at 8 p.m. March 4.
The Buckeyes come into the meet with a team RQS of 195.560 while Oklahoma has an RQS of 196.345 and Illinois sits at 195.300.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes scored a season team high but fell to No. 10 Penn State, 196.325-195.900, Feb. 26 in University Park, Pa.
Ohio State came up just shy of two season highs with a score of 49.150 on floor and 49.125 on beam. Sarah Miller set a career high with a 9.925 on beam while Melanie Shaffer posted a career-best 39.350 in the all-around.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked 13th nationally and third in the Big Ten with an RQS of 195.560. The Buckeyes rank in the Top 25 in vault (13th, 49.030), beam (8th, 48.930) and floor exercise (14th, 48.960).
Sarah Miller ranks eighth nationally with a beam RQS of 9.865 and is tied for 15th with a floor RQS of 9.855.
No. 4 Oklahoma defeated No. 9 Michigan on Feb. 26 196.650-196.275. The team posted 13 scores of 9.8 or higher on the final three events. OU won all four event titles while they at least shared three of the individual titles. Kayla Nowak and Sara Stone shared the vault title, Natasha Kelley took the bar title and Megan Ferguson won beam, all scoring a 9.9. The team scored a 49.35 on vault, 49.0 on bars, 49.275 on beam and a 49.125 on floor.
The Sooners are in the Top 10 nationally on all four events. The team is second on beam (49.15), fourth on floor (49.185), seventh on vault (49.155) and eight on bars (49.065).
No. 17 Illinois came from behind on Feb. 25 to beat Michigan State, 195.225-195.000. The Illini were led by senior Allison Buckley who tied for first on beam with teammates senior Melissa Fernanadez and junior Kelsey Joannides who all scored a 9.90. Buckley also captured the floor title with a 9.90 and won the all-around with a 39.475, a season best. Buckley’s all-around score ties for the second-best in school history. Buckley also tied for second on both vault (9.825) and bars (9.850).
Illinois holds a Top 25 ranking in the national polls on all four events. The Illini has a pair of 10th place rankings on beam (48.855) and floor (49.00). On bars, Illinois’ score of 48.755 is good for 23rd while they rank 25th on vault with a 48.830.
Texas Women’s University
The Pioneers dominated in their final home meet of the season with a score of 194.150 to beat Centenary (191.125) and Illinois State (190.425). Brittany Johnson posted a career-high of 9.90 on vault to win the event with junior Marcella Fallon placing third (9.850). The Pioneers took the top four sports n bars led by Johnson (9.875). On beam sophomore Bethany Larimer led the way placing third with a 9.575. Finally on floor sophomore Kristin Edwards scored a 9.875, which was good for first.
MILLER EARNS FIFTH FOW
Sarah Miller earned her fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the conference office announced Feb. 28. The award marks the seventh for a Buckeye this season. Miller set a career-high 9.925 on beam to tie for first on the event as No. 17 Ohio State set a team season-high 195.900 Feb. 26 at Penn State. She also finished fourth on vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.875).
MILLER PICKS UP FOURTH FOW
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21. It is the fourth Freshman of the Week award for the Collegeville, Pa., native and the sixth for a Buckeye this season. After tying for first with a 9.800 on vault and second with a 9.750 on beam in a win Feb. 18 against Michigan State, Miller tied her career high with a 9.925 on floor while the Buckeyes set a team season-high 195.825 in a win over Kentucky Feb. 20.
SHAFFER PICKS UP SECOND FOW
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 14. It is the second Freshman of the Week award for the Pittsburgh, Pa., native and the fifth for a Buckeye this season. Shaffer took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325 while setting career highs to take first on vault (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875) as the No. 15 Buckeyes set a team season best in a 195.600-195.100 win Saturday against West Virginia.
MILLER EARNS THIRD BIG TEN FOW
Sarah Miller earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced Feb. 7. A Buckeye has won the award each of the last three weeks and four of the five weeks this season. Miller posted three Top 3 finishes as the Buckeyes set a team season high score of 195.575 Feb. 4 at Denver. She recorded a career-high 9.900 on the balance beam to take first place while tying for third on floor exercise (9.800) and vault (9.875) in the Buckeyes’ narrow loss to the Pioneers.
SHAFFER NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 after setting career highs on beam and floor while tying her career best on vault en route to a pair of event wins as the Buckeyes posted a season-high team score of 195.450 against Bowling Green and Western Michigan.
Shaffer won vault with a score of 9.825, tying her career-best set Jan. 22 against Illinois, and floor with a career-high 9.850. The freshman also set her career high on beam with a 9.800 to tie for third.
MILLER AGAIN NAMED TOP ROOKIE
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Jan. 24.
Miller placed first on balance beam and floor exercise in the Buckeyes’ tie against Illinois Jan. 22. The freshman tied her career-high with a 9.875 on beam and set a career best with a 9.925 on floor. Miller also tied for third with a 9.825 on vault.
MILLER EARNS BIG TEN AWARD
Sarah Miller earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after helping the Buckeyes upset No. 23 Minnesota, the conference office announced Jan. 10. The award marked the first such honor for an Ohio State gymnast.
Miller, from Collegeville, Pa., took the event title on beam with a score of 9.875 while tying for second on vault at 9.800 and third on floor exercise at 9.750. The 9.875 beam score ranked third nationally over the first week of competition.
Ohio State hosts Missouri and Pittsburgh on Senior Day at 1 p.m. March 12 at St. John Arena.