CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team dropped a 195.925-193.300 decision to No. 8 Oregon State Friday evening in Corvallis, Ore.
“Overall, we did a good job of hitting routines tonight but I don’t feel like our score really reflects our performance,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “Our freshmen got some great experience competing on the road and we made some improvements on floor. I am excited about this team and we are anxious to compete at home live on the Big Ten Network next weekend.”
The Buckeyes came out on bars to post a 48.625 score behind strong performances from senior co-captain Rebecca Best, Colleen Dean and Victoria Aepli. Best posted a team-high 9.775 while Dean and Aepli each recorded a score of 9.750. However, Makayla Stambaugh and Leslie Mak each posted 9.900 score to pace the Beavers to the 49.375-48.625 win on bars.
Dean and Melanie Shaffer recorded scores of 9.700 on vault to keep the Buckeyes in the meet after two rotations but Oregon State posted a team score of 48.475 to a 48.300 on vault to take a 97.850-96.925 lead heading in to the second half of the meet.
Dean recorded a team-high 9.825 for the second-consecutive week on floor to finish third and Sarah Miller scored a 9.775 as the Buckeyes scored a 48.525 on floor exercise. Stambaugh and Melanie Jones scored a 9.900 and 9.875, respectively, to keep Oregon State ahead with a 49.075 on floor.
The Buckeyes finished on beam led by junior co-captain Nicole Krauter with a 9.825, good for second in the meet on beam. Shaffer recorded a 9.725 but the Beavers posted a 49.000 on beam to a 47.850 for Ohio State.
Dean finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.825 for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes host Big Ten foe Illinois at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. John Arena. The meet will be televised live on Big Ten Network.