COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team set another team season high to top West Virginia, 195.600-195.100, Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena.
“I’m happy with our season high but we were a little hit or miss on a couple of events,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “We had a couple of injuries that happened in warm-ups and hopefully they won’t be serious. Unfortunately we had to count a fall on balance beam tonight that. We haven’t had to do yet this season, but if we fix that I think we can get in the 196 range. I think mentally and emotionally when your teammate falls or gets hurt, I think the strongest competitors on the team step up and it doesn’t really affect them. I think a lot of the freshmen haven’t experienced this so it was a learning experience for them.”
The Buckeyes came out strong on vault with a 49.150, led by freshmen Melanie Shaffer and Sarah Miller. Shaffer won the event and set a career high with a 9.900 while Miller tied for second, matching her career-best 9.875. Ohio State edged the Mountaineers by a score of 49.150-49.125.
Ohio State then captured the meet title on uneven bars with a score of 48.775 to 48.575 for West Virginia. Colleen Dean tied for first on bars with West Virginia’s Amy Bieski at 9.800. Casey Williamson and Taylor Jones each tied for third with season highs of 9.775 as the Buckeyes held a 97.925-97.700 lead after two rotations.
The Buckeyes tied West Virginia with a 48.500 on beam as Rebecca Best set a career high with a 9.875 and Shaffer tied her career best at 9.825. Best tied for the event title while Shaffer tied for third.
Ohio State then set a team season high to take a 49.175-48.900 on floor exercise. Shaffer set a career high with a 9.875 to take the event title while Miller and Dean tied for second at 9.850.
Shaffer took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325 while Dean tied her career best with a 39.225.
Up next, the Buckeyes take on Michigan State at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and Kentucky at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. John Arena.