DENVER, Colo. – The No. 16 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team scored a season high but dropped a 196.375-195.575 at No. 25 Denver Friday evening.
“I am really pleased with the team’s effort tonight,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “We had to have a few last minute line-up changes after Casey Williamson took a fall on floor during the warmup. Casey is okay but was unable to compete so we had to make some last minute adjustments. Melanie Shaffer competed in the all-around, replacing Casey in the bar lineup. This was her first time in the all-around and scored a personal best in the all-around at 39.075. Also, Alex DeLuca stepped in to the floor lineup and scored her season high.
The Buckeyes started off on uneven bars, dropping a 49.150-48.550 decision to the Pioneers. Colleen Dean led the Scarlet and Gray with a 9.775 but Denver earned the top four scores to win the event.
Led by strong performances from Rebecca Best, Sarah Miller and Shaffer, the Buckeyes bounced back to tally a season-best 49.275 on vault. The trio each scored a 9.875, a career-high for each gymnast, to tie for third on vault.
Ohio State then moved on to floor exercise and was led by the freshman duo of Miller and Shaffer, both tying for third with a score of 9.800 en route to a team score of 48.600.
The Buckeyes finished the meet on balance beam where they topped the Pioneers 49.150-48.900. The score was a team season-high as Miller won the event with a 9.900 and Shaffer scored a 9.825 to set career-highs. Nicole Krauter tied for third with a season-best 9.850.
Shaffer competed in the all-around for the first time in her career and placed second with a 39.075 while Best tallied a season-high 39.000.
“I know the team is really looking forward to competing at home for these next three meets,” Fagan added. We are excited to get back in front of our home crowd.”
Ohio State returns home to face West Virginia in a double dual meet with the Buckeye men’s team Feb. 12. It will be Fan Appreciation Day with free Valentine’s Day suckers to the first 500 fans.