UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team scored a season team high but fell to No. 10 Penn State, 196.325-195.900, Saturday in University Park, Pa.
“I am really pleased with the team’s performance today,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “This score will help our RQS and help us move up in the rankings this week. I was especially happy to see our beam team step up and compete well under pressure. Alex Deluca scored her personal best on beam and Melanie and Sarah were rock solid. I thought some of the scores did not reflect the performances, but overall it was a great meet and we are excited to compete against Penn State again in a few weeks at The Big Ten Championships.”
Ohio State, starting on bars, finished the event with a 48.675. The team was led by freshman Melanie Shaffer with a score of 9.775. Close behind her were junior Casey Williamson and junior co-captain Nicole Krauter with a pair of 9.750s. Penn State claimed the event with a team score of 49.200 and was led by Sharaya Musser with a 9.925.
Next up, the Scarlet and Gray moved to vault where the team won the event with a 48.950 to Penn State’s 48.700.The team took second through fourth place in the overall standings. Shaffer again led the team this time placing second overall with a 9.850. Coming in third was Williamson with a 9.825 and fourth was taken Sarah Miller, scoring a 9.800.
The third event of the day for the Buckeyes was floor, with the team scoring a 49.150 just barely falling to the Nittany Lion’s event score of a 49.375. Miller had the team high with a 9.875 placing fourth overall. Tying for fifth were Shaffer and freshman Alex DeLuca each scoring a 9.85.0 DeLuca posted a career high on floor.
Finishing up on beam, Ohio State edged Penn State on the event, 49.125-49.050. Miller again led the team, tying for first with a 9.925. Shaffer was close behind, coming in third with a 9.875. The scores were career highs for the freshman duo.
Shaffer rounded out her career high day placing second in the all-around with a new career high of 39.350.
Ohio State heads to Norman, Okla., for a quad meet with Oklahoma, Illinois and TWU at 8 p.m. March 4.