Feb. 17, 2007
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Punctuated by a season-high 48.875 on beam that led to a season-high team score, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team topped host Pittsburgh, 195.025-191.875, Saturday night at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Buckeyes (6-4) led by six-tenths of a point after two rotations before scoring a 48.650 on floor, the event in which they lead the Big Ten, to take control of the meet over the Panthers (6-4).
Winning the all-around for the second time this season, junior Kaylan Clevinger (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Notre Dame de Sion) led the way for the Buckeyes with a 39.00, while sophomore Alyssa Meyer (Chesterfield, Mo./John F. Kennedy) was not far behind with a career-best 38.975.
With the season’s first regional qualifying score report scheduled to be released Monday, the 195.025 will give the Buckeyes a big boost toward their goal of reaching a Top 18 seed in the NCAA championships next month.
“We are very excited to score in the 195s, especially because it meant us doing well on beam in our final rotation,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We knew we had to be solid there and the girls handled the pressure extremely well. It shows the little improvements we have made week-to-week and tonight was a huge confidence booster. We know we weren’t at our best tonight, but the changes we made from last week were enough to put us over the 195 mark.”
In addition to their 48.875 on beam and 48.650 on floor, the Buckeyes scored a 48.75 on both vault and bars.
The win-clinching performance on beam was highlight by career highs from sophomore Kiki Holman (Greenfield, Minn./Rockford) with a team-best 9.825 and Clevinger with a 9.80. Clevinger also posted a 9.80 on bars, which led the Buckeyes. Meyer led the way on floor with a 9.80.
OSU sophomore Amanda Surine (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) notched two career highs, including a 9.90 on vault and a 9.75 on bars. In her first outing of the season, freshman Kristin Perchatsch (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored a 9.775 on bars, which placed second for the Buckeyes.
Junior Maalika Moore-Thomas (Tampa, Fla./King) tied for second on two events for Ohio State, including vault with a 9.725 (tied with Clevinger) and floor with a 9.75, a score she shared with junior Karley Walek (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock).
Ohio State travels to Penn State next Saturday night for co-ed meet with the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa.
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