Feb. 10, 2007
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a season high 194.975 the No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team topped the Air Force Academy, which scored 184.150 Saturday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State took the first three spots on each event and four notched career highs.
The 10.825 point victory is the largest win dated back to Feb. 28, 1992 when Ohio State had a 10.9 margin of victory against Air Force.
“We were so close to a 195 tonight,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “I’m excited for the team. We still have areas to clean up and overall I’m happy with our performance. It is good not to counter fall and we have not maxed at a 194.975. We are a solid 195 team. It was nice to be back with the St. John crowd tonight. The girls enjoyed using familiar equipment and sleeping in their own beds last night. I look forward to coming back in March.”
The Buckeyes won each event while scoring season bests on both beam with a 48.375 and floor with a 49.00. They scored a 48.60 on vault and a 49.00 on bars.
Junior Maalika Moore-Thomas (Tampa, Fla./King) finished in the Top 2 spot each event. Moore-Thomas won the all-around with a 39.225 and vault with a 9.80. She tied for first on beam with junior Kaylan Clevinger (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Notre Dame de Sion) and on floor with junior Jessica Rosette (Green Cove, Fla./Episcopal). Moore-Thomas scored a 9.75 on beam and a season-high 9.825 on floor. She placed second on bars with a 9.85.
Along with a tied career high win on beam Clevinger won bars with a career-high 9.875. She took the second spot in the all-around with a 39.075 followed by sophomore Alyssa Meyer (Chesterfield, Mo./John F. Kennedy), who was awarded the Buckeye Performance Award. Meyer scored a 38.700 in the all-around.
“It was good for the team tonight and now we can drop our lowest score which will help our regional qualifying score,” Meyer said. “We still have a lot to improve on, but it was so nice to be back at home. Three weeks on the road was stressful with school and it is nice to use equipment we are comfortable with and have our fans.”
Sophomore Kiki Holman (Greenfield, Minn./Rockford) took a Top 3 spot in each event she competed on. She placed second on vault with a 9.75, third on bars with a 9.80 and third on beam with a tied career-high 9.70. Sophomore Amanda Surine (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) followed Holman on vault with a 9.725 and on beam with a career-high 9.625.
Junior Jessica Rosette (Green Cove, Fla./Episcopal) scored a career-high 9.825 with her tied first place finish on floor and tied her season high on vault with a 9.65. Junior Karley Walek (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock) took third on floor with a season-high 9.80.
The Buckeyes will return to the road for the next two weeks first competing at Pittsburgh Feb. 17 and then heading to Penn State Feb. 24. Both meets will begin at 7 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###