March 2, 2018
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 21 Ohio State had its five-meet win streak snapped at No. 9 Kentucky behind a 196.850-195.725 loss Friday night at Memorial Coliseum.
“I’m proud of my team for their fight tonight,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “They did some amazing gymnastics. We stuck five vaults and finally put things together on beam.”
The Buckeyes moved on to vault for the second rotation. Janelle McClelland stuck her landing and tied her career-high 9.825 to claim third place. The squad tallied a 48.975 on the apparatus.
Next up was floor exercise. Ohio State had a 48.875 while McClelland posted a team-high 9.825 for a third-place finish.
The night wrapped up on balance beam as the Buckeyes tied their season high thanks to a 48.925. Jamie Stone posted the highest score by a Buckeye on beam this season with a career-high 9.900, which was good enough for third. Amanda Huang had a career-high 9.875 and Stefanie Merkle earned a season-high 9.825.
“We’ve changed the way we’re training on beam and it’s starting to pay off,” Paulicivic said. “The team’s energy throughout the meet was awesome.”
The Buckeyes will host N.C. State and Central Michigan to close their home slate on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. inside St. John Arena.