BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team recorded a season-high 195.450 to take the meet title in a tri-meet with Bowling Green and Western Michigan Sunday afternoon at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green. Western Michigan took second with a 192.650 and Bowling Green third at 190.400.
“I am really proud of the team today,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “We started on floor and our first two routines were a little rough then Casey Williamson hit a great routine for a 9.8, but more importantly, she lit a spark for the team. From that routine on, the team was focused and competed great. Colleen Dean continues to impress me, and scored her personal best in the all-around 39.225. She is really emerging as a leader on the team and her confidence grows every week.”
Melanie Shaffer tied her career-high with a 9.825 on vault while Sarah Miller posted a 9.800 to help lead the Buckeyes to a 48.875 event-high score. Colleen Dean also set a career-best with a 9.775 on vault for the Buckeyes.
Shaffer and Miller also paced the Buckeyes on floor exercise with scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively. Dean and Casey Williamson each added scores of 9.800 as Ohio State recorded a team total of 48.750 on floor to win floor exercise as the Buckeyes recorded the four highest scores at the meet.
Dean and Rebecca Best led the Buckeyes on uneven bars with scores of 9.850 and tied for the event title. The score was a career-high for Dean and tied Best’s career-best. The scores represented the highest by any Buckeye this season. The Buckeyes posted a season-best team total of 48.850 to take first place at the meet.
Miller tied her career-high with a 9.875 on balance beam and Dean, Shaffer and Nicole Krauter recorded scores of 9.800 as Ohio State took the event title and set a season-high with a 48.975.
Dean and Best each scored season-highs to take first and second in the all-around with scores of 39.225 and 38.525, respectively.
“Scoring our season-high on the road will help build the team’s confidence and we still have plenty of areas we can improve,” Fagan added. “Our goal each week is to improve on last week’s performance and we did that this afternoon. We finished the meet on beam and our beam team is impressive, with four scores of 9.8 or better.”
Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road for the second-consecutive weekend to take on Denver at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday.