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Feb. 20, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (5-6, 0-3 Big Ten) dropped a 195.600-194.075 decision to No. 3 LSU Sunday in St. John Arena. Ohio State finished the evening with scores of 48.800 on floor, 48.400 on both bars and vault, and a 48.475 on beam.

“We had some good routines and some mistake-ridden routines this afternoon,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “This week we will need to work on our consistency and work on little things like finishing our routines strong.”

The Buckeyes rotation was paced by freshman Karley Walek (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock) and senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood). Walek placed first in the all-around for the second-consecutive week with a mark of 38.250. Walek also finished the afternoon placing fourth on vault with a score of 9.825. Meaney finished the meet placing first on beam for the fifth time this season, with a score of 9.850. Meaney also placed fourth on floor with a score of 9.850.

Junior Kaylin Schlecht (Marion, Ohio/River Valley) and freshman Jessica Rosette (Green Cove, Fla./Episcopal) turned in solid performances as well. Schlecht placed third on bars with a tally of 9.775, while Rosette posted a 9.725 on beam to finish fourth.

Ohio State will travel to meet Big Ten rival Penn State at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in University Park, Pa. Following the meet with Penn State, the Buckeyes will return home to host the Japan All-Star squad in a coed meet at 7 p.m. March 3 in St. John Arena.