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Jan. 27, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a solid all-around effort in handing No. 16 Penn State its first loss of the season, 195.350-194.700, Saturday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes’ score is the eighth-best in school history.

Lindsey Vagedes (Sr., Warrenville, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) led the Buckeyes (4-1) with a solid all-around effort, taking second-place laurels in the all-around with a season-best 39.35. Vagedes took runner-up honors on balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.85) and added a third-place finish on uneven bars (9.85).

Jill Tucker (Jr., Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls), tied for No. 1 in the nation with Vagedes on vault, showed why with a first-place finish (9.875), tying with Penn State’s Katie Rowland. Mary Beth Doerr (Jr., Boston Heights, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) won the uneven bars competition for the third-consecutive week, tying a career best with a 9.9.

Susan Kinkaid (Sr., Lighthouse Point, Fla./Jupiter Christian) posted her best vault performance in nearly two years, scoring 9.85 to finish in third place. Stephanie Buerkel (Jr., West Chester, Pa./East) continued her comeback from a back injury, tying with Vagedes for third place on bars (9.85). Sarah Spring (So., Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) tied with Vagedes for second on floor, tallying 9.85.

Penn State’s Katie Rowland captured the all-around title, recording a score of 39.45 to edge Vagedes by a tenth of a point. Rowland took first on floor (9.875) and beam (9.875) and tied for first on vault (9.875).

Penn State falls to 2-1 with the loss. Ohio State returns to action Saturday, traveling to Illinois for an 8 p.m. co-ed meet.

Meet Results (Event champions plus OSU results) Team 1. Ohio State 195.350 2. Penn State 194.700 Vault (OSU 49.100, PSU 48.075) T1.Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.875 T1.Katie Rowland (PSU) 9.875 3. Susan Kinkaid (OSU) 9.850 Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.825 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.825 Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 9.725# Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.525

Uneven Bars (PSU 49.125, OSU 49.000) T1.Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.900* T1.Maria Taylor (PSU) 9.900 T3.Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.850* T3.Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.850 Megan Porter (OSU) 9.725 Stefanie Marshall (OSU) 9.675 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.125

Balance Beam (PSU 48.350, OSU 48.275) 1. Katie Rowland (PSU) 9.850 2. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.825 3. Maria Taylor (PSU) 9.800 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.750* Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 9.750* Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.725 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.225 Megan Porter (OSU) 9.050

Floor Exercise (PSU 49.150, OSU 48.975) 1. Katie Rowland (PSU) 9.875 T2.Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.850 T2.Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.850 T2.Richelle Simpson (PSU) 9.850 T2.Katie McAvoy (PSU) 9.850 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.800# Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.750 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.725 Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 9.700#

All-Around 1. Katie Rowland (PSU) 39.450 2. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 39.350 T3.Gemma Cuff (PSU) 39.025 T3.Katie McAvoy (PSU) 39.025

# career high, * tied career high