March 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 24 Ohio State brings the regular season to a close on Saturday at the Big Five Meet, hosted by Michigan State. The Buckeyes will face the Spartans, Illinois, Maryland and No. 11 Nebraska live on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet & Gray tied for the ninth-highest score in program history with a 196.525 to finish second in a tri-meet with N.C. State and Central Michigan. Jamie Stone and Jenna Swartzentruber both tallied a career-high 9.925 on balance beam to lead Ohio State to a season-high 49.350 on the apparatus. Stone stood atop the podium three times, including a first-place finish on beam and floor exercise.
The B1G Five meet is the final outing before the Big Ten Championships where the teams will compete against conference opponents they did not face in the regular season schedule. The seeding of the meet is determined by the team’s RQS scores. Nebraska will come in with the No. 1 seed, with Ohio State at No. 2, Maryland at No. 3, Illinois at No. 4 and Michigan State at No. 5.
196 OR BETTER
The Buckeyes have scored higher than a 196.000 four times this season. Ohio State’s top score of the season happened in its home opener on Jan. 27 against Minnesota and Illinois State with a 196.775. The team bested Penn State (196.200), Bowling Green and Central Michigan (196.125) and came in second to N.C. State (196.525).
THRIVING AT HOME
Ohio State proved that there’s no place like home this season in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes went 5-1 in front of the best fans in the land during four home meets. As a team, the squad has tied three program records and set the sixth-highest score behind a 196.775.
Ohio State is ranked No. 24 with a team RQS of 196.085. Based on the RQS, Ohio State sits in the top-25 in two events, with its best coming on floor exercise. The Buckeyes are No. 21 in the nation on floor at 49.215 while checking in at No. 25 vault (49.020).
Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes average a 195.635 and are the fourth-best team in the Big Ten behind No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Nebraska and No. 22 Minnesota. The squad ranks second on floor and third on vault. Individually, Olivia Aepli has a 9.850 RQS on vault, which is eighth in the conference. Jamie Stone and Stefanie Merkle have a 9.860 RQS on floor to tie for 10th.
SHOW UP, SHOW OUT
The Buckeyes truly shined when they stepped into St. John Arena for their home opener on Jan. 27. The squad won three events in stellar fashion as Ohio State’s 49.325 on uneven bars tied the top score in program history, recorded on Feb. 25, 2012 against Penn State. The team score of 196.775 is the sixth-highest total in OSU history.
The Big Five Meets are used to determine seeding at next week’s Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which will be hosted by Illinois on Saturday, Mar. 24.