COLUMBUS, Ohio Led by freshman Taylor Jones’ career-high tying 39.300 in the all-around, the No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team defeated George Washington, 196.475-192.775, Saturday night at St. John Arena. The team score is the fourth-highest mark all-time at Ohio State and the top score in head coach Carey Fagan’s tenure. The Buckeyes improve to 5-7 in dual meet action this season.
“Our total team effort tonight was pretty amazing,” Fagan said. “I was incredibly proud of the way everyone performed tonight, especially on the Senior Night. Kiki Holman was out because of injury and I couldn’t be happier with the ones that had to step up and fill in for her absence.”
Holman was honored following the match as part of the Senior Night festivities, along with Alyssa Meyer and Amanda Surine. The group has helped Ohio State grow into one of the nation’s top women’s gymnastics programs and have a lot to do with the Buckeyes’ recent success. As freshmen, the trio finished the year placed No. 38 in the country. Now, as seniors, they have brought Ohio State back into the Top 20.
In addition to the senior festivities, the meet Saturday was dubbed “Link to Pink,” as the Buckeyes raised awareness for breast cancer by donning pink leotards and passing out pink t-shirts and bracelets to fans in attendance.
Saturday marked the second all-around win for Jones in her rookie season. Though she did not take first in an individual event, Jones captured a Top 3 position on all four led by the 9.875 on vault that gave her a tie for second with teammate Rebecca Best. Freshman Casey Williamson won the event for the first time this season, scoring a career-high 9.875.
Meyer marked her final regular-season meet in St. John Arena by taking first place on the uneven bars with a 9.825, a score she matched on the floor exercise to take fifth. The Top 6 positions on the bars were filled with Buckeyes, including a three-way tie for the No. 3 spot.
Nicole Krauter continued her strong showings on beam by winning the event for the second time this season with a career-high 9.900. Hillary Dow and Jones rounded out the Top 3 finishers with scores of 9.850 and 9.800, respectively.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the meet on the floor exercise, with Best scoring a meet-high score of 9.925 to take first place. Williamson, Jones and George Washington’s Kristen Simpson each earned 9.875’s to fill in the second spot. Simpson was the only Colonial gymnast to finish in the Top 3 in an event.
The Buckeyes return to action at 8 p.m. Friday against Auburn in Auburn, Ala. The eighth-ranked Tigers are currently 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference.