COLUMBUS, Ohio With an all-around win and two individual event wins, sophomore Rebecca Best led the No. 15 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team to a 194.850-192.050 win at UIC Saturday night.
Best won the all-around with a season-high 39.150, while placing first on vault and bars. She tied her career high in both events with a 9.850 on vault and a 9.80 on bars. Senior Alyssa Meyer tied Best on bars with a first-place 9.80.
The Buckeyes recorded season high scores in three of their four events including vault, beam and floor. The squad posted a 48.575 on vault, a 48.950 on beam and a 48.675 on floor. They added a 48.650 on bars.
“Beam was really good tonight and it was our final event,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “I feel like we had struggles on our vault landings and didn’t get into a rhythm until the second rotation was over. Floor and beam were our best events.”
The freshmen class shined on the road to help lead Ohio State. Taylor Jones won the floor with a career-best 9.850 and posted a career-high 9.800 on vault. Krissi Woodward, in her first collegiate meet, and Nicole Krauter led the Buckeyes on beam with a 9.825. Casey Williamson added a 9.775 on bars in her first Buckeye bar performance.
“I am really proud of the freshmen,” Fagan said. “Woodward and Krauter both had dominant performances on beam. Williamson performed for the first time, for the Buckeyes, on bars. We saw some new faces tonight and put some pressure on the freshmen and they handled it well.”
Junior Hillary Dow finished the night with a second place finish in the all-around with a 38.425. Dow posted a 9.750 on beam and a 9.700 on bars.
The Buckeyes host a quad-meet with Michigan State, Illinois and Missouri at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The meet will be tape delayed on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Live stats will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, linked from the women’s gymnastics schedule page.
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