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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team returns to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday as they take on No. 25 Iowa. The Buckeyes (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten) hold a team average score of 194.512, while the Hawkeyes average a 193.931.

Live stats and live video will be shown on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for fans to follow the meet. The Buckeyes’ will also welcome the Big Ten Network Saturday. Fans can watch the action in a delayed airing on Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. 

COACH FAGAN ON THE MEET
 “We are looking forward to the challenge this weekend at home against Iowa,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are really concentrating on vault this week and hope to improve significantly on that event this weekend. As we move into the fifth week of competition, our team scores become more and more important as we approach the seventh week of the season which is when the regional qualifying scores are calculated. The RQS is determined by taking the six best regular-season meet scores, dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five scores. Additionally, three of the five scores used must be from away meets, so essentially, only two home meets scores can be counted in the RQS. We are hoping this weekend will be one of our high scores that we can count in our RQS.”

IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked No. 17 in the nation with a team average score of 194.512. In the central region, the Buckeyes rank fourth as a team. The team holds a 48.787 average on floor, its best event. Ohio State ranks No. 16 in the nation and third in the region on floor. With a 48.750 team average on bars, the Buckeyes rank No. 14 in the country. They rank fourth in the region on bars, along with a fourth-place ranking on beam with a 48.581. In the nation, Ohio State is No. 17 on beam.  On vault, the Buckeyes hold a team average score of 48.394 to rank No. 8 in the central region.

OSU IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes rank No. 4 in the Big Ten Conference. They hold a 0-2 Big Ten record after falling to Michigan State and Illinois last week at home. On floor, the Buckeyes rank second among conference teams. The squad ranks third on bars, fourth on beam and No. 6 on vault.

FRESHMAN STAND OUTS
The freshman class leads Ohio State in the all-around, floor and beam. Taylor Jones ranks first for the Buckeyes in the all-around and on floor. She averages a 38.900 in the all-around which is tied for No. 10 in the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the central region. On floor, Jones averages a 9.819 to rank sixth in the conference. She is No. 10 in the central region and holds the No. 46 position nationally on floor. She has led Ohio State on floor in three of the four meets this season and has one first-place finish at UIC with a season-high 9.850. On vault, Jones is ranked No. 20 in the Big Ten and No. 36 in the region with a 9.731 average. She ranks second on vault for the Buckeyes.

Nicole Krauter leads Ohio State on beam with an average of 9.775. She is ranked sixth in the Big Ten and is tied for No. 13 in the central region. Krauter posted a team season-high 9.850 in her first collegiate meet Jan. 9 at Arkansas. She has led the Buckeyes in two meets this season. Krissi Woodward is among the Top 3 for Ohio State on beam with an average score of 9.762. She led the Buckeyes on beam Jan. 24 at UIC with a 9.825, in her first collegiate meet. On beam, Woodward ranks ninth in the Big Ten and No. 16 in the region.

Casey Williamson ranks second for the Buckeyes on floor. She holds a 9.783 average to rank No. 10 in the Big Ten and No. 14 in the central region. Williamson tied with Jones last Saturday to lead Ohio State in the event with a season-best 9.825.

BUCKEYES LEADING THE WAY
Sophomore Rebecca Best leads Ohio State on vault with a 9.737 average. She is tied for No. 15 in the Big Ten on vault. In the all-around, Best is second for the squad after winning at UIC. She holds a 38.831 average after competing in the event in every meet this season. Best ranks No. 12 in the conference and No. 11 in the central region in the all-around.

Senior Kiki Holman follows Best in the all-around with a 38.575 average to rank No. 15 in the conference and one back in the region with a No. 16 ranking. Holman ranks second for Ohio State on beam with a tied seventh-place standing in the conference and No. 15 spot in the region. She holds a 9.769 average in the event. Holman rounds out the Top 3 for Ohio State on bars with a 9.687 average.

On bars, senior Alyssa Meyer holds a 9.80 average and the top spot for the Buckeyes. She is tied for fifth in the Big Ten and tied for ninth in the central region. She ranks third for Ohio State on floor with a 9.744 average. Junior Hillary Dow follows Meyer on bars with a 9.731 average to tie for No. 18 among conference competitors. Senior Amanda Surine holds the third place spot for Ohio State on vault with a 9.675 average.

LAST WEEK: OSU PLACES FOURTH
Ohio State scored a 193.825 in a quad-meet last Saturday in St. John Arena. Missouri took the title with a team score of 195.375, followed by Illinois (194.575), Michigan State (194.500) and Ohio State. The Buckeyes were led by Jones on two events. She scored a 9.725 on vault to lead the squad and tied with Williamson to take first for Ohio State on floor, with a 9.825. The 9.825 on floor was a career-best score for Williamson and tied third-place overall finish in the meet.

With two freshmen leading the way on floor, Ohio State posted a season-best 48.900. Meyer tied her season high on floor with a 9.775, while Best took third for the squad with a 9.750. Dow stepped in to add a 9.725 to the total score.

Holman led Ohio State on beam with a solid season-high 9.800 score to tie for second in the meet. Krauter and Best followed Holman for the Buckeyes on beam with a 9.725. Ohio State posted a team total score on beam with a 48.125.

On bars, the Buckeyes were led with a pair of 9.80’s by Best and Meyer. Ballard contributed a 9.750 to boost the squad’s bar score to a 48.675. With a 9.700 on vault, senior Amanda Surine moved Ohio State to a team total event score of 48.125

EYEING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater and Texas Woman’s University last Saturday to improve its overall record to 6-2. The squad posted a 195.050 in the first-place finish. The Hawkeyes have defeated six-consecutive teams in the last three weeks with two wins coming on the road. Iowa holds a team average score of 193.931 to rank No. 25 in the country. Head coach Larissa Libby is in her fifth year with the Hawkeyes. Last season, Libby coached Iowa to a 10-4-1 record and was named co-Big Ten coach of the year.

HISTORY OF THE MATCH-UP
In the last match-up between Ohio State and Iowa, the two teams broke even with a 195.400 tie at Iowa. The tie moved the squad’s all-time series record to 6-3-1 led by Ohio State. The Buckeyes last welcomed Iowa to St. John Arena March 16, 2002. Ohio State slid by Iowa with a 195.900-195.550 victory.

BUCKEYES ON BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State welcomes the Big Ten Network to St. John Arena twice, while having four total meets aired on the network. The quad-meet vs. Missouri, Michigan State and Illinois will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday. Fans can watch Ohio State as they host Iowa Saturday in a delayed airing one week later at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. The meet at Penn State with Alabama March 1 will be aired on Big Ten Network at noon March 8. The Big Ten Championships hosted by Illinois at 3 p.m. March 2 will be shown live by Big Ten Network.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return to the road next week as they take on No. 14 Illinois in Champaign, Ill. at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 for the second time this season. They continue on the road at Bowling Green Feb. 22 before heading to No. 15 Penn State March 1 in a tri-meet with No. 9 Alabama. Ohio State returns to Columbus at 7 p.m. March 7 for senior night against George Washington.

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