COLUMBUS, Ohio With a season-high score of 195.225, the No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team defeated Iowa in a Big Ten match-up in St. John Arena Saturday. The Hawkeyes led the Buckeyes (3-4, 1-0 Big Ten) after three events, but fell short after the final rotation to finish the night with a 194.250.
“We made a few changes to our line-ups tonight and it was good to see the kids who were on the spot pull through,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We hit 24-of-24 routines tonight, but we still have a lot we can improve on. It was nice to see different routines and get a sense of how the judges will score them. It was nice to beat a Big Ten school at home and will build on tonight as we head to Illinois.”
Freshman Taylor Jones won the all-around title for the first time in her career with a season-high 39.125. Jones tied for first on vault with a season-best 9.850 and placed second in the meet on floor with a 9.825. She added a 9.725 on both bars and beam. Jones has led the Buckeyes on floor in all but one meet this season.
“I took each event one at a time,” Jones said. “I just focused on what I was doing then and there. It was nice to have home court advantage. The coaches and my teammates were there to support me and I just focused on the moment. We came back to practice last week and put in a lot of hard work.”
Ohio State started the night on vault with a team season-high 48.900. Senior Amanda Surine and freshman Casey Williamson both recorded a 9.80, a season high score for both, to place second for Ohio State in the event. Junior Beth Ann Ballard followed for Ohio State with 9.75, also a season best. Sophomore Rebecca Best added a 9.70 to Ohio State’s vault total.
Williamson and Ballard led the way for Ohio State on bars with a 9.750 score for both. The pair placed second in the meet and boosted Ohio State’s bar score to a 48.650. Best tied Jones in the event with a 9.725, with senior Alyssa Meyer following close behind with a 9.70.
Ohio State scored a team total 48.750 on beam. Freshman Nicole Krauter and senior Kiki Holman tied with a 9.777 on the beam to lead the Buckeyes . Best scored a 9.75 on the event, while freshman Kristine Woodward added a 9.725.
The Buckeyes concluded the night on floor with a solid 48.925 team total. Ohio State’s season-high score on floor topped Iowa’s 47.725 to give the Buckeyes the event win. Surine scored her second season-high score of the night on floor with a 9.80, a third-place ranking in the meet. Meyer and junior Hillary Dow posted solid 9.775’s on floor. Williamson followed close behind with a 9.750. Best scored a 9.725 on floor to increase her all-around total to a 38.900.
Fans can watch Ohio State take on Iowa in a delayed airing on Big Ten Network next Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Buckeyes return to the road next week as they take on No. 14 Illinois for the second time this season in Champaign, Ill., at 2 p.m. Feb. 15. 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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