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Jan. 12, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by a career-best performance from Sarah Spring (So., Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a 193.500-192.900 victory over Ball State Friday night at St. John Arena. Spring captured the all-around title with a career-high 39.050 and also won the floor exercise with a career-best 9.925.

Ohio State (1-1) tied a school record on uneven bars, recording a score of 49.250 to tie the mark, previously set at Michigan Feb. 22, 1997. All five scoring Buckeyes set or tied career highs with at least a 9.8 on the apparatus, led by Mary Beth Doerr (Jr., Boston Heights, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and Lindsey Vagedes (Sr., Warrenville, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South), who each earned scores of 9.9. Vagedes’ mark set a career high, while Doerr’s score tied her career best.

Spring was stellar on bars as well, tying her career high with a 9.825. She also took second place on vault, scoring 9.775 to take runner-up laurels to Vagedes, who won her second straight vault title, tallying a 9.875. In addition to her vault and bars titles, Vagedes also nabbed runner-up honors on floor with a 9.850.

OSU also received a fine performance on balance beam from Jenni Lymanstall (Fr., Defiance, Ohio/Tinora), who tied for first place with a 9.775. Freshman Megan Porter (Elmhurst, Ill./York) put up a big score on bars, earning a 9.825 to tie with Spring for third place. Amanda Allen (Jr., Troy, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm) posted a career-best 9.8 on bars for OSU’s fifth score in the event.

Ball State falls to 1-1 with the defeat. Ohio State hits the road next week, traveling to Bowling Green Sunday for the All-Ohio Championships. The meet, which includes Kent State and Bowling Green, begins at 2 p.m.

Meet Results (Event champions plus OSU results)
Team
1. Ohio State 193.500 2. Ball State 192.900

Vault (OSU 48.350, BSU 48.175) 1. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.875 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.775 Susan Kinkaid (OSU) 9.650 Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.575 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.475 Stefanie Marshall (OSU) 9.475

Uneven Bars (OSU 49.250, BSU 47.975) T1.Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.900* T1.Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.900# T3.Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.825* T3.Megan Porter (OSU) 9.825# Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.800# Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.600

Balance Beam (BSU 47.900, OSU 47.175) T1.Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 9.775# T1.Amy Bodus (BSU) 9.775 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.525 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.400 Sheri Greig (OSU) 9.250 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.225 Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.050

Floor Exercise (BSU 48.850, OSU 48.725 1. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.925# T2.Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.850 T2.Amy Bodus (BSU) 9.850 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.675# Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.650 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.625 Susan Kinkaid (OSU) 8.700

All-Around 1. Sarah Spring (OSU) 39.050# 2. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 38.675

# career high, * ties career high