Buckeyes score 195.125 to post program’s all-time regional high score
COLUMBUS, Ohio With a 195.125 team total, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team finished third at the NCAA Central Region Championships Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., and senior Kaylan Clevinger will be representing the Buckeyes at the national championships for the second-consecutive year.
The team score marks a program record for Ohio State at regionals, which was making its 23rd regional appearance. It also marks the Buckeyes’ best finish at regionals since a third-place finish in 2000.
Host LSU finished first with a 197.625 followed by Stanford with a 197.525. The two squads receive an automatic bid to the national championships. Missouri trailed Ohio State by .025 to finish fourth with a 195.125. Kentucky took fifth (194.950) and Kent State placed sixth (193.700).
Clevinger tied her career best all-around score of 39.150, leading the Buckeyes on two events, and qualified for the national championships, which will be held April 28 in Athens, Ga. OSU freshman Rebecca Best also scored a 39.150 to tie Clevinger for the second-best all-around score from a non-advancing team. Only two competitors from each region can advance to nationals, however, and Clevinger was given the nod from the regional officials by virtue of owning the highest event score between herself and Best.
Ohio State finished with a 48.775 on floor and vault, a season-best 48.900 on bars and a 48.675 on beam.
On bars, Clevinger posted a 9.875 to help Ohio State tie its season-best bars total of 48.900. Clevinger led the Buckeyes on bars in every meet this season, including Saturday at regionals. Clevinger tied her career best on beam with a team-high 9.800. She added a 9.75 on floor and a 9.725 on vault.
Best led the Buckeyes in the first two rotations with a 9.800 finish on floor and she tied her season-best on vault with a 9.850. Best added a 9.750 on both bars and beam to post an all-around total of 39.150.
Juniors Kiki Holman and Alyssa Meyer posted consistent numbers for Ohio State in every event. Holman tied Clevinger on vault with a season-high 9.725 and on beam with a 9.80. Holman and Meyer scored a 9.75 on bars, while Meyer added a 9.70 on floor.
Senior Maalika Moore-Thomas posted a 9.775 on vault and floor, while senior Jessica Rosette added a 9.750 on floor.
Sophomores Kristin Perchatsch, Hillary Dow and Beth Ann Ballard gained experience with solid postings. Perchatsch placed second for the Buckeye squad on bars with a 9.775. Dow tied her career high with a 9.725 on the event and added a 9.70 on vault to tie Ballard.
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