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Jan. 7, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite posting a strong score in its season opener, the No. 24 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team dropped a 194.275-192.250 decision to Minnesota Saturday night in front of 1,237 fans at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. Ohio State’s score is by far its best ever to start a season, topping the 190.650 scored in last year’s season opener at Michigan State.

Lindsey Vagedes (Sr., Warrenville, Ill./Illinois Gymnastics Institute) had a stellar meet for Ohio State, winning the all-around competition with a score of 39.175. Vagedes also captured the vault competition, scoring 9.850, and tied for first place on balance beam with Minnesota’s Annie Laatsch with a 9.800. She added a fourth-place finish on uneven bars (9.725) and a fifth-place finish in the floor exercise (9.800).

Sarah Spring (So., Burke, Va./Capital Gymnastics Academy) also starred for the Buckeyes, taking second to Vagedes in the all-around with a 38.325. Spring won the bars crown, scoring 9.775 to squeak past teammate Mary Beth Doerr and Laatsch, who tied for second with a 9.750.

Four Buckeye freshmen made their debuts in the meet, led by Tiffanie Janke (Schaumburg, Ill./Illinois Gymnastics Institute), who posted scores of 9.650 and 9.625 on beam and floor, respectively.

The Buckeyes return to action Friday at 7 p.m., hosting Ball State at St. John Arena.

Meet Results (Event champions plus OSU results) Team 1. Minnesota 194.275 2. Ohio State 192.250

Vault (UM 48.325, OSU 47.575) 1. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.850 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.600 Sheri Greig (OSU) 9.550 Susan Kinkaid (OSU 9.300 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.275 Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.100 *Julie Levi (OSU) 8.950

Uneven Bars (OSU 48.400, UM 48.300) 1. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.775 T2. Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.750 T2. Annie Laatsch (UM) 9.750 Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.725 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.700 Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.450 Megan Porter (OSU) 9.050 *Stefanie Marshall (OSU) 9.600 *Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 8.625

Balance Beam (UM 48.475, OSU 48.225) T1. Annie Laatsch (UM) 9.800 T1. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.800 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.650 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.625 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.575 Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.575 Sheri Greig (OSU) 9.200 *Jenni Lymanstall (OSU) 9.600

Floor Exercise (UM 49.175, OSU 48.050) T1. MaryAnne Kelley (UM) 9.850 T1. Annie Laatsch (UM) 9.850 T1. Shanyn Lancaster (UM) 9.850 Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 9.800 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.775 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.625 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.525 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.325 Susan Kinkaid (OSU) 8.450 *Megan Porter (OSU) 9.350 *Stefanie Marshall (OSU) 9.050

All-Around 1. Lindsey Vagedes (OSU) 39.175 2. Sarah Spring (OSU) 38.325 (* exhibition performance)