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Jan. 7, 2001

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

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

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

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

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

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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)