The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team celebrated the completed season at the annual banquet this season, recognizing the accomplishments of the 2019 team over the weekend.
The Buckeyes recorded a number of feats during the 2019 season that had not been done in several seasons, including achieving a No. 14 ranking for the first time since 2013 and posting a 196.850, the fourth-highest score in program history.
Eight different gymnasts hit a 9.9 this past season, the most to do so for Ohio State since the 2002 season. The team hit 196 three times in a row in the first month of the season, setting a team record and completing the accomplishment all on the road. The squad made its 41st appearance in an NCAA Regional with the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional Second Round, finishing the season with an average score of 195.519.
Senior Amanda Huang won the Heart of a Champion award. The Roswell, Ga., native competed in the first five meets of the season on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise before being sidelined with an injury. At Penn State (Jan. 19), Huang won the beam title with a score of 9.850, helping the team to win the event title (49.150) and score its second consecutive 196 with a win over the Nittany Lions. Huang returned to action when the team needed her most, competing on bars at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regional as part of the No. 19 bar squad in the nation.
Senior captain Jamie Stone earned team MVP after a First Team All-Big Ten-worthy season. Stone, a native of Chesapeake, Va., won 13 event titles throughout the season. Three of her event titles came from the all-around, Stone’s first season competing on all four events. Stone scored a team-high on balance beam (9.925), floor exercise (9.950) and won the all-around with a career-best score of 39.500 against No. 23 West Virginia and Temple, helping the Buckeyes score their fourth-highest team score of 196.850.
Sophomore Kali Schierl picked up the Excellence in Leadership award. A native of Stevens Point, Wis., Schierl was one of the SASSO Student-Athletes of the Month in March. Schierl earned her second OSU Scholar-Athlete this season, and was a first-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Sophomore Danica Abanto received the Coaches Award after a standout first season on the competition floor. The Tyler, Texas, native began the season competing only on floor exercise, and later expanded to the all-around. Abanto hit a 9.900 on floor at the Big Ten Championships, tying for first and helping the team to finish first in the afternoon session. With the score, Abanto earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Championships team.
Sophomore Morgan Lowe took home the Buckeye Scholar award. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lowe is now a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Lowe is majoring in exercise science education and competed in all 13 meets this season on vault and beam.