Hillary Dow notches season-best 38.800 for second in all-around

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior captain Hillary Dow continues to prove why she was chosen to be the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team’s captain, leading the Buckeyes with a 38.800 all-around tally. Still OSU fell, 195.650-192.800, on the road vs. West Virginia Friday night in Morgantown, W.Va. The Buckeyes conclude their five-meet road swing at Kentucky next Friday before returning home to St. John Arena vs. UIC next Sunday.

Like last weekend, the squad earned high marks on vault (48.450), bars (48.475) and floor (48.675) but it was not enough to hold off the Mountaineers who are 10-1 in their last five meets. Ohio State drops to 1-5 on the year.

On vault, junior Rebecca Best and sophomore Taylor Jones scored a pair of 9.750s to lead the squad and tie for fourth. Senior captain Hillary Dow added a 9.700 while sophomore Casey Williamson received a 6.500. Sophomore Nicole Krauter also contributed a 9.600 on vault and despite recording a 48.450 event total, the Buckeyes dropped the rotation to West Virginia who scored a 48.875.

Best also led Ohio State on the uneven bars as she registered a 9.775, tying her season high and finishing tied for third on the event. Freshman Colleen Dean followed in scoring with a 9.725, which tied her career best set at Iowa last weekend. Dow hit her second-consecutive 9.700 of the night, Jones added a 9.675 and Krauter a 9.600. Still, the Mountaineers outscored the Buckeyes on bars, 48.900-48.475.

Dean hit a Buckeye high 9.775 on beam, tying another career high, for fourth and was followed by Dow with a score of 9.675 and Williamson with a 9.625 tally. Ohio State finished with a 47.200 on the event behind WVA’s 48.800.

On floor, Dean from Sylvania, Ohio, notched a 9.800, the third 9.800 or higher in just her rookie season, to led the Scarlet and Gray and place fourth on the event. Williamson, Jones and Dow tied for seventh with scores of 9.725 to give the Buckeyes a season-best 48.675 event total. However, the Mountaineers secured the meet win with a 49.075.

With an all-around score of 38.800, her highest total in 2010, Dow finished second behind WVA’s Amy Bieski.