COLUMBUS, Ohio – Back in front of its home crowd inside the Covelli Center, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team edged Penn State, 195.350-195.150, on Friday night in a Big Ten showdown. The victory lifts the Buckeyes to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference outings while the Nittany Lions drop to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in league contests.
The Buckeyes earned victories on a pair of events behind a 49.050 on uneven bars and 49.425 on floor exercise. Freshman Ella Hodges medaled in two events to be named the team’s MVP.
“I’m excited about the conference win,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “That’s really important as we head into the Big Five Meet and Big Ten’s. I’m a little frustrated because I feel like I’m still not seeing the gymnastics on the competition floor that I’m seeing in the gym every day and we’ve just got to continue striving to figure that out.”
Ohio State started the meet on vault, where it earned a 48.750. Freshman Raina Malas tied for first place thanks to a 9.825, which also matched her career high.
Sophomore Colby Miller paced the team on uneven bars with a 9.900, which tied her career high and secured a first-place finish. Zoe Schweitzer, Olivia Aepli and Nevin Adamski all tied for silver with scores of 9.825.
Moving to balance beam, Ohio State posted a 48.125 while Hodges’ notched a 9.825 to claim the top spot.
The Buckeyes closed out the meet on floor exercise, where it registered a season-high 49.425 and medaled in sweeping fashion. Danica Abanto and Alexis Hankins shared first place behind scores of 9.900. Aepli, Hodges and Claire Gagliardi tied for third with scores of 9.875.
The Buckeyes head to Toledo, Ohio for the Big Five Meet, where they will take on Nebraska, Illinois, Rutgers and Iowa at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.