COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team makes its 41st appearance in an NCAA Regional at the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional on Friday, April 5, with the Buckeyes selected to the second round afternoon session at 2 p.m. ET.
This marks the first year of a new three-day postseason format, with a first round “play-in”, a second round of eight teams and final round of four teams. FloGymnastics is set to broadcast the meet to subscribers.
|Ohio State (7-10) at the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional|
|Date:||April 5, 2019|
|Time:||2 p.m. ET|
|Venue:||Crisler Center -- Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Meet Notes:||Ohio State|
The NCAA Regional first round is a dual between Illinois and Central Michigan on Thursday, April 3, with highest-scoring team moving on to the second round’s evening session. In the second round, beginning with the afternoon session at 2 p.m. on Friday, the top two teams from each session advance to the final on Saturday. Ohio State will compete against No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Alabama and No. 23 Penn State. The evening session will see No. 2 UCLA, No. 15 Nebraska, West Virginia and the winner of the first round compete. In the final round, the two highest-scoring teams in the regional earn a spot in the NCAA Semifinal on April 19 in Fort Worth, Texas.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State finished first in the afternoon session at the Big Ten Championships, scoring a 195.775. The Buckeyes finished seventh overall.
Starting on floor exercise, sophomore Danica Abanto and senior Janelle McClelland both scored 9.900 to lead OSU. Junior Olivia Aepli won the session’s vault title with a 9.850 and sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber took first on the beam in the session with a 9.850.
Abanto was the team’s top all-arounder, posting a career-high 39.100 for third (11th overall).
THE SEASON AT A GLANCE
The Buckeyes spent the first month of competition in the 2019 season on the road, opening with a 194.900 against No. 7 Georgia. OSU then won the next three road meets, hitting the 196 mark in all three for the first time in program history.
After a win in the home opener to begin the month of February, the Buckeyes struggled with minor injuries, seeing a downturn in scoring.
After a tough Big Five meet, the Buckeyes rebounded with the third-highest score in program history against West Virginia and Temple to start out March, posting a 196.850. In the senior sendoff and last meet in women’s gymnastics history at St. John Arena, OSU finished with a 195.875 win against Bowling Green.
During the final regular season meet, a quad with West Virginia, NC State and Penn State, senior and First Team All-Big Ten selection Jamie Stone suffered an injury on the floor exercise that took the captain out of competition.
The young Buckeyes rallied in the Big Ten Championships, finishing first in the afternoon session (195.775) and seeing four All-Championship Team selections: Aepli, Swartzentruber, Abanto and McClelland.
Meredith Paulicivic’s second season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Ohio State saw three All-Big Ten Selections in Stone, Aepli and Swartzentruber, and earned its first Big Ten weekly honor for the new coach in freshman Colby Miller. With 10 out of 16 gymnasts on the roster being underclassmen, the young team has gained valuable experience throughout the up and down season.
The highest-ranked event for Ohio State is the uneven bars, with the team ranked 19th in the nation. The team’s qualifying score is 49.150, including a season-high of 49.300, tied for the fifth-highest bar rotation in program history.
Three different Buckeyes have scored a team-high 9.900 this season, led by Swartzentruber who has hit the mark twice. The 2018 Big Ten uneven bars champion, Aepli has also reached a 9.900 this season, as well as freshman Claire Gagliardi, who shines in the anchor spot with her Ezhova release.
Junior Peyton Hinterberger has been as solid leadoff for Ohio State on bars, hitting a career-high 9.875 this season. Rookie Colby Miller is making her way back into the bar lineup after beginning the season with a 9.800 or higher in five straight meets.
Swartzentruber (9.850) and Gagliardi (9.818) are the highest averaging bar performers for OSU.
BRINGING IT ON BEAM
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 25 in the nation on the beam with a regional qualifying score of 49.040.
Ohio State’s score of 49.350 on beam against West Virginia and Temple on March 2 was a season-high, and it also tied for the fourth-highest beam score in program history.
Stone posted a team-high for the season and tied her career-high to win the event with a 9.925, followed by freshman Colby Miller in second, who scored a 9.900 in her first time in the beam lineup as a Buckeye. Swartzentruber made it a Buckeye sweep, registering a season-high of 9.875 and sophomore Morgan Lowe tied her career-high of 9.850. Junior Olivia Aepli rounded out the effort leading to a season-high, adding a 9.800.
Six different gymnasts are currently averaging at least 9.800 in one event, led by sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber with a 9.850 average on bars and senior Janelle McClelland with a 9.831 on floor. The freshmen lead the way on beam, with Miriam Perez averaging a 9.825 and Colby Miller at 9.817.
For the first time in program history, the Buckeyes posted three consecutive all-around scores of 196 on the road from Jan. 12-27, against NC State, Penn State and Michigan State. The last time Ohio State scored 196 or higher in three straight meets was the 2012 season. The squad also beats the previous-best road streak of 196, 195 and 196 that was set in 2002.
ROOKIES ARE RIGHT AT HOME
All five Ohio State freshmen have appeared in the lineup so far this season as event specialists: Claire Gagliardi (floor, bars), Kaitlyn Gilson (beam), Sydney Jennings (vault), Colby Miller (bars) and Miriam Perez (beam, floor).
Gagliardi started off as a clutch addition to the floor and rotation, averaging a 9.817 and appearing on the podium against NC State by claiming third. She has now become a staple in the uneven bars lineup, winning her first event title as a Buckeye on Feb. 16, posting a 9.900.
Miller scored a team-high on bars in the first meet of the season with a 9.800 and improved to a 9.875 vs. Iowa, tying for first overall. She recently made her first appearance on the beam, posting an impressive 9.900 for second overall.
Gilson and Perez have been clutch on beam, with Gilson recently added back into the lineup and hitting a career-high 9.825 at the Big Ten Championships. Perez has rotated into the anchor spot, posting a 9.825 as well.
Miller was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 5) after her career-high against Iowa on uneven bars, claiming the first laurels of the season for Ohio State and the first weekly honor during Coach Paulicivic’s tenure at OSU.