COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team tied Illinois with a season-high score of 195.350 Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. It is the Buckeyes’ highest team score since March 13 of last season against Auburn.
“It’s a little odd to tie a team but facing a great squad like Illinois, I’m very happy to finish with this outcome,” head coach Carey Fagan said. “Hitting beam was critical. We had it in our mind that we were going to perform well and for me that is the highlight of the meet.”
The Buckeyes posted a season-best 49.125 on vault paced by a career-high 9.875 from sophomore Taylor Jones. Senior co-captain Rebecca Best and the freshman tandem of Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer recorded scores of 9.825. Ohio State took the win after the Fighting Illini recorded a 48.600 on vault.
Freshman Victoria Aepli led the Buckeyes on the uneven bars with a career best 9.800. Continuing the momentum for the Scarlet and Gray, Colleen Dean and Casey Williamson posted scores of 9.750 and 9.725, respectively. However, Ohio State’s score of 48.150 was not enough to edge the Fighting Illini, who finished with a score of 48.700.
After two rotations, Illinois held a narrow 97.300-97.275 lead over the Buckeyes.
Miller recorded her second 9.875 in three meets to lead Ohio State on balance beam. Aepli, Dean and Nicole Krauter each posted a 9.775 to help the Buckeyes record a season-high 48.950 on beam and top the Fighting Illini score of 48.875.
The Buckeyes had a strong showing on floor. Miller posted a career-high 9.925 to lead the Scarlet and Gray, with Dean following with a score of 9.850. Best and Williamson added a pair of 9.800 scores but Illinois beat Ohio State on floor with a score of 49.125-49.175.
Dean posted a 39.050 all-around score for the Buckeyes while Best recorded a 38.025.
The Buckeyes travel to Bowling Green for a tri-meet with the Falcons and Western Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday.