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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a 195.500 to beat No. 11 Maryland and No. 23 Central Michigan on Saturday night at the Covelli Center. The Terps finished second (195.250) while the Chippewas came in third (194.325).
The Buckeyes earned victories on three of the four events as a team – uneven bars (49.175), balance beam (48.275) and floor exercise (49.150).
“We picked up a win against two really great teams,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “We kept fighting and fighting for every tenth, which I think is important. We’re moving in the right direction. Today was another step towards finding our groove.”
Ohio State started the meet on vault with a 48.900. Sydney Jennings posted a 9.900 to tie her career high. Her score also tied for first place on the apparatus.
Jenna Swartzentruber scored a 9.925 on uneven bars, earning a new career high in the event. Olivia Aepli also had a 9.925, tying Swartzentruber for first place.
Alexis Hankins earned a new career high to come in first with a 9.900 on balance beam. Swartzentruber and Danica Abanto tied for third place behind a 9.800.
The Buckeyes closed out the meet on floor exercise. Claire Gagliardi placed first thanks to a career-high 9.925, while Abanto claimed second with a score of 9.850. Gagliardi was also named the team’s MVP.
Ohio State continues Big Ten action when it hosts No. 7 Minnesota next week at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.