COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite finishing the 2022 season in the second round of the NCAA Regional, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team earned a program-record regional score of 196.925 to finish third in Thursday’s evening session from Neville Arena in Auburn, Ala. Junior Lexi Edwards also tied for first overall on vault with a career-high and Ohio State season-high score of 9.950.
Ohio State started the meet on their best apparatus of the season – the uneven bars. The team continued to perform highly in the event, scoring 49.400 points overall with Edwards, junior Alexis Hankins and senior Colby Miller earning consecutive scores of 9.900. Sophomore Nicole Riccardi scored a 9.875 and freshman Jenna Hlavach earned a 9.825 to help the Buckeyes to a strong start to open the competition.
The Buckeyes continued onto beam in the second rotation, as sophomore Hannah Oliveros led the Buckeyes with a score of 9.875. Senior Sydney Jennings scored a 9.850 while both Hankins and freshman Stephanie Berger earned marks of 9.800. Sophomore Emma Pritchard added a 9.775 for the Buckeyes as the team scored 49.100 points in the rotation.
With an overall score of 49.125 on floor, the Buckeyes were tied with Denver headed into the final rotation of the night. Senior Claire Gagliardi, Edwards and Hlavach earned marks of 9.850 on floor to pace the Buckeyes. Freshman Kaitlyn Grimes added a score of 9.800 while sophomore Savannah Gonzalez and Hankins scored 9.775s.
Despite not outscoring Denver in the last rotation, Ohio State recorded a season-best score on vault with a 49.300. Edwards earned her NCAA Regional Second Round-leading 9.950 for the team record this season. Riccardi and Jennings scored 9.850s while Grimes, Hlavach and Raina Malas added 8.825s.
The Buckeyes’ final score of 196.925 is the fourth-highest score achieved in program history.
With her win on vault in the second round, Edwards awaits the results of Saturday’s Regional Final to determine if she qualifies for the NCAA Championship April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas.