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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Buckeyes hit scores of at least 9.900, including freshmen Tory Vetter and Jenna Hlavach, as the team earned its first win of the season over Penn State on Saturday afternoon at the Covelli Center. Ohio State defeated the Nittany Lions by a score of 196.450-196.425.
“Obviously, we are excited for our first conference win,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “The last 24 hours have been crazy with Covid protocols, so we were grateful to be out there competing. Today was a total team effort. Every person stepped up and I am so proud of this team.”
- Senior Sydney Jennings led the way for the Buckeyes, hitting a season-best on vault with a 9.850 to tie for first. Maddy Pike set a season best as well, scoring a 9.725. Ohio State finished out the first rotation with a team score of 48.925.
- Nicole Riccardi tied for first on bars with a score of 9.900 in just her second bars routine of her career. Making her Buckeye debut was freshman Tory Vetter, who scored a 9.800 in the rotation. Stephanie Berger matched her career-best 9.850 in the meet. The Buckeyes recorded a season-high team score with a 49.150.
- Vetter took first on beam with a score of 9.900 to help set the Buckeyes up for a season-high score of 49.150. Zoe Schweitzer (9.875) and Berger (9.850) took second and third, respectively.
- Freshman Jenna Hlavach won the floor event with a career-high of 9.925. Alexis Hankins tied for second with a score of 9.900, tying her career high. The Buckeyes finished the fourth rotation with another season-high team score of 49.225.
The Buckeyes host Rutgers next Sunday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on BTN. Tickets for women’s gymnastics home meets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets or by contacting the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS.