COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Jamie Stone won her second all-around of the season, and her career, against the No. 17 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday evening at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (4-3, 3-2 B1G) posted a total team score of 195.750, but the No. 17 Huskers (4-3, 3-2 B1G) scored a 196.400 to take the win.
“They’re training really well, but they’re competing really average,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “There were some very good highlights, and the people that are coming back are doing their job. We’re having a mid-season funk with some of the veterans that need to pick it up and do their job. Kudos to the freshmen and the sophomores coming back really strong. At this point in the year, it’s me trying to figure out what the strongest lineup is going to be at Big Tens and at Regionals and trying to jostle it between now and then to make that happen.”
Senior Janelle McClelland started things off on vault with a solid 9.800, good for fifth overall. Stone registered a score of 9.850, tying for third. The team tallied a 48.925 through the first rotation.
Making up ground on bars, the team earned its sixth consecutive score of 49.000 or over with a 49.075. Freshman Claire Gagliardi anchored the squad with a career-high 9.900, winning the title. Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber added a score of 9.875, tying for second.
The back end of the beam lineup led the way for the Buckeyes, as the team turned in a score of 48.675. Swartzentruber appeared in the starting six for the first time since Jan. 19, finishing with a score of 9.825 to tie for second. Freshman Miriam Perez scored a 9.800 for the second consecutive meet, just the second time on beam in her young Buckeye career.
“Great to have [Jenna] back, she probably needs to move more the front, to keep the ball rolling,” Paulicivic said. “I might need to move some of the freshmen closer to the front because they’re doing their job. I might need to try some things in the lineups in the next couple weeks to try and get it figured out.”
Sophomore Brooke Chesney led off the floor lineup, her first time competing this season. Chesney gave a promising performance, scoring a 9.825. Sophomore Danica Abanto notched a career-high 9.875, finishing second out of all gymnasts. Stone completed the all-around by contributing a 9.825.
“Floor was better,” Paulicivic added. “We’re doing a better job leading off, hitting and rolling with it. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s probably the first time we’ve put out six for six that stayed on their feet. It’s getting better.”
Stone tied her career-high of 39.200 in the all-around to claim the title. Abanto improved on her previous best, finishing third with a score of 39.050.
Ohio State has a huge test coming up next weekend at the Big Five meet on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. ET in Toledo, Ohio. OSU will compete with Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Rutgers.