COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team hosts Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday and Kentucky at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Arena. Sunday will be the Buckeyes’ pink meet in support of breast cancer awareness. Fans also will be able to register to win an iPad.
The Buckeyes come into the meet with an average team score of 194.958 while Michigan State averages 192.042 and Kentucky sits at 194.045.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes recorded a season high for the fourth-consecutive week, edging West Virginia 195.600-195.100 Feb. 12 at St. John Arena.
Ohio State posted an event season-high 49.175 on vault while Melanie Shaffer took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325. She set career highs to take first on vault (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875) and Colleen Dean tied for first on uneven bars and second on floor while tying a career-high 39.225 in the all-around for a second place finish.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked 14th nationally and second in the Big Ten with an average team score of 194.958. The Buckeyes rank in the Top 25 in vault (15th, 48.913), beam (9th, 48.696), floor (20th, 48.746) and uneven bars (25th, 48.608).
Melanie Shaffer is tied for 16th nationally with an average all-around score of 39.200 while Colleen Dean is tied for 29th in the all-around at 39.000. Sarah Miller is tied for 27th with an average floor score of 9.829.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Led by 21st-year head coach Kathie Klages, Michigan State enters the weekend with an average team score of 192.042. The Spartans are 0-4 in dual meets this season but are coming off a team season-high 193.425 last weekend. Sophomore Teike Shanthi leads Michigan State with an average all-around score of 38.230.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with the Spartans, 18-29.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Led by assistant coaches Chuck Dickerson and Heather Hite, Kentucky enters the weekend with an average team score of 194.045. The Wildcats have a tri-meet victory over Illinois and Northern Illinois earlier this season. Senior Andrea Mitchell has posted an average all-around score of 39.005 while Mitchell, Jasmine Minion and Phylicia Reshard average 9.830 on floor exercise for Kentucky.
Ohio State holds a 12-6 lead in the all-time series with the Wildcats.
SHAFFER PICKS UP SECOND FOW
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 14. It is the second Freshman of the Week award for the Pittsburgh, Pa., native and the fifth for a Buckeye this season. Shaffer took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325 while setting career highs to take first on vault (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875) as the No. 15 Buckeyes set a team season best in a 195.600-195.100 win Saturday against West Virginia.
MILLER EARNS THIRD BIG TEN FOW
Sarah Miller earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced Feb. 7. A Buckeye has won the award each of the last three weeks and four of the five weeks this season. Miller posted three Top 3 finishes as the Buckeyes set a team season high score of 195.575 Feb. 4 at Denver. She recorded a career-high 9.900 on the balance beam to take first place while tying for third on floor exercise (9.800) and vault (9.875) in the Buckeyes’ narrow loss to the Pioneers.
SHAFFER NAMED TOP FRESHMAN
Melanie Shaffer was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 after setting career highs on beam and floor while tying her career best on vault en route to a pair of event wins as the Buckeyes posted a season-high team score of 195.450 against Bowling Green and Western Michigan.
Shaffer won vault with a score of 9.825, tying her career-best set Jan. 22 against Illinois, and floor with a career-high 9.850. The freshman also set her career high on beam with a 9.800 to tie for third.
MILLER AGAIN NAMED TOP ROOKIE
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Jan. 24.
Miller placed first on balance beam and floor exercise in the Buckeyes’ tie against Illinois Jan. 22. The freshman tied her career-high with a 9.875 on beam and set a career best with a 9.925 on floor. Miller also tied for third with a 9.825 on vault.
MILLER EARNS BIG TEN AWARD
Sarah Miller earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after helping the Buckeyes upset No. 23 Minnesota, the conference office announced Jan. 10. The award marked the first such honor for an Ohio State gymnast.
Miller, from Collegeville, Pa., took the event title on beam with a score of 9.875 while tying for second on vault at 9.800 and third on floor exercise at 9.750. The 9.875 beam score ranked third nationally over the first week of competition.
Ohio State travels to University Park, Pa., to face Penn State at 1 p.m. Feb. 26. The meet will be televised live on Big Ten Network.