COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team pulled off its fourth-straight win of the season against Iowa on Saturday afternoon in the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes scored a 195.000, improving to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 against conference opponents. Iowa posted a 194.775, falling to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten meets.
The Buckeyes won three individual events, and junior Olivia Aepli took first in the all-around with a score of 38.925. Ohio State set a meet record for attendance, drawing 2,151 fans to St. John Arena.
“It’s a young team, and I was waiting for some vulnerability to show through, which is what happened today,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “We’ve been training better than that. We’ve got some things to address and some things to work on before we get back out there. I thought the scoring was little tight right off the bat on vault, but we kept our energy up and bars was great. Beam started great. With Jamie [Stone] being off, it’s hard when you have a veteran captain who is off with a young team. There are some things that we need to go back and work on. Certainly not the way you want to come home to your first home meet, but hopefully a feeling that they don’t forget and that we resolve.”
Junior Olivia Aepli won the vault competition, leading the way with a score of 9.850 for a season-high. Senior Jamie Stone and sophomore Morgan Lowe tied for third with a score of 9.775. The squad finished the rotation with a 48.800.
The Buckeyes then continued upwards on bars, scoring a season-high 49.300. Sophomore Peyton Hinterberger notched a career-high 9.875, sparking the rest of the lineup. Freshman Colby Miller followed with another career-best 9.875, and sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber scored a 9.875 of her own. The trio tied for first overall.
On beam, the Buckeyes scored a 47.950. Senior Amanda Huang finished third out of all gymnasts, registering a 9.775. OSU rebounded on floor, totaling 48.950. Senior Janelle McClelland tied her career-high with a 9.900 to help lift the Buckeyes over the Hawkeyes.
Up next, Ohio State is back on the road for a meet against Maryland on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.