February 26, 2022

No. 16 Buckeyes Hit Record Scores in Win Over No. 10 Michigan State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday was a record day at the Covelli Center for the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team as the No. 16 Buckeyes defeated No. 10 Michigan State, 197.075-196.850. The Buckeyes’ team score tied the second-best score in program history and their performances on floor and uneven bars set program records in the events.

“This was a huge, huge night for us,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It is a big deal to get my first 197 because that is like playing with the big dogs. The team fought and they didn’t give up. Beam was a little rough for us, but I love the fact that they got up and fought really hard. To be 7-2 in the conference headed into the Big Ten Championships is just a great confidence builder for this program. I am so happy. I can’t even find the words to describe how big of a night this was for us.”


  • Highlighting the night was the team’s program record 49.625 on floor. Five Buckeyes hit scores of 9.900 or higher. Freshman Jenna Hlavach led the way with a 9.950 to win the event. Lexi Edwards, Alexis Hankins and Claire Gagliardi tied for second with a 9.925. Hlavach and Savannah Gonzalez (9.850) reached career high marks.
  • The Buckeyes broke their first program record of the day in the second rotation, earning a score of 49.350 on uneven bars. Senior Colby Miller earned the event title with a 9.925 to tie her personal best. Stephanie Berger and Nicole Riccardi tied for second with a score of 9.900. Berger, Hlavach (9.825) and Edwards (9.850) hit career bests for Ohio State.
  • Ohio State started the day on vault, earned a season-high 49.225. Sydney Jennings tied for third with a career high tying 9.900 on the apparatus. Hlavach followed in second, tying her career-best 9.875. Nicole Riccardi took fourth overall, besting her season high with a rating of 9.850. Kaitlyn Grimes also matched her career-high with a score of 9.800.
  • Berger, a freshman, tied for first on beam with another 9.900, a career high mark. Hankins (9.825) took second while Miller and Jojo Warga earned 9.800s as the Buckeyes finished with 48.875 in the rotation.


Ohio State hosts the All-Ohio meet next week on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Covelli Center. Buckeye women’s gymnastics single meet tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets or by contacting the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS.