ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 16 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team placed third with a 195.350 at NCAA Regionals Saturday evening at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan won the meet with a team score of 197.075. Kent State came in second to edge the Buckeyes for a trip to NCAA Nationals by tallying a 195.450.
Ohio State drew a bye for the first rotation and competed on floor in the second rotation. The team was led by junior Taylor Jones and freshman Melanie Shaffer with a pair of 9.775s. Freshman Alex DeLuca and sophomore Colleen Dean followed with a pair of 9.750s to round out a 48.650 team score.
Moving on to vault, Shaffer again led the team with a 9.825 to tie for eighth place. Coming right behind her was freshman Sarah Miller, tying for 10th place with a 9.800. Three 9.775s from senior co-captain Rebecca Best, junior co-captain Nicole Krauter and Jones helped the Buckeyes post a team score of 48.850 to finish second.
Ohio State had a break with another bye in the third rotation before traveling to bars in the fourth rotation. Best posted the highest score for the team with a 9.825, tying for seventh place. Senior Casey Williamson had a 9.750 for 17th place while Jones had a 9.250 to help record a team score of 48.975.
Ohio State ended on beam, winning the event with a score of 49.100. With a new career high, Best posted a 9.900 to win the event title and qualify for Nationals. Taking Best’s lead were Dean and Krauter, earning a 9.850 to place fourth and 9.250 to earn eighth place, respectively.
With the strong performance on beam, Best will represent the Buckeyes on the event at the NCAA National Championships April 15-17 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.