COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 17th-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to University Park to take on Penn State at 1 p.m. Saturday. The meet will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes come into the meet with an average team score of 195.055 while Penn State averages 195.300.
LAST TIME OUT
After defeating Michigan State Feb. 18, the Buckeyes posted another season high in a 195.825-195.050 win over Kentucky Feb. 20 at St. John Arena.
Ohio State posted an event season-high 49.250 on floor exercise while Colleen Dean took first in the all-around with a career-high 39.325. Sarah Miller tied her career-high 9.925 on floor exercise to take first in the event. Nicole Krauter set a season-high 9.850 to tie Rebecca Best for first on beam.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week ranked 17th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten with an average team score of 195.055. The Buckeyes rank in the Top 25 in vault (18th, 48.900), beam (9th, 48.675), floor (15th, 48.835) and uneven bars (22nd, 48.665).
Colleen Dean ranks 16th nationally with an all-around RQS of 38.995. Sarah Miller is tied for 21st with a floor RQS of 9.835 while Nicole Krauter is tied for 24th on balance beam at 9.805.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Led by first-year head coach Jeff Thompson, Penn State enters the weekend with an average team score of 195.300. The Nittany Lions are 2-1 in dual meets this season, have a pair of quad meet wins and are coming off a season-best 196.600 last weekend. Sophomore Sharaya Musser is third nationally with an all-around RQS of 39.310 and first with a beam RQS of 9.875. Her 9.895 vault RQS ranks third nationally.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with the Nittany Lions, 17-27-1.
MILLER PICKS UP FOURTH FOW
Sarah Miller was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21. It is the fourth Freshman of the Week award for the Collegeville, Pa., native and the sixth for a Buckeye this season. After tying for first with a 9.800 on vault and second with a 9.750 on beam in a win Feb. 18 against Michigan State, Miller tied her career high with a 9.925 on floor while the Buckeyes set a team season-high 195.825 in a win over Kentucky Feb. 20.
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 Norman, Okla., for a quad meet with the Sooners, Illinois and Texas Women’s University March 4 at 8 p.m.