COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team suffered its first conference loss of the season, dropping to Maryland on Friday night at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. The Buckeyes (4-2, 3-1 B1G) started out strong, registering a 49.150 on the uneven bars and a season-high 49.025 on vault. The team was forced to count falls on both floor and beam, and ended the night with an all-around score of 194.250. Maryland (5-2, 2-1) recorded a season-high score of 195.950.
Ohio State hit its fifth-consecutive mark of 49.000 or higher on uneven bars to start off the meet strong, posting a 49.150. Olivia Aepli led all gymnasts with a season-high of 9.900, her first time cracking that threshold this season. Peyton Hinterberger added a 9.850, Jenna Swartzentruber posted a 9.825 and Danica Abanto registered a 9.800 in her first time out on bars.
The Buckeyes secured a season-high on vault, totaling a 49.025 as a squad. Aepli again won the event, posting a season-high of 9.875. Jamie Stone tied for second at 9.825. Sydney Jennings, Morgan Lowe and Danica Abanto each added a 9.775.
Janelle McClelland scored a 9.900 on floor exercise for the second-straight meet, winning the title. Abanto tied her career-high with a 9.850, tying for third. As a squad, the Buckeyes posted a 47.525.
Miriam Perez’s first time in the beam lineup was a solid debut as she tied for first at 9.850. Lowe and Stone tied for third, each finishing with a 9.825. The Scarlet and Gray registered a 48.550 on beam, but it wasn’t enough to outscore the Terrapins.
The Buckeyes return home to the friendly confines of St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio for a dual meet against Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. The meet will be live on BTN Plus.