COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team scored a 196.000 to finish second at its quad meet on Sunday inside the Covelli Center. Michigan won the meet with a 198.025 while Penn State placed third (195.250) and Rutgers came in fourth (194.800).
“It was great being back home in Covelli after spending so much time on the road,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “It was a competitive meet with awesome energy. We had some strong performances but there’s still some fine-tuning that we need to do in the gym.”
Ohio State honored its four seniors – Kali Schierl, Brooke Chesney, Morgan Lowe and Jenna Swartzentruber – following the meet.
“The senior night recognition was amazing, definitely the highlight of the meet,” said Paulicivic. “Our seniors did great and finished their last routines in Covelli on a high note. They’ve given us four amazing years so it was good to celebrate them and have their families here.”
The Buckeyes started the competition on vault, recording a score of 48.900. Morgan Lowe paced the team with a 9.825, followed by Jenna Swartzentruber at 9.800.
Ohio State headed to bars next and earned a 49.150. Swartzentruber tied for second place and matched her career mark for a third time with a 9.925. Colby Miller and Alexis Hankins both scored a pair of 9.825s.
The squad passed Penn State and moved into second overall after its third rotation on beam. The Buckeyes had a team score of 49.150, the fourth time this season with a score of at least 49 on the event. Miller tied her season high and Emma Pritchard set a new personal best with a pair of 9.875s. Swartzentruber hit her season-best 9.850 for a second time.
Ohio State finished the meet on floor, registering a 48.800. Claire Gagliardi posted a 9.900, which tied for second place. Savannah Gonzalez made her Buckeye debut on the event and scored a 9.675.