March 1, 2018

No. 21 Ohio State Travels to No. 9 Kentucky Friday


March 1, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to No. 9 Kentucky for a 7 p.m. ET head-to-head matchup Friday. A live stream of the meet will be available on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.   


The Buckeyes (9-3) extended their win streak to five meets with a 196.125 win over Bowling Green (195.400) and No. 24 Central Michigan (195.375) Sunday for the first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Ohio State matched its season high, 49.325, on uneven bars. Alexis Mattern tied for the uneven bars title with a career-high 9.900 while Morgan Lowe (9.850) and Stefanie Merkle (9.875) placed second on vault and floor exercise, respectively.


Kentucky (6-4) tied its second-highest score in program history on a 197.100-195.125 triumph over No. 20 Missouri last Friday. Kentucky’s 49.400 that it finished with on the floor was the season high. Alex Hyland won the all-around as the only competitor for UK with a 39.575.


With the release of the first Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS), Ohio State is ranked No. 21 with a team RQS of 195.840. The Buckeyes average a 195.513 and is the third-best team in the Big Ten behind No. 7 Michigan and No. 16 Nebraska. Based on the RQS, Ohio State sits in the top-25 on three apparatuses, with its best coming on floor exercise. The Buckeyes are No. 15 in the nation on floor at 49.175 and checks in at No. 17 on bars with a 49.070. OSU is the 24th-ranked team on vault (48.995).


In OSU’s home opener, Kaitlyn Hofland nailed her routine on uneven bars to tie her career high on a 9.925 for the fourth-best mark in the country. Jamie Stone (9.950) and Brooke Chesney (9.925) both put up career highs floor exercise. Stone ranks fourth in the Big Ten on floor (9.850). On vault, Olivia Aepli stands fourth with a 9.844 average.


The Buckeyes truly shined when they stepped into St. John Arena for their home opener on Jan. 27. The squad won three events in stellar fashion as Ohio State’s 49.325 on uneven bars tied the top score in program history, recorded on Feb. 25, 2012 against Penn State. The team score of 196.775 is the sixth-highest total in OSU history.


There is only one opportunity left to see your Buckeyes in St. John Arena this season. Ohio State will have its final home meet on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. ET. Single-meet tickets are also on sale at $8 for adults and $5 for students, youths and seniors (62+). Youth under the age of 6 are free. For more information on Ohio State women’s gymnastics tickets, visit


Ohio State returns to St. John Arena to host N.C. State and Central Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. ET. The tri-meet will serve as Senior Day for the Buckeyes.