Jan. 29, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted their best performance of the season, with a season-high score of 194.775, to place second in a tri-meet against No. 11 Oklahoma and Illinois State Jan. 29, in St. John Arena. Illinois State finished the evening with a score of 188.625 to finish third, while Oklahoma claimed the event with a score of 195.900.

Overall, the Buckeyes finished first on beam with a score of 49.125 and placed second on vault (48.800), bars (48.550) and floor (48.300).

“We are improving week after week,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “But we still aren’t where we want to be. We will continue to make the necessary changes to our lineup to find what mixes right, but I think we are on the right track.”

Senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio) and junior Kaylin Schelcht (Marion, Ohio) provided the scoring spark for the Buckeye rotation. Schlecht placed first on bars with a career-high score of 9.900 and finished fourth on beam with a mark of 9.825. Meaney finished first on beam for the third consecutive meet, tying a career-high with a 9.950. Meaney also finished fourth-place on floor with a tally of 9.825.

Freshman Karley Walek (Pequannock, N.J.) continued her success competing as an all-arounder for the second consecutive week. Walek placed third in the all-around, with a career-high score of 39.100. She also finished the event with second-place finishes on floor (9.850) and vault (9.825).

Ohio State returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to meet the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Ky. Following the meet with Kentucky, the Buckeyes return home to square off with Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

## GO BUCKS! ##