COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team closed the book on both its history in St. John Arena and the 2019 home season on Saturday night, sending out seniors Amanda Huang, Janelle McClelland and Jamie Stone with a win over Bowling Green, 195.875-194.875.
“The seniors have been great,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “They have been really helpful to me with turning the culture of this program around. They’ve been great leaders in and out of the gym. I couldn’t have done it without last year’s seniors and this year’s seniors believing in my vision for the program, having my back, sticking to the plan. I’m super appreciative of the support that I’ve gotten from this class. They will be missed. They’re all great kids.”
The team started out with a 48.925 on vault, highlighted by a 9.800 for both freshman Sydney Jennings and sophomore Morgan Lowe. The pair tied for second overall at the meet.
OSU notched a 49.125 on bars, continuing the consistency on the apparatus the team has showcased throughout the season. Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber shined with a 9.900 to take first overall, followed by sophomore Danica Abanto in second with a 9.825, both tying their season highs. Stone, junior Olivia Aepli and junior Peyton Hinterberger each scored a 9.800 to tie for third and make it a convincing Buckeye sweep on bars.
The Buckeyes totaled a 49.050 on beam, led by a 9.850 from Swartzentruber for second overall. Lowe and freshman Colby Miller registered scores of 9.825 to tie for third.
Abanto won the floor title, marking her first event win of the season and tying her career-high of 9.875. McClelland posted a 9.850 to tie for second.
“I’d still like to get a couple people back on floor, but that may not be the reality. The reality is that the people that are out there can do their routines,” Paulicivic noted. “They’ve got to just settle down. When they’re pumped up because we’ve got a good one going, they’ve just got to go out there and do their job. We have to think about that and figure out what we need to do over the next couple weeks to get the floor team to do their job a bit better, because everywhere else it’s working out great.”
Stone finished second in the all-around with a score of 39.025, followed by Aepli in third at 38.300.
Next weekend, Ohio State finishes the regular season at West Virginia for a quad against the Mountaineers along with NC State and Penn State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.
“I’m excited because we’re starting on beam, which we haven’t yet and that’s good practice because we don’t know where we’ll be starting at regionals,” Paulicivic said. “To be able to go there and start on a different event will be a huge test for this young team. I think they’re up for the task. From here on out, there’s no more alternating, and we’ve just got get into this mode and get going.”