COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team finishes the regular season as it started it, on the road. The Buckeyes travel to Morgantown, W. Va., for a quad meet against the Mountaineers as well as NC State and No. 24 Penn State on Sunday, March 17. The meet is set for 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on WVUsports.com.
Ohio State has met all three teams once already in meets this season, posting wins against each.
|No. 22 Ohio State (7-7) vs. West Virginia, NC State, Penn State|
|Date:||March 16, 2019|
|Time:||2 p.m. ET|
|Venue:||WVU Coliseum -- Morgantown, W. Va.|
|Meet Notes:||Ohio State|
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State finished out its history of calling St. John Arena home with a win against Bowling Green on Saturday, March 9, 195.875-194.875.
Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber earned a win on the uneven bars, tying her season-high at 9.900. On floor exercise, sophomore Danica Abanto won her first career title by tying her career-high of 9.875.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
The Mountaineers’ regional qualifying score is 195.635, slotting them at No. 28 in the nation. The team is No. 13 on floor, with a season-high of 49.500 and an RQS of 49.240. WVU also ranks No. 23 on vault (48.970 RQS).
Kirah Koshinski is a standout on the team, notching a 9.950 on the vault and 9.975 on floor this season as an all-arounder. Her floor average is 9.905 and she is 17th overall in the nation on the apparatus.
SCOUTING NC STATE
The Wolfpack is No. 27 in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 195.715, hitting a season-high of 196.400 against Pitt on Feb. 9. The team’s best apparatus is beam, with an RQS of 48.940.
Drew Grantham leads the team with season-highs on all events except the uneven bars. Lauren Kent is the team’s highest averaging all-arounder at 38.962.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State is No. 24 in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 195.900 and is No. 13 on the uneven bars with an RQS of 49.200.
Lauren Bridgens scored a season-high in the all-around of 39.525 against Minnesota on Jan. 26, and owns an average of 39.172. Her RQS of 39.255 is No. 20 in the nation.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
OSU spends its 10th consecutive week in the Road to Nationals Top 25, currently slotted at No. 22. OSU has been ranked as high as No. 14, the highest ranking for the team since 2013. The squad is currently the fourth-highest ranked team in the Big Ten.
Other Big Ten teams in the Top 25 include No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 18 Nebraska and No. 24 Penn State.
BRINGING IT ON BEAM
Ohio State’s score of 49.350 on beam against West Virginia and Temple on March 2 was a season-high, and it also tied for the fourth-highest beam score in program history.
Stone posted a team-high and tied her career-high to win the event with a 9.925, followed by freshman Colby Miller in second, who scored a 9.900 in her first time in the beam lineup as a Buckeye. Swartzentruber made it a Buckeye sweep, registering a season-high of 9.875 and sophomore Morgan Lowe tied her career-high of 9.850. Junior Olivia Aepli rounded out the effort leading to a season-high, adding a 9.800.
The Buckeyes are 17th in the nation on uneven bars, with a regional qualifying score of 49.150 and their team-high coming against Iowa (Feb. 2) at 49.300. That score is tied for fifth-highest all-time in Ohio State history.
The team has scored a 49.000 or higher in nine consecutive meets, making it OSU’s most consistent event. The next highest ranking comes on beam at No. 24, with the team averaging 48.733.
Eight different gymnasts are currently averaging at least 9.800 in one event, led by sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber with a 9.857 average on bars. Freshman Colby Miller is averaging a 9.862 on beam in two appearances on the event.
For the first time in program history, the Buckeyes posted three consecutive all-around scores of 196 on the road from Jan. 12-27, against NC State, Penn State and Michigan State. The last time Ohio State scored 196 or higher in three straight meets was the 2012 season. The squad also beats the previous-best road streak of 196, 195 and 196 that was set in 2002.
ROOKIES ARE RIGHT AT HOME
All five Ohio State freshmen have appeared in the lineup so far this season as event specialists: Claire Gagliardi (floor, bars), Kaitlyn Gilson (beam), Sydney Jennings (vault), Colby Miller (bars) and Miriam Perez (beam, floor).
Gagliardi started off as a clutch addition to the floor and rotation, averaging a 9.817 and appearing on the podium against NC State by claiming third. She has now become a staple in the uneven bars lineup, winning her first event title as a Buckeye on Feb. 16, posting a 9.900.
Miller scored a team-high on bars in the first meet of the season with a 9.800 and improved to a 9.875 vs. Iowa, tying for first overall. She recently made her first appearance on the beam, posting an impressive 9.900 for second overall.
Gilson saw a career-high against Penn State with a 9.800 on beam. Perez’s first time out was on Jan. 27 against Michigan State when she scored a 9.800, finishing sixth overall. She debuted on beam on Feb. 8, tying for first with a score of 9.850 against Maryland.
Miller was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 5) after her career-high against Iowa on uneven bars, claiming the first laurels of the season for Ohio State and the first weekly honor during Coach Paulicivic’s tenure at OSU.
Miller is averaging a 9.825 on bars this season and has scored a 9.8 or higher in five consecutive meets. The second-highest ranked freshman out of Big Ten gymnasts on the uneven bars, Miller is 13th overall in the conference and 56th in the nation.
Ohio State competes for a conference title at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 23, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa.