March 23, 2019

No. 23 Buckeyes Finish on Top in First Session at Big Ten’s


Session I Results

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Down its team co-captain and First Team All-Big Ten selection, the No. 23 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team took first place in the opening session of the Big Ten Championships on Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall, scoring a 195.775. After both sessions, the Buckeyes took seventh overall.

Ohio State had four make the All-Championships team: junior Olivia Aepli, sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber, sophomore Danica Abanto and senior Janelle McClelland.

The Buckeyes started on floor exercise, led by sophomore Danica Abanto and senior Janelle McClelland who both scored a 9.900. The score is Abanto’s career-high and McClelland’s third 9.900 of the season, good for first in the session. The squad finished with an overall rotation score of 49.150.

On vault, the Buckeyes went for a sweep with junior Olivia Aepli taking first by posting a score of 9.850. Abanto followed in second with a career-high 9.825 and sophomore Morgan Lowe rounded out the sweep with a 9.800 for third. The team scored a 48.800 for the rotation.

With a bars score of 48.950, Ohio State had two individuals tie for third. Aepli and sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber both added a 9.825 for the finish.

The Buckeyes closed out the meet on beam, pulling out a 48.925 for the win. Swartzentruber led Ohio State yet again with a 9.850 for first in the session, while freshmen Kaitlyn Gilson and Miriam Perez were clutch with 9.825s, tying for second.

Abanto claimed third in the all-around at 39.100, a new career-high.

After two sessions, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team finished in seventh with its score of 195.775. Aepli tied for fourth on vault, Swartzentruber tied for 10th on beam and Abanto and McClelland finished tied for fourth on floor. Abanto was 11th in the all-around as well.

Aepli, Swartzentruber, Abanto and McClelland were named to the Big Ten All-Championship Team.

The NCAA Regional selection show will be Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. ET on, when Ohio State will find out what’s next for the team.