COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team triumphed on Saturday night against No. 24 West Virginia and Temple, hitting season-highs on all four events and registering a score of 196.850, both a season-best and a tie for the fourth-highest score in program history. Senior Jamie Stone won the all-around behind a career-high of 39.500, and the Buckeyes totaled an impressive 49.350 on beam. West Virginia finished second with an all-around score of 196.100, and Temple was third at 194.000.
“We had to come back from last week and re-group,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “This is a lot more indicative of the gymnastics we see in the gym, so that’s good. This is a great building block. We’re still getting some people back into some lineups, which will be great, and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling through the end of the season; it wasn’t so much for me tonight as I really wanted this team to hit because that is what they can do. I wanted it for them, so I’m happy for them.”
Ohio State started strong on vault, led by a career high and team high for the season from freshman Sydney Jennings at 9.900 to anchor the squad. Jennings took first overall, winning her first event title as a Buckeye. Junior Olivia Aepli added a 9.825, tying for third, and Stone posted a 9.800. The team score of 49.050 was a season best as well.
The trend continued on bars, as the team registered a season high of 49.225. Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber and freshman Claire Gagliardi both scored team highs of 9.875 to tie for first, while sophomore Peyton Hinterberger totaled a 9.850, taking third.
On beam, Ohio State came up with a huge score of 49.350, another season best, and swept the podium. Stone tied her career high on beam, leading the team with a 9.925 and taking first overall. Freshman Colby Miller anchored the rotation with a 9.900 in just her first time in the beam lineup, placing second. Swartzentruber finished third with a 9.875 and sophomore Morgan Lowe was fourth with a 9.850, tying her career best.
“Good for the freshmen to hit those scores. I said at the beginning of the year, they’re not doing the all-around yet but they’re a crucial piece to our puzzle because what they do, they do very well. That was huge tonight for them and for their confidence.”
Stone tied another career high on floor, highlighting the lineup with a 9.950 for first place. The squad combined for a 49.225, the best score of the season. Stone added an all-around title to her list of accolades with a career-high 39.500. Aepli was third at 39.200.
“I feel like [the all-arounders] are finally getting their heads in the right place of doing their job for their team and letting the rest take care of itself. We’re a young team, we’re going to be up and down, but I definitely feel like we’re moving in the right direction now as the season is progressing.”
Ohio State closes out the home slate against Bowling Green on Saturday, March 9 at 4 p.m. for Senior Night.