COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team tied a school record on floor exercise, but it wasn’t enough to overcome several falls on balance beam and uneven bars as the Buckeyes dropped a 196.175-193.575 decision to No. 11 Michigan Saturday night in St. John Arena.
Ohio State (0-4, 0-1 Big Ten) scored 49.45 on floor to tie the school record, set April 1, 2000, at the NCAA Region 4 Championships. Jill Tucker (Sr., Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Western Reserve Gymnastics) and Sarah Spring (Jr., Burke, Va./Capital Gymnastics) led the charge, as each scored a career-best 9.95 to tie the individual school record. The mark now has been set eight times. Tucker has tied the mark twice, with her other 9.95 coming last season vs. West Virginia.
All five scoring Buckeyes on floor notched at least a 9.8. Despite the record, Spring and Tucker settled for second place as Michigan’s Calli Ryals scored a perfect 10.0 to claim the floor crown. It was typical of the entire night, as the Wolverines (4-2, 2-0) were solid throughout en route to a season-high team score, bettering their previous best effort by more than a point.
Ohio State struggled on balance beam and uneven bars, as the Buckeyes counted two falls on beam and one on bars. Spring provided the Buckeyes with a Top-3 finish on uneven bars, tallying 9.85 – an OSU season high – to tie for runner-up laurels.
Laura Sommerville (Fr., Algonquin, Ill./Crystal Lake Gymnastics) took runner-up honors in the all-around (38.45).
Ohio State competed without top all-arounder Shelley Harris (Fr., East Lansing, Mich./Twistars USA), who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.
The Buckeyes return home next Saturday at 7 p.m. to battle No. 7 Minnesota.
Meet Results (Event champions plus OSU results) Team 1. Michigan 196.175 2. Ohio State 193.575
Vault (UM 48.975, OSU 48.7) 1. Melissa Peterson (UM) 9.900 Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.775 Julie Levi (OSU) 9.750 Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.750 Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.725 Sheri Greig (OSU) 9.700 Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 9.625
Uneven Bars (UM 48.925, OSU 48.2) 1. Elise Ray (UM) 9.875 T2. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.850 T2. Amy Kuczera (UM) 9.850 Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.825 Megan Porter (OSU) 9.800 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.575 Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.150 Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.100
Balance Beam (UM 49.075, OSU 47.225) 1. Elise Ray (UM) 9.950 Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.800 Elizabeth Meaney (OSU) 9.775 Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.700 Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.325 Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 8.625 Bethany Groskopf (OSU) 8.550
Floor Exercise (OSU 49.45*, UM 49.2) 1. Calli Ryals (UM) 10.000 T2. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.950* T2. Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.950* Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.875 Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.875 Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 9.800 Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.725
All-Around 1. Calli Ryals (UM) 39.525 2. Laura Sommerville (OSU) 38.450
*ties school record