Feb. 12, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Karley Walek claimed her first all-around crown with a score of 39.000 to propel the No. 23 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team over Pittsburgh, 195.225-191.550, Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes’ point total is their highest of the 2005 season.

Ohio State claimed every event with scores of 49.175 on both vault and floor, a 48.750 on beam and a 48.125 on bars.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We needed this type pf performance to build our confidence as we move into the last part of the season. I think we are coming along and getting better by the day, we just have to keep practicing and working hard.”

Walek (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock) finished the evening placing first on vault with a score of 9.900, fifth on floor with a mark of 9.825 and sixth on both bars (9.650) and beam (9.625). Senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood) contributed to the Buckeye rotation with a first-place finish on bars with a mark of 9.800.

Freshman Maalika Moore-Thomas (Tampa, Fla./King) and junior Brittany Brown (Wheaton, Md./God Counsel) completed the Buckeye sweep of individual crowns placing first on beam and floor. Moore-Thomas took first place on beam with a score of 9.825, while Brown placed first on floor with a score of 9.875.

Jessica Rosette (Green Cove, Fla./ Episcopal) contributed a strong performance tallying a second-place finish on beam with a score of 9.775 and a third-place 9.850 on vault, while teammate Helina Manesis (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) finished the evening with a second-place finish on bars with a tally of 9.750.

Ohio State remains home next week and will host No. 3 LSU at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in St. John Arena.

## GO BUCKS! ##