Feb. 14, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high score of 39.400 by freshman Jill Weber (Bel Air, Md.) in the all-around, the No. 24 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 5 Nebraska (11-1) 195.575-196.700 in front of 1,702 fans Friday at St. John Arena. The loss puts an end to the Buckeyes four meet win streak.
“Counting a 9.1 on beam hurt us and on floor we were just a little off. Nothing drastic, but one-tenth there two-tenth’s here will hurt you. They just need to know that they’re that kind of a team now that can play with big dogs,” Larry Cox, head coach, said.
Though falling to the Huskers in all four events, the Buckeyes came closest on bars, setting a team season best score with a 49.100. Nebraska posted a 49.150 on bars. Freshman Kaylin Schlecht (Marion, Ohio) led the way for Ohio State with a 9.850 which tied her personal-best. Junior Megan Porter (Elmhurst, Ill.) and sophomore Shelley Harris (East Lansing, Mich.) also tied their career-best with scores of 9.825.
Sophomore Elizabeth Meaney (Asthabula, Ohio) had a career-night on beam posting a personal-high 9.950. In addition, Schlecht and Weber had career-best performances with scores of 9.775 and 9.825, respectively.
Weber and junior Tiffanie Janke (Schaumburg, Ill.) paced the Buckeyes on vault both earning a 9.850. Meaney contributed a 9.725 while Schlecht and senior Rickee Wirtzberger (Madison, Ohio) each received a 9.675. On floor exercise, Meaney posted a 9.875 followed by a 9.825 by Weber. Janke also added a 9.775.
Ohio State will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 to take on the Panthers of Pittsburgh.