Kristin Perchatsch takes seventh in the all-around

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its fifth-consecutive appearance at a regional championship, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team scored a 193.875 to place fifth at the NCAA University Park Regional Saturday evening in Rec Hall on the Penn State campus.

After a trying year, complete with a bevy of injuries, the Buckeyes were relentless and improved each week to earn a spot at the regional championships.

Starting the six-team competition on beam, Ohio State tallied a 48.450 behind junior Rebecca Best’s team-high 9.775 for 15th. Freshman Colleen Dean added a 9.750 and sophomore Nicole Krauter notched a 9.700. Senior Kristin Perchatsch chipped in a 9.625 while sophomore Krissi Woodward, competing in her first meet of the season, contributed a 9.600.

Also recording a 9.775 on floor, three-time All-Big Ten honoree Best led the Buckeyes to a 48.250 on the event. Sophomore Casey Williamson bounced back from beam with a 9.725 while Perchatsch, who scored points for Ohio State on all four events, posted a 9.625.

On vault, sophomore Taylor Jones was just .025 shy of tying her career high as she scored a 9.825 and tied for 13th. Krauter, who was averaging a 9.800 on the event, turned in a 9.725 while senior Hillary Dow, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, and Williamson tied for third on the squad with a pair of 9.700s. Perchatsch came close to tying her career high, scoring a 9.625 – just .025 shy of her personal best. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a 48.575.

To conclude the regional championship and its season, Ohio State notched a 48.600 on bars, tying its fourth-best mark of the year. Perchatsch championed the squad, tying her season best with a 9.800 to finish tied for eighth at the competition. Jones added a 9.750 while Best and Dean tallied a pair of 9.700s. Williamson and Dow rounded out the Buckeye scoring with a 9.650 and 9.600, respectively.

With a 38.675, Perchatsch boasted the team’s highest all-around finish, taking seventh at the regional. Williamson and Best finished back-to-back in ninth (38.450) and 10th place (38.275), respectively.