Buckeyes upset Nittany Lions in co-ed meet with men’s team

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Winning three out of four events, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team defeated No. 14 Penn State, 194.950-193.850, Saturday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes were backed by eight season highs and three career bests en route to their third win in Columbus.

Although Ohio State was going up against a Penn State squad that entered the meet undefeated in dual competition (3-0), the Buckeyes never trailed during the afternoon. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray held an average lead of .15 after three rotations, which included a .925 advantage following the first rotation. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray improves to 3-6 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Sophomore Casey Williamson recorded a career high 39.075 in the all-around and senior Hillary Dow notched a 2010 best 39.050 in all combined events.

The Buckeyes began the upset of the Nittany Lions with a 49.000 on vault. Sophomore Nicole Krauter posted a career high 9.8 on the apparatus, while Williamson recorded a season-high 9.825. Junior Rebecca Best’s 9.825 served as her all-time high (tie).

Up next on the uneven bars, the 9.750 earned by Dow was good enough for a season high to help Ohio State earn a 48.500 on the event and take a 97.500-97.350 lead.

Ohio State’s combined effort on the balance beam was worth 48.625 points, which tied the season best previously recorded last week in a home contest vs. Illinois-Chicago. Williamson led the charge with another career record (9.775), while Dow’s 9.800 paced her top score of the season.

Owning a 146.125-145.975 lead entering the fourth and final rotation, the Buckeyes posted three consecutive season bests on floor to solidify their win. Williamson once again began the trend with her 9.775, followed by Krauter’s 9.800. Senior Kristin Perchatsch tied her season best with a 9.725.

Ohio State is back in action at 2 p.m. March 6 against Illinois in Champaign. The Buckeyes and Illini meet will be televised on tape delay by the Big Ten Network. The Scarlet and Gray’s next home dual in St. John Arena is at 4 p.m. March 13 vs. Auburn.