January 19, 2019

Ohio State Posts 196.075 For Second Straight Win



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 17 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team collected its second consecutive win of the season with a season-high score of 196.075 against Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes improve to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 against conference opponents. The Nittany Lions (2-2, 0-1) scored a 194.850.

The Buckeyes earned six event titles overall, highlighted by three for senior Jamie Stone (vault, floor and beam) as well as one title each for junior Olivia Aepli (beam), senior Amanda Huang (beam) and senior Janelle McClelland (floor).

“They were scrappy fighters, and they just were not going to give up,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “What a team, to have some early missteps in the lineup and not give up and keep fighting. I love the fight in this team. It’s great to get a road win and a conference win.”

The Buckeyes began on uneven bars, which continues to be the best apparatus for the team this season after recording a 49.025. Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber scored a team-high for the second consecutive meet, posting a 9.850. Aepli and freshman Colby Miller each added a 9.825, and sophomore Peyton Hinterberger notched a season-best 9.800.

Stone won the vault title by registering a season-high 9.850. Aepli tied for second with a 9.800, and the Buckeyes finished the rotation with a 48.925.

On floor, McClelland and Stone kept up the consistency, tying for first with scores of 9.875. Completing a sweep for the Buckeyes, sophomore Danica Abanto scored a career-high 9.850 with a clutch floor routine in the No. 2 spot that sparked the rest of the lineup.

While there were a few mistakes throughout the meet, OSU did not get off track in any of the four rotations, something that Paulicivic has emphasized with the team early in the season.

“It’s great. They’re young and that’s something you see from a very veteran team, not a young team. The fact that they’re able to do that right now is amazing.”

The Scarlet and Gray is trending upwards on beam, finishing the meet out with a 49.125 for a season-high. Aepli, Stone and Huang all tied for first with marks of 9.850. Sophomore Morgan Lowe recorded a 9.825 and freshman Kaitlyn Gilson posted a career-high 9.800.

“The trick is finding different things to focus on each meet – finding ways to keep them motivated in the gym,” Paulicivic added. “Obviously, they’re very motivated, but we’ve just got to keep on focusing. We’re doing great but gosh, we have so much potential to score even better. I think they see that and so they’re still hungry for it, so they’re still willing to come in and continue working. They’ve got huge goals this year, and I don’t want to get in the way of that.”

Ohio State completes a four-meet road trip at Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. The meet will be live on Big Ten Network.