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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Riding another strong performance on the floor exercise, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team earned a team score of 196.575 to defeat both Kent State and Bowling Green on Friday night in the Covelli Center. Four Buckeyes earned individual titles as Ohio State improved to 9-4 on the year.
- After trailing through the first three rotations, Ohio State pulled out the win with a team score of 49.425 on floor to end the night. Lexi Edwards, Claire Gagliardi, Alexis Hankins and Jojo Warga scored 9.900s to all tie for second overall. Savannah Gonzalez (9.825) added the fifth score for the Buckeyes. The meet marks the second straight outing that at least four Ohio State gymnasts recorded 9.900 scores or higher.
- The team’s second-best performance came on beam as the Buckeyes finished the rotation with a score of 49.150. Hankins, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., earned the event title with a 9.900 rating to tie her career high. Sophomore Hannah Oliveros tied for second overall with a 9.875 routine. Emma Pritchard, a sophomore, tied her season-high 9.850 to take third on the team while senior Sydney Jennings (9.800) and sophomore Warga (9.725) completed the scoring for Ohio State.
- Edwards and senior Colby Miller tied for first on uneven bars, earning scores of 9.925. The score is a career high for Edwards, a junior, and marks the third time this season Miller has hit her career high 9.925 mark. Jenna Hlavach finished second on the Buckeye squad with a score of 9.850. Freshman Stephanie Berger (9.825) and sophomore Nicole Riccardi (9.550) rounded out the Ohio State scorers. Hlavach’s score is a personal best for the freshman.
- The Buckeyes started the night on vault, with Jennings earning her third title of the year in the event with a score of 9.850. Hlavach tied for third overall with a 9.800. Nicole Riccardi (9.775), Kaityln Grimes (9.750) and Raina Malas (9.750) also earned counted scores for Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes earned individual titles in three of the four events, including vault (Jennings), bars (Edwards, Miller) and beam (Hankins). The team also won the vault (48.925) and floor (49.425) titles.
Ohio State will turn around and face Kent State again on Sunday in Kent, Ohio. The Buckeyes will take on the Golden Flashes and Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. The meet can be streamed HERE.