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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics rallied in the final rotation of the meet to earn a 196.025-195.750 win over Rutgers Sunday night at the Covelli Center. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-2 on the year and 2-0 against Big Ten opponents.
“I am happy with the way the floor team came back and stepped up,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “Ahead of the rotation I told the team that we were still in it, but we would have to fight for every last tenth, so I am really happy and proud to see the team come through big time.”
- Ohio State opened the day with a season-high 49.025 on vault. Freshman Jenna Hlavach led the way with a career-high 9.875 for the Buckeyes to finish third overall. Kaitlyn Grimes matched her career-high on the apparatus, scoring a 9.725.
- The team continued to improve on its season scores with a 49.250 on uneven bars. For the second week in a row, Nicole Riccardi scored a 9.900 for the Buckeyes to win the event and tie her career high. Lexi Edwards also tied her career high with a score of 9.825 while Zoe Schweitzer (9.825) and Alexis Hankins (9.800) set season-highs on the apparatus. In an exhibition, Kaitlyn Grimes scored a career-high 9.600.
- Stephanie Berger led the Buckeyes on beam with a career-high 9.875 routine to finish second overall. Alexis Hankins set a season-high score of 9.850 to finish second for the team. The Buckeyes finished the rotation with a score of 48. 300.
- Ohio State won the meet on the floor exercise, scoring a season-high 49.450 with three gymnasts posting 9.900 or higher scores. Edwards and Hlavach tied for first with a score of 9.925. Hlavach’s performance ties her career high and is her third floor title on the year while Edwards set a career-high mark and earned her first floor title and third event title of the season with her routine on Sunday. Claire Gagliardi tied for third overall with a season-high 9.900 score. Leading off the Buckeyes in the rotation was Savannah Gonzalez, who hit a career-high 9.825 for her team. Hankins recorded a 9.875, a season-best for the junior.
- Ohio State won the uneven bars and floor event titles for the first time this season.
Ohio State hits the road for its next meet, facing Nebraska on Monday, Feb. 7 in Lincoln, Neb. Fans can catch the Buckeyes on national television against the Huskers, with Big Ten Network broadcasting the team’s meet for the second straight week.