January 30, 2022

Ohio State Rallies to B1G Win Over Rutgers

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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.”

MEET NOTES

  • 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.

UP NEXT

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.

 

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