March 11, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted its second-highest score of the season with a 196.525 to finish second in a tri-meet against No. 24 N.C. State and Central Michigan on Senior Day. The Wolfpack came in first (196.800) while the Chippewas were third (195.175).
“This meet was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “They didn’t come out with their usual spark or fire. We came out in the second half and rallied to really fight for this thing. We finally hit a beam set, which is what I see in the gym every day. I’m really excited about that because I feel like going down the stretch they know they can do it. The whole fight of the second half is really beneficial to this young team as we head into the postseason.”
Ohio State claimed event titles on balance beam (49.350) and floor exercise (49.400) while taking second on vault (48.975) and third on uneven bars (48.800). The team’s 196.525 tied for the ninth-highest score in program history. It was the fourth time that the Buckeyes scored higher than 196 this season.
Next up, the squad moved to uneven bars. Mattern tied her career mark with a 9.900 and Kaitlyn Hofland also earned a 9.900 for the duo to share first.
Ohio State had some of its top performances on balance beam during the third rotation. Stone and Jenna Swartzentruber tied for first place as they each posted a career high 9.925. As a team, the Buckeyes scored a 49.350 on the apparatus, the highest total this season.
Stone took to the podium for a third time after receiving a 9.925 on floor exercise to win the event. Mattern, Merkle and Janelle McClelland found themselves in a three-way tie for fourth as they all scored 9.875.
Mattern was named Ohio State’s MVP and checked in second in the all-around with a 39.250.
The Buckeyes will wrap up the regular season at the Big Five Meet, hosted by Michigan State. Ohio State will challenge the Spartans, Illinois, Nebraska and Maryland on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.