COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team returns to the Covelli Center to host Penn State in a Big Ten matchup at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.
The meet will celebrate Heart Health Awareness with $1 scarlet popcorn. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free glow wand. Following the competition, there will be a meet and greet with the team featuring Valentine’s Day treats.
QUOTING COACH PAULICIVIC
“We’re just continuing to build our confidence and trying to put it all together. If we can continue to get better each week, and get confident at the right time, we’ll be in a great place and we’re really excited!”
A LOOK AT THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State (3-5, 2-2 B1G) is coming off a close 195.725-195.425 loss to No. 25 Illinois last Friday. The Nittany Lions are currently 28th nationally with a regional qualifying score of 195.213. The team also checks in at No. 15 on uneven bars with a 49.092 average. Ohio State holds a 33-21-1 advantage in the all-time series with Penn State. The teams met twice last season, which included a dual meet victory for the Buckeyes.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State posted its highest score of the season with a 195.900 in a road loss to No. 8 Michigan last Sunday. On floor exercise, Claire Gagliardi recorded a 9.925 to tie for second place while Olivia Aepli tied for fourth behind a 9.900. Zoe Schweitzer and Colby Miller were locked for third place on uneven bars with a 9.850.
While visiting the Wolverines, the Buckeyes scored a season-high 195.900 on the road. Ohio State also registered a 49.225 on floor exercise for a new season high. On balance beam, the Buckeyes earned a season-high 48.800 and freshman Ella Hodges finished second behind a career-high 9.925.
IN THE RANKINGS
With five meets in the books, the Buckeyes continue to move up in the national rankings. Ohio State jumped two spots to No. 26 with a 195.260 average. The squad sits at No. 12 on uneven bars (49.130) and No. 24 on vault (48.895). Individually, sophomore Claire Gagliardi ranks 14th on floor exercise with an average score of 9.900.
Ohio State travels to Toledo, Ohio to compete in the Big Five Meet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.
GET YOUR TICKETS!
Season tickets, on sale now, include a ticket to each of the four home meets and are $40 for adults. Single-meet tickets are also on sale at $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $8 for youth and seniors. Youth under the age of 2 are free.
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