Buckeyes take on second conference opponent in a row on the road

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Continuing its five-meet road swing, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team will face Iowa at 8 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Network will be on hand to capture the Buckeye-Hawkeye conference dual meet which will air on a tape delayed basis at 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

The Scarlet and Gray enter the matchup with a 1-3 overall record and 0-1 Big Ten ledger, after falling to Michigan State last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

Live scoring for Ohio State’s road contest vs. Iowa can be found on the women’s gymnastics’ schedule page at or at

Set your DVR, while Ohio State takes on West Virginia at 8 p.m. Feb. 13, the Big Ten Network will be airing the Ohio State-Iowa dual meet for the first time at 7 p.m.

The Buckeye-Hawkeye dual is the first of three appearances for Ohio State on the Big Ten Network in 2010. The Ohio State at Illinois conference meet will be televised on a tape delayed basis at 7 p.m. March 13 so Buckeye fans can run home from the 4 p.m. meet vs. Auburn in St. John Arena to catch the showing.

The Big Ten Network then makes a trip to Columbus to air the 2010 Big Ten Championships LIVE at 2 p.m. March 27.

The Buckeyes returned eight gymnasts from the 2009 squad that finished ranked 17th in the GymInfo national rankings with a 195.735 RQS. However, Ohio State has lost the service of senior Beth Ann Ballard and sophomore Krissi Woodward for the season because of injury. In addition, freshmen Sarah Gillespie and Vanessa Kowis are sidelined with injuries, while classmate Lauren Ritter is slowly working her way back from a serious injury sustained her senior high school season.

The Buckeyes have been fighting their way through the first half of the year, holding a 192.331 team average to rank seventh in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s season-high team total of 194.200 came on the road vs. Pittsburgh Jan. 22.

On vault, sophomore Nicole Krauter owns the best Buckeye average with a 9.775 to rank 11th in the Big Ten. Krauter notched a season-high 9.800 on vault twice this season vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16) and Pitt (Jan. 22).  

Sophomore Casey Williamson leads Ohio State on the uneven bars with a 9.625 average to rank 22nd in the league. In the past three meets, the Mansfield, Ohio, native has scored a 9.600 or higher, including a season-best 9.700 vs. Oregon State. Senior captain Hillary Dow is 25th in the Big Ten with a 9.600 mean after hitting a 9.750 on bars to finish second on the event vs. Pitt.

On beam, three Buckeyes rank in the conference’s Top 20. Junior Rebecca Best holds 10th with a 9.737 average, freshman Colleen Dean is 13th with a 9.700 while senior Kristin Perchatsch is 19th with a 9.650. Best has scored two 9.800s on beam and has hit a 6.500 or better at all four meets in 2010.

Perchatsch owns the highest Buckeye ranking on floor with a 9.725 for 14th while Dean holds the 17th spot with a 9.712 average. Dean has been outstanding for Ohio State on floor, scoring a season-high 9.825 for her first career event win vs. Pitt after recording a 9.800 vs. Oregon State the week before.

Iowa enters the weekend with a 4-4 record. Junior Rebecca Simbhudas led the Hawkeyes with an all-around score of 39.400 last Saturday, finishing first on vault (9.850), bars (9.850), beam (9.875) and floor (9.825) to earn Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors Monday. Still, the Hawkeyes fell, 195.225-192.950, to No. 25 Illinois.

Ohio State leads the all-time series record, 7-3-1, vs. Iowa. Under head coach Carey Fagan, the Buckeyes are 2-1-1 vs. the Hawkeyes, including a 195.225-194.250 OSU victory last season in St. John Arena. In 2008, the two squads tied with matching 195.400 marks in Iowa City.

For the Ohio State women’s basketball and gymnastics team, Feb. 21 will be focused on breast cancer awareness. As the women’s gymnastics team takes on UIC in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes will get in the spirit by donning pink instead of its normal scarlet.

Join the Buckeyes in the fight against breast cancer by attending the meet and wearing pink. Admission to Ohio State home meets in St. John Arena is free of charge during the regular season.

The Scarlet and Gray are thrilled to bring the 2010 Big Ten Conference Championships to St. John Arena for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Head coach Carey Fagan is excited to host the league meet March 27 after hosting the NCAA regional championships last year.

“The regional championship was a great dress rehearsal for hosting the 2010 Big Ten Championships in Columbus,” Fagan said. “The conference championships are a big deal so I think it will attract even more attention than the regional championship did a season ago so the atmosphere will be electric.”

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The Buckeyes step back into nonconference action, traveling to West Virginia next Saturday before finishing their five-meet road swing at Kentucky (Feb. 19). Ohio State then returns to Columbus Feb. 21 to host UIC in St. John Arena for a ‘Buckeyes Go Pink’ outing.