COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team continues its road journey when it heads to Columbia, Mo. for a quad-meet against No. 11 Minnesota, No. 20 Missouri and Lindenwood at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Hearnes Center.
QUOTING COACH PAULICIVIC
“I think Big Fives really prepared us for this week’s meet, so hopefully we can keep that momentum going from here on out. Right now, it’s about us just going out and doing our job. I think if we do that, we’ll hang with everyone that’s there.”
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
No. 20 Missouri (2-9, 0-6 SEC) is looking to bounce back from a 197.025-196.850 loss to No. 6 LSU last weekend. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 15 nationally on vault, balance beam and floor exercise while coming in at No. 21 on uneven bars. Helen Hu is fifth in the country on balance beam behind an average of 9.975 and 12th nationally on uneven bars (9.950). Morgan Porter stands at No. 16 on floor exercise with a 9.925 average. Ohio State leads the all-time series against Missouri, 5-3.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
No. 11 Minnesota (10-2, 8-1 B1G) placed second at the Big Five meet last weekend thanks to a score of 196.650. The Gophers are ranked fourth on balance beam, 10th on uneven bars, 13th on vault and 19th on floor exercise. Individually, Lexy Ramler comes in at No. 7 on uneven bars behind an average of 9.907. Ramler also averages a 9.868 on balance beam to lead the country. Minnesota holds an 19-10-1 advantage in the all-time series with Ohio State.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Lindenwood (6-11) is coming off of a 195.075-189.725 win over the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Friday’s meet will be the second time the Lions and Tigers have faced off this season, having battled at the Mardi Gras Invitational on Feb. 14.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes (6-5, 4-5 B1G) placed third in the Big Five meet last week, posting a season high score of 196.475. Ohio State scored above a 49.000 on every apparatus and earned five individual medals. Head coach Meredith Paulicivic was awarded the Destination Toledo Coaches’ Award for the competition. On vault, Sydney Jennings tied her career high with a 9.900 to place second. Jenna Swartzentruber paced the team on uneven bars with a second-place finish thanks to a score of 9.900. Olivia Aepli tied for third with a 9.875.
While at Big Fives, the Buckeyes scored a season-high 49.150 on balance beam to win the event. Ella Hodges was named the champion on balance beam after scoring a 9.925, which matched her career mark. Claire Gagliardi earned gold on floor exercise behind a 9.900.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
As a team, Ohio State is currently ranked 14th on uneven bars, averaging a 49.114 in the event. The Buckeyes also check in at No. 24 on floor exercise behind a 49.043.
Ohio State travels to Tucson, Ariz. for a tri-meet against Arizona and Bridgeport at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.
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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