ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Freshman Hannah Oliveros captured the first individual title of 2021 in the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team’s season opener Saturday evening at the Crisler Center. The Buckeyes came up short to No. 5 Michigan, 197.225-196.000.
Ohio State’s 196.000 is the highest score in a season opener during head coach Meredith Paulicivic’s four-year tenure.
“My heart is so full and happy for our team right now,” said Paulicivic. “With everything they have gone through, this meet was just about putting on that Scarlet and Gray leotard and doing what they love. They were able to go out there, have fun and enjoy the moment. That’s what it’s all about.”
Oliveros made her Buckeye debut on balance beam, where she earned a 9.900 to share the crown with Michigan’s Maddie Mariani and Natalie Wojcik.
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The Buckeyes scored a 48.950 on uneven bars in their first rotation, led by Jenna Swartzentruber with a 9.875 to finish fourth. Colby Miller posted a 9.800 and Emma Pritchard had a 9.775 in her first collegiate appearance.
Ohio State moved on to vault for the second rotation, where it earned a 48.975. Elexis Edwards paced the team with a 9.850 to tie for third with the Wolverines’ Abby Heiskell and Wojcik. Nicole Riccardi, a freshman, and Morgan Lowe followed with a pair of 9.800’s.
Raina Malas competed on floor exercise for the first time in her Buckeye career and recorded a team-high 9.875 to tie for fourth place. Claire Gagliardi had a 9.850 while Alexia Hankins scored a 9.825. As a team, Ohio State finished with a score of 48.975.
Oliveros delivered a stunning 9.900 performance on beam to become the first Ohio State gymnast to score a 9.900 this season. Ella Hodges tallied a 9.850, Pritchard had a 9.825 and Hankins earned a 9.800 on the apparatus. The Buckeyes posted a team score of 49.100
Ohio State is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 23 when it heads to Iowa for an 8 p.m. ET matchup.