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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team closed out its 2023 home schedule on a high note, winning the tri-meet against Illinois and Kent State with a score of 197.600 Sunday afternoon at the Covelli Center. Ohio State recorded its second-best overall score in program history and finished the 2023 home season undefeated.
Event titles went to Nicole Riccardi and Alexis Hankins on uneven bars, Lexi Edwards on floor, and Sydney Jennings on vault.
Following the meet, the Buckeyes recognized the 2023 senior class of Lexi Edwards, Alexis Hankins, Ella Hodges and Raina Malas. Student assistant coach Zoe Schweitzer and managers Sarah Rowland and Mikayla Martin were also recognized.
- Fifth year senior Sydney Jennings began her final meet at the Covelli Center with a career-high tying 9.925 on vault. Lexi Edwards was second on the team with a 9.875 followed by Payton Harris (9.850) and Nicole Riccardi (9.825). Tory Vetter and Raina Malas tied with 9.975s.
- Riccardi and Alexis Hankins earned 9.925s to lead the Buckeyes on uneven bars. The score is a career-high for Hankins and the second in a row for Riccardi. Harris tied her career high with a 9.875 to take third on the team and Edwards (9.850) and Emma Pritchard (9.825) also counted scores for Ohio State. Pritchard’s score also tied her season best.
- Jennings scored a 9.900 on beam to lead the Buckeyes and add another 9.900 score in the meet. In second for Ohio State was Hankins and Vetter with 9.875s.
- The Buckeyes finished the meet with a season-best score of 49.600 on floor. Four gymnasts recorded 9.900s with Edwards tying her career high 9.975 on her Senior Day to win the event title. Claire Gagliardi competed in her last home meet as a Buckeye with a career-high tying 9.950 to tie for second overall. Harris recorded a career high 9.925 to tie for fourth overall and Tory Vetter added a personal best 9.900. Also counting her score towards the team total was Riccardi with a career-high 9.850.
- Payton Harris won the all-around with a career high 39.500 on the day.
Ohio State makes the trip to California next weekend to compete at Cal on Friday, March 10 at 10 p.m. ET. The meet is the final regular season competition for the Buckeyes.