A night of season highs helps Ohio State to win

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just eight gymnasts cleared for competition, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team continued to show its persevering nature, defeating Pitt, 194.200-192.250, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Friday night. The win moves the Buckeyes’ record to 1-2 on the season and improves the all-time series record vs. the Panthers to 18-4. 

“The team is really starting to come together and we hit 23-of-24 routines tonight,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “Everyone made improvements but we still have areas we will improve. However, all we can control is hitting our routines.”

Starting on the uneven bars, Rebecca Best opened her all-around campaign with a meet and season-high 9.775 to lead Ohio State. In fact, Best was just one of five Buckeyes to hit a season high on bars in Pittsburgh as the Scarlet and Gray swept first through fifth place on the event. Senior captain Hillary Dow contributed a 9.750 and sophomore Nicole Krauter a 9.700 as the Buckeyes notched a 48.550 on bars, besting Pitt’s 47.400. Sophomores Taylor Jones and Casey Williamson added a 9.675 and 9.650, respectively, as the squad hit a season-high team score.

Continuing her stellar outing, Best scored a 9.825, just .025 shy of tying her career-best, to tie for second on vault while Pitt’s Alicia Talucci won the event with a 9.850. Krauter and Jones added a pair of 9.800s to share fifth place and help Ohio State to a 48.850 team tally. Still, the Panthers won the event with a 49.000. Dow and Jones added a 9.725 and 9.700, respectively, on vault.

After two events, the Buckeyes held a 97.400-96.450 lead.

Moving on to floor, freshman Colleen Dean recorded her second-consecutive career high, scoring a 9.825 for the event win. Just a week before, Dean tallied a 9.800 to tie for fourth vs. then-No. 5 Oregon State. Jones, with her ‘Purple Rain’ routine, followed with a 9.775 to finish in a four-way tie for second with three Panthers while Williamson added a 9.750 to tie for fifth as the Buckeyes notched a team score of 48.350. Despite scoring a season team-high score, Pitt won floor with a 48.900.

For the second-consecutive meet, Krauter led Ohio State on beam, scoring a 9.750 to tie Talucci for first. Best and Dean finished in a tie for third with a 9.700 while Dow placed fourth with a 9.650 en route to the Buckeyes’ 48.400 team tally. Making her season debut, senior Kristin Perchatsch added a 9.600 on vault, helping Ohio State to the event win as Pitt notched a team score of 46.900.

Talucci won the all-around with a 38.850 while Dow recorded her second Top 3 all-around finished with a season-high 38.775. Williamson notched a career-high 38.625 for third while Dean finished with a 38.575 and Best a 38.300 to place fourth and fifth, respectively.