COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 16 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team returns to the road at 2 p.m. Sunday in a dual meet hosted by Bowling Green. The Buckeyes (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) take a week off of conference action to travel to Anderson Arena to compete against the Falcons (2-4, 2-3 MAC), for their 11th-consecuative annual match-up.

“The team made some great improvements last weekend against Illinois, particularly on our landings, which resulted in our season-high score,” head coach, Carey Fagan, said. “This weekend at Bowling Green we are hoping to have Hillary Dow back in the line-up and see Nicole Krauter on a few more events. As we move into the second half of the season, continuing to improve each week will be critical to becoming a seeded team for regionals.”

With its regional qualifying average of 194.655, Ohio State ranks No. 16 in the nation. The Buckeyes rank fourth as a team in the central region. Ohio State holds the No. 13 position in the country on bars and beam, while ranking fourth in the events in the region. The Buckeyes have a 48.730 RQS on bars and a 48.590 RQS on beam. Ohio State holds its highest event RQS on floor with a 48.800 to rank No. 18 nationally and No. 4 in the central region. On vault, the squad has a regional qualifying score of 48.495 to hold the sixth position in the region.

The Buckeyes rank third in the Big Ten Conference. They hold a 1-3 Big Ten record after a conference win over Iowa last week and two league losses to Michigan State and Illinois Jan. 31, all three coming at home. Ohio State fell to Illinois on the road last week to post its third conference loss of the season. On bars and beam, the Buckeyes rank second among conference teams. The squad ranks third on floor and No. 6 on vault.

Sophomore Rebecca Best is among the Top 2 for Ohio State in each event. She leads the way for Ohio State in the all-around, after being the only Buckeye to compete in the event in every meet this season. She ranks sixth in the central region and eighth in the Big Ten in the all-around with a 38.835 regional qualifying average. Best ranks second for Ohio State on floor, beam, bars and vault. On beam, Best holds a 9.730 RQS to rank ninth in the conference and tie for the No. 11 spot in the region. She has a 9.690 regional qualifying average on floor to hold the No. 14 conference ranking and No. 16 regional ranking. Best has led Ohio State on vault in three meets this season. She has a 9.725 RQS, which ranks No. 16 in the Big Ten and No. 20 in the central region. On bars, Best has a regional qualifying score of 9.665 which is tied for the No. 17 position in the conference.

Senior Alyssa Meyer leads Ohio State on bars with a 9.780 regional qualifying score. Her RQS ranks fifth in the Big Ten and No. 12 in the region. Meyer has led Ohio State on bars in four meets this season. On floor, Meyer is third for Ohio State with a 9.615 RQS. She has posted a season-best 9.775 in three meets this season.

Senior Kiki Holman has a 9.770 regional qualifying score on beam to lead the way for Ohio State. She ranks fifth in the conference and eighth in the central region on beam. Holman has one first place finish on beam this season and has led the Buckeyes in the event in four meets this season. She has posted above a 9.70 in each meet this season on beam.

Senior Amanda Surine is among the Top 3 on vault with a regional qualifying average of 9.685. Surine has competed on vault in each meet this season. She ranks No. 17 in the conference on vault and rounds out the Top 25 in the region.

The Buckeyes are led on two events by freshman Taylor Jones. On floor, Jones leads the squad with a 9.815 regional qualifying score which is tied for fifth place in the central region standings. She is ranked sixth in the Big Ten on the event. Jones has led Ohio State on floor in all but one meet this season, as well as posting above a 9.80 in five meets this year. She holds a 9.755 RQS on vault to lead Ohio State in the event. On vault, Jones ranks No. 15 in the region and No. 12 in the conference.  She won the event vs. Iowa Feb. 7 and has led the Buckeyes in four of their six meets.

Nicole Krauter rounds out the Top 3 for Ohio State on beam with a 9.655 RQS. She ranks No. 16 in the Big Ten and No. 18 in the region in the event. Krauter has led the Buckeyes in three meets this season and posted a career-best 9.850 in her first collegiate meet at Arkansas Jan. 9

With 10 individual season-high scores, Ohio State posted a season-best 195.675 at Illinois last Sunday. The Illini recorded an all-time program-high 196.700 score to take the victory over the Buckeyes.
For the second-consecutive week, Taylor Jones led Ohio State in the all-around. Jones tied for second in the meet with a career-high 39.250. The mark is one-tenth of a point better than the previous all-around high score posted by a Buckeye gymnast this season. Best was the only other Buckeye to compete in the all-around and finished with a 39.100.

The Buckeyes opened the meet on bars with a season-high 49.075 after posting three individual career-best scores. Meyer and junior Beth Ann Ballard led Ohio State on bars and placed third in the meet after tying on the event with a 9.850. Their 9.850 mark is the highest seen by any Buckeye this season and a career-high score for Ballard. Freshman Casey Williamson recorded a career-high 9.825 on bars, followed by classmate Jones’ career-high 9.80. Best added a 9.750 to Ohio State’s overall bar score.

Ohio State moved to vault for its second rotation and posted a season-high 48.925 score. Jones led the Buckeyes with a season-high tying 9.850 score. She took third in the meet on vault. Best took second for Ohio State with a 9.825 followed by Ballard with a 9.80. Williamson and Surine tied with a 9.725. Holman finished Ohio State’s second rotation with a 9.700.

Jones and Best led the squad in its third rotation, floor. The duo scored a 9.825, a season high for Best. Williamson added a 9.800 followed by a 9.750 mark by junior Kristin Perchatsch. Ohio State scored a 48.850 on floor.

The Buckeyes were led by Holman on beam in the final rotation with a career-high 9.850. Her mark placed second in the meet. Jones followed with a career-high 9.775 score and a fourth-place meet finish. Freshman Krissi Woodward and Surine tied on beam with a 9.750. Best added a 9.700 to boost Ohio State’s team total to a 48.850.

Bowling Green returns eight letterwinners from its 2007-08 season when the squad finished with a 9-12 overall record. This season the Falcons welcome four newcomers and hold a 2-4 overall record. Last week, Bowling Green recorded a season-high 192.975 against Western Michigan. Junior Breanne Guy led the squad with a career-high 39.175 all-around score.  Head coach Kerrie Beach is in her second season with the Falcons.

The two squads have met once in each of the past 11 years and have a total of 34 appearances together. Ohio State leads the all-time series 28-6 and has won the last six meetings. Ohio State last traveled to Bowling Green March 24, 2007 in the All-Ohio Championships with Kent State. The Buckeyes won the tri-meet with a 195.825 followed by Kent State (195.325) and Bowling Green (192.425).

Ohio State welcomed the Big Ten Network to St. John Arena twice, while having four total meets aired on the network this year. The quad-meet vs. Missouri, Michigan State and Illinois and the dual meet with Iowa was shown in a delayed airing on Big Ten Network. The meet at Penn State with Alabama March 1 will be aired on Big Ten Network at noon March 8. The Big Ten Championships hosted by Illinois at 3 p.m. March 21 will be shown live by the Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes finish its third-consecutive week on the road as they travel to No. 17 Penn State March 1 in a tri-meet with No. 8 Alabama. Ohio State returns to Columbus at 7 p.m. March 7 for senior night against George Washington.

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