COLUMBUS, Ohio The 16th-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted an in-state victory at Bowling Green Sunday. The Buckeyes (4-5, 1-3 Big Ten) totaled a 194.175 to outscore the Falcons’ 193.750 team total. Bowling Green falls to 2-4 overall record and is 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference.
Ohio State won vault, bars and beam in the victory. The squad posted a 48.750 on both vault and bars while scoring a 48.525 on beam and a 48.150 on floor.
“We will learn from this meet,” Ohio State head coach, Carey Fagan, said. “On floor we had three girls go out-of-bounds, which is probably a record for us but not a good one. Obviously, we will continue working on that this week and our tumbling. Our other events were solid. Vault was bigger and better this week and I was happy to see the girls come through on beam in our last event. It is a big week of training for us this week with Penn State coming up. Hopefully we can hit 24 routines there.”
Junior Beth Ann Ballard recorded a first-place finish on bars with a 9.825 to lead Ohio State on the event for the third-consecutive week. On vault, she placed second with a season-best 9.80 mark.
With a 9.850, freshman Nicole Krauter took first on beam, tying her career high with the mark. Krauter has led the Buckeyes on the event four times this season.
Freshman Casey Williamson competed in three events and placed third in each. She posted a Buckeye-best 9.825 on floor, tying her career-high. On vault and bars, Williamson scored a 9.775 to round out the Top 3. Senior Alyssa Meyer tied Williamson on vault and set a career high on floor with a 9.80.
In the all-around, sophomore Rebecca Best placed second with a 38.775 total score. She has competed in the all-around in every meet this season, leading Ohio State in three. On beam, Best scored a third-place 9.750. She posted a 9.70 on bars and vault.
Junior Hillary Dow followed Best in the all-around with a 38.700. She scored a season-high 9.725 on vault to boost her all-around total. Freshman Taylor Jones was another top scorer for the Buckeyes. She posted a 9.750 on vault and a 9.70 on beam to round out the Top 3 for Ohio State in both events. Jones competed in the all-around for the fourth-time this season and scored a 38.250.
The Buckeyes finish its third-consecutive week on the road as they travel to No. 17 Penn State Sunday 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.