COLUMBUS, Ohio With 10 individual season-high scores, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a season-best 195.675 at No. 17 Illinois Sunday. The Illini (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) recorded an all-time program-high 196.700 score to take the victory over the Buckeyes (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten).

“We are excited about our season-high score,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had three kids on the team with the flu and had to make last-minute replacements in the line-ups. They did a good job replacing their teammates. It was a good meet for us and I am hoping to build on it as we go into next week.”

For the second-consecutive week, freshman 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. Sophomore Rebecca 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. Senior Alyssa 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. It also marks Meyer’s fourth time leading the Buckeyes in the event. 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 for the fourth time this season 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 senior Amanda Surine tied with a 9.725. Senior Kiki 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. 

Ohio State will continue on the road as it travels to Bowling Green Feb. 22 before heading to No. 14 Penn State March 1 in a tri-meet with No. 5 Alabama.


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