Feb. 8, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tiffanie Janke posted a 39.575 all-around score to propel the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten) to victories over the No. 19 Kent State Golden Flashes and the Bowling Green Falcons. The Buckeyes posted 195.450 points to slip past Kent State, who scored 195.375. Bowling Green finished third with a score of 193.725. The victory gives Ohio State its third championship in the past four years. The Buckeyes also claimed victories at the All-Ohio Championships in 2001 and 2003.
The Buckeyes placed first on vault, with a score of 48.950 and balance beam, with a season-high score of 48.825. Kent State won the floor exercise competition with 49.400 points and the uneven bars competition with a score of 48.925.
The Buckeyes were paced by Tiffanie Janke (Sr., Schaumberg, Ill.) and junior Elizabeth Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio), who tied for first place in the vault and balance beam competitions. Both gymnasts scored 9.900 on vault and 9.925 on bars. In addition to Meaney and Janke, senior Megan Porter (Elmhurst, Ill.) placed third on uneven bars with a 9.850.
In addition to Janke, two other Buckeyes posted new career-highs in the meet. Elizabeth Ahlberg (Fr., San Antonio, Texas) posted a 9.775 on vault to top her previous high of 9.700 set against Illinois and Illinois State, Jan. 31. Sophomore Leah Boccaccio (Enfield, Conn.) set a new career high on vault, with a 9.700 topping the 9.650 set against Kentucky, Jan. 4.
Ohio State is back in action against the No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Lincoln, Neb. The Buckeyes return home at 7 p.m., Feb. 21, against the No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions.