Feb. 26, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (5-7, 0-4 Big Ten) dropped a 193.975-191.475 decision to No. 15 Penn State Feb. 26 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Ohio State finished the evening with scores of 48.725 on bars, 48.575 on floor, 47.400 on vault and a 46.775 on beam.

Leading the Buckeye scoring rotation was Karley Walek (Fr. Pequannock, N.J./Edgewood), who finished second in the all-around with a tally of 38.375. Walek also finished the night with second-place finishes on both vault (9.750) and floor (9.800). Fellow freshman Maalika Moore-Thomas (Tampa, Fla./King) competed as an all-arounder for the first time in her career, finishing with a mark of 38.300 to place third.

Senior Liz Meaney (Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood) finished the meet with a first-place finish on beam (9.850). The win marks the sixth time this season Meaney has claimed the balance beam title. She also scored a mark of 9.750 on floor to place fourth. Junior Brittany Brown (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) also contributed a solid performance, placing second on floor with a score of 9.800.

Ohio State returns home next weekend to host a coed exhibition meet against the Japan All-Star squad at 7 p.m. March 3 in St. John Arena. Following the meet against the Japan All-Stars, the Buckeyes remain home to host No. 18 Arizona at 7 p.m. March 5 in St. John Arena.