COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team improved its scores on three events but dropped its Big Ten opener to No. 5 Michigan, 197.550-194.925, on Saturday night at the Crisler Center.
“The energy was better and the team looked more confident,” said head coach Meredith Paulicivic. “We’ve been really working on the mental part because the gymnastics is there. The first three events were great so now we need to learn how to finish a meet.”
Ohio State moved on to vault for the second rotation. The squad posted a 48.925 while Mattern delivered a team-best 9.875 to tie for third place. Aepli was close behind as she tallied a 9.850 for a fifth-place tie.
Janelle McClelland came through with a 9.850 on floor exercise, a new career high. Mattern had a team-high 9.900, which was good enough to tie for third. As a team, the Buckeyes notched a 49.175.
Competition wrapped up on balance beam with a 47.900. Stefanie Merkle had a 9.775 to lead the Buckeyes.
In the all-around, Aepli totaled 39.175 for second, followed by Merkle in third with 39.025.
Swartzentruber had a career night with new personal bests on uneven bars, vault and floor exercise.
The Buckeyes will make their final road trip of January when they head to Iowa on Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.
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