Feb. 19, 2012OSU-Denver Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team won a dual meet against No. 20 Denver, 197.625-195.450, to mark a school record team score. The Scarlet and Gray posted a season high on all four events and broke the previous school event records on both beam and floor.
"I am so happy for the team," head coach Carey Fagan said. "It was great to see the girls get rewarded for all of their hard work. We were rock solid tonight and earned every tenth. I am so proud of everyone. We will build on this and get ready for next week."
The Buckeyes started the night on vault where they posted a season-high 49.275. Sophomore Sarah Miller led the way with a career high and Ohio State season high of 9.950. Miller took first overall in the competition. Also with a new season high was junior Colleen Dean with a 9.900 to place second overall. Freshman Sarah Grady also rang in a career-high 9.750.
Moving onto bars, the Buckeyes had three career highs and two season highs. Senior Casey Williamson and junior Taylor Jones led the team tying for second overall with a pair of 9.875s. This was a new career high for Williamson and a season high for Jones. Next up with a pair of 9.850s were Dean and senior Alyssa Marohn who tied for fourth overall. Marohn’s score was a new career high. Sophomores Victoria Aepli and Alex DeLuca both scored 9.800s, a new career high for Aepli and a season high for DeLuca. After two rotations the Scarlet and Gray were winning 98.525-97.275.
In the third rotation, Ohio State broke the team record on beam with a team score of 49.500. The previous record had been set in 1997 at Big Ten Championships with a 49.450. Ohio State swept the top four places in the competition. Miller led the way for the team again tying her career high and a new team season-high 9.950. Senior co-captain Nicole Krauter and Dean each tallied a career high to tie for second with a pair of 9.925s. Marohn and Grady both earned career highs with a 9.900 and 9.800, respectively. The Buckeyes extended their lead going into the final rotation, leading 148.025-146.560.
Finishing the meet with a bang, the team set another school record of 49.600 on floor, beating the previous school best of 49.575 set in 2002. The Scarlet and Gray swept the top four spots and all were career highs. Miller claimed her third team-high score in as many events with a 9.975. Coming in second with a 9.950 was sophomore Melanie Shaffer. Rounding out the top four were Dean and Williamson with a pair of 9.925s.
Dean won the all-around with a career-best 39.600.
Up next, Ohio State faces Penn State at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in a double dual with the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team in St. John Arena.