April 21, 2012
DULUTH, Ga. -- The No. 12 Ohio State women's gymnastics team recorded a 196.525 to place fourth in the second session of the NCAA Championship semifinals Friday in Gwinnett Arena.
"I'm really happy with the way the team handled the pressure of competing at the NCAA Championship," head coach Carey Fagan said. "They did what we have done all season and it feels great to be ranked in the Top 10. I am so happy for our seniors and the leadership they have shown all year. It has been a history-making year for the program and I am so proud of what we accomplished."
The Buckeyes, appearing in their first NCAA Championship since 1990, were just .625 away from qualifying for the Super Six Team Finals. Alabama (197.675), Florida (197.650) and Arkansas (197.150) advanced to the team finals Sunday at 4 p.m. Georgia placed fifth with a 196.500 and Oregon State came in six with a 196.475
Ohio State started on bars, posting a 48.975. The Buckeyes were led with a pair of 9.825s by senior co-captain Taylor Jones and senior Alyssa Marohn both tying for 20th place. Senior Casey Williamson was right behind them with a 9.80. Junior Colleen Dean and sophomore Victoria Aepli rounded out the score with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively.
In the second rotation, the Scarlet and Gray moved to beam where they totaled a 49.225. Sophomore Sarah Miller led the way with a 9.900 to tie for sixth place. Senior co-captain Nicole Krauter, sophomore Melanie Shaffer and Marohn all pulled in a 9.850 tying for 17th. Shaffer's score set a season high on the event. Freshman Sarah Grady finished out the team score with a 9.775.
Next up, the Buckeyes traveled to floor where a pair of 9.850s from Dean and Miller, who tied for eighth place, led the team to a 49.150 on the event. Ohio State's scores on the event were spread out by just .50 points with Jones and Shaffer scoring a 9.825 each. DeLuca and Williamson each earned a 9.80.
In the final rotation, Ohio State competed on vault and tallied a 49.175, just .10 off of the season high on the event. A trio of 9.850s from Krauter, Marohn and Miller led the way to tie for 17th. Dean scored a 9.825 and Jones rounded out the team score with a 9.80.
Dean the lone all-around competitor for Ohio State scored a 38.575.