Buckeyes Entertain Great St. John Arena Crowd in Season Opener
Senior captain Hillary Dow takes third in all-around against No. 5 Oregon State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Working the home crowd of 831 with an Ohio State themed floor routine, senior captain Hillary Dow notched a 38.700 all-around score to finish third while pacing the Buckeyes who concluded the evening with a 193.050 Saturday in St. John Arena. Oregon State, ranked fifth in the nation, earned its fourth win of the season after tallying a 196.125.
"It was a great crowd here tonight," Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. "We are dealing with a lot of injuries right now but I am happy with how we came out and performed tonight. We improved a lot from last week which is key for us this season."
Dow, a native of Yorktown, Va., had a great showing in Ohio State's home opener, tying for first on vault with a 9.875 after sticking her landing. Beaver Becky Colvin matched Dow's mark to share the honor. Sophomores Nicole Krauter and Taylor Jones helped the Buckeyes to a 48.550 event total earning a 9.800 and 9.775, respectively. Krauter's 9.800 marked a career high on vault. Oregon State took the rotation with a 49.200.
On the uneven bars, Ohio State tallied a 47.975 with sophomore Casey Williamson recording a team-best 9.700 while junior Rebecca Best earned a 9.600. Oregon State's Laura-Ann Chong took the event win with a 9.925 as the Beavers scored a 48.650 on bars.
Krauter turned in a solid performance on the balance beam, recording a 9.825 to take third behind a pair of 9.900s from Oregon State's Chong and Makayla Stambaugh. With a 9.800, Best placed fourth while freshman Colleen Dean notched a 9.600. The Buckeyes concluded the third rotation with a score of 48.225 on beam as the Beavers posted a 49.050 on the event.
With scores of 9.800, Jones and Dean tied for fourth on floor to lead Ohio State to a 48.300 event total. Dean, with an all-around tally of 38.475, took fourth in just her second meet as a collegiate athlete. Dow, performing her OH-IO routine, notched a 9.750 as did Williamson who finished with a 38.200 in the all-around. Oregon State's Stambaugh and Mandi Rodriguez tied for first with a pair of 9.950s as the team won floor with a 49.225.
Ohio State will next embark upon a five-meet road swing, with its first stop in Pittsburgh for a dual at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The Buckeyes next open Big Ten action at Michigan State (Jan. 30) and continue at Iowa (Feb. 6). Stepping back into nonconference action, the Scarlet and Gray then travel to West Virginia (Feb. 13) and Kentucky (Feb. 19) before returning to Columbus Feb. 27 to host conference-foe Penn State in St. John Arena.