No. 17 Auburn Gymnastics Upset by No. 33 Ohio State, 195.525-194.725
March 13, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Participating in its first coed meet since the 2007 season, the No. 17 Auburn gymnastics team was defeated 195.525-194.725 by the No. 33 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon at Ohio State's St. John's Arena. Sophomore Allyson Sandusky took home the bar title, while Rachel Inniss won beam. Additionally, senior Krissy Voss set a pair of season highs, but it wasn't enough as Ohio State set season-highs on bars, beam, and floor, as well as a season-high 195.525 team score.
"We just underperformed tonight," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "We're one of the top 10 teams in the country when we're right, but we just had mistakes on every event tonight that were uncharacteristic of us. We were still on pace to go over 196, but we just came unglued on beam."
Auburn began the meet on bars, and were led by Sandusky, who scored a 9.85 for the second-consecutive meet and captured the third bar title of her career. Freshman Petrina Yokay chipped in a 9.825, while sophomore Kendall Swartz cracked the 9.8 barrier for the first time since the Kentucky meet. In total, Auburn scored a 48.950 in the first rotation.
Ohio State began on vault with three gymnasts scoring above 9.8, as Rebecca Best tallied a 9.85. She was followed by Taylor Jones' 9.825 and Nicole Krauter's 9.8. Ohio State totaled a 48.775, giving Auburn a .175 lead heading into the second rotation.
Auburn took to vault in the second rotation, where sophomore Kylie Shields led off with a 9.775. She was followed by a pair of 9.825's by Voss, a season-high, and freshman Maya Wickus. Freshman Toi Garcia then notched a 9.775 in the No. 5 spot to give the Tigers an event score of 48.925.
The Buckeyes, moving to bars in the second rotation, were led by Best's 9.8. Hillary Dow followed and matched her teammate with a 9.8, while Colleen Dean and Jones scored 9.775's as Ohio State totaled a 48.900 in the event. The Buckeyes season-high on bars resulted in the Tigers taking a slim 97.875-97.675 lead going into floor exercise.
Auburn moved to floor in rotation three and struggled early on. However, a 9.8 by Shields followed by season-high 9.825 by Voss helped give the Tigers a 48.775 on floor.
Ohio State turned things around in rotation three with its second season-high score of the meet, this time with a 49.000 on beam. The Buckeyes were led by career-high's as Dean scored a 9.875 and Best who tallied a 9.85, which was enough for the Buckeyes to take their first lead of the day, 146.675-146.650, heading into rotation four.
Auburn began the fourth rotation by having to count a pair of falls on beam, as Brzostowski led off with a 9.225, followed by a 9.175 by junior Katie Hurley. Auburn finished the apparatus strong, as Sandusky marked a 9.875, followed by Inniss' second 9.9 of the season and earned the event title.
The Buckeyes sealed the meet on floor, scoring a season-best 48.850. Dean scored a 9.825, while Jones scored a 9.85 to give Ohio State an event score of 48.850 and secure their second-straight victory over the Tigers.
The men's meet, running simultaneously with the women, featured the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 5 Buckeyes, a meet that Oklahoma won.
Auburn continues its road swing next Saturday, as the team travels to College Park, Md., for a tri-meet hosted by the Maryland Terrapins at 3 pm CT. Also participating in the meet are the George Washington Colonials as well as the Yale Bulldogs. Live stats can be accessed via AuburnTigers.com, while live updates can be found by following AU_Gymnastics on Twitter.
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