LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics began its meet against Ohio State with a season-best score on vault (48.950) and finished with a school record on floor (49.500), but fell to Ohio State Friday, 196.375-195.275. USU is now 6-6 on the season. With its best score of the season, Ohio State moves to 6-4.
"We started this meet out very, very well," said USU head coach Ray Corn. "Even though we made a mistake on bars, we still came through with a clutch performance from Ashley Barr. We were tentative and didn't attack on beam, and that's where we lost it. I asked the ladies to shine on floor and finish off the meet. Collectively, those are the six best floor routines I've seen in Utah State history."
Barr, a freshman from Littleton, Colo., had career-high 9.875s on bars and floor and tied teammate Jessica Parenti for the bars title. She was one of four Aggies to post a career best on floor, as Meagan Nelson (9.95) and Parenti (9.9) set personal bests and Allison Rosenthal (9.875) tied her career high.
Ohio State's Jill Weber won the all-around (39.450). USU senior Nicole Kilpatrick finished second overall (39.225), tying for second on floor and taking second on vault with 9.9s on each. Parenti was fourth in the all-around (39.150). For the first time this season, Nelson did not score more than 39.0 in the all-around, as she finished sixth with a 38.975.
The fourth rotation was kind to both teams. USU swept the first six spots on floor, and did not have a score below 9.85 on the event, while Ohio State claimed the top six spot on beam, with a low score of 9.775.
USU bettered the 195.0 mark for the fifth time this year, setting a school record for 195-plus scores in a season. Also, the Aggies posted a team score of at least 49.0 on bars for the fifth consecutive meet.
The Aggies travel to BYU for a 7 p.m. meet on Friday, March 7.
TOP THREE BY EVENT
OHIO STATE 196.375, UTAH STATE 195.275
VAULT (OHIO STATE 49.050, UTAH STATE 48.950) 1. Jill Weber (OSU) 9.950, 2T. Nicole Kilpatrick (USU) 9.900, 2T. Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.900
BEAM (OHIO STATE 49.225, UTAH STATE 47.750) 1. Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.900, 2. Kaylin Schlect (OSU) 9.875, 3. Jill Weber (OSU) 9.850
ALL-AROUND 1. Jill Weber (OSU) 39.450, 2. Nicole Kilpatrick (USU) 39.225, 3. Kaylin Schlect (OSU) 39.175