The Iowa Hawkeyes traveled down to Ohio State for a Saturday afternoon meet this weekend, and the competition was a battle from beginning to end.

Ohio State started out on vault and had a consistent rotation, with a 9.850 from Olivia Aepli the high score. The 48.8 rotation score from Ohio State gave them an early lead over Iowa, who had to count a fall on bars and just totaled a 48.375 in their opening rotation.

The Buckeyes absolutely killed it on bars in the second rotation, scoring a huge 49.3 on the strength of a trio of 9.875s from Peyton Hinterberger, Colby Miller, and Jenna Swartzentruber. The huge bar score extended Ohio State’s lead through two, as Iowa battled back from the bar mistakes to score 48.625 on vault.

Morgan Lowe competes on the balance beam for the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State Sports

Ohio State completely opened the door in the third rotation, struggling on beam and having to count a fall and a few lower scores to just total a 47.95 on the event, while Iowa made up major ground on floor. The Hawkeyes had their best rotation of the night, with a pair of 9.875s from Clair Kaji and Bridget Killian leading the 49.125 rotation to give them a .075 lead over the Buckeyes heading into the final rotation.

Ohio State pulled through in front of their home crowd on floor exercise in the final rotation, hitting six-for-six for a 48.95 to hit 195.0 and take home the win. A 9.900 from Janelle McClelland was the high score of the entire meet, closing out the meet on a high for Ohio State. Iowa finished well on beam but came up just short, scoring a 48.65 on their final event to finish with a 194.775. Both teams have room to grow and will be looking to improve as the season progresses.

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