Coming off of a tough loss last week against Georgia, the Ohio State Buckeyes dominated over NC State in Raleigh, 196.025-194.925. The Buckeyes got off to an electrifying start in the first rotation when they posted an impressive 49.200 on bars, counting no scores lower than 9.825. Sophomore Jenna Swartzentruber posted the highest score of the rotation, a 9.875, to ultimately clench the event title. On the opposing side, the first rotation saw the NC State Wolfpack total a 48.600 on vault. Alexa Phillips impressed with a 9.825, however, having to count one of two 9.400s from Alliah Harrison and Meredith Robinson was NC State’s downfall in the opening rotation.   

Going into the second rotation the home Wolfpack trailed by 0.600, and the Buckeyes maintained their lead after posting a 48.925 on beam. Morgan Lowe highlighted the rotation for the Buckeyes when she scored a 9.850 to win the event title. As Ohio State’s lead grew, NC State continued to fight, posting a 48.825 on bars with a standout performance from Maggie Tamburro who scored a 9.825.  

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

Rotation three brought the Buckeyes to floor where senior Jamie Stone shined, posting a 9.875 and contributing to the rotation score of a 48.975. Despite a disappointing 8.975 from NC State’s Laura Kent on beam in rotation three, this was the Wolfpack’s best event of the night where they posted a 48.875.  

It became clear going into the fourth rotation that the Buckeyes would continue to pull away from NC State to secure their first win of the 2019 season. The Buckeyes ended on a strong note, totaling a 48.925 on vault with two 9.825s from Olivia Aepli and Stone. The Wolfpack, who were unable to surpass Ohio State, were defeated by a 1.100 margin after posting a 49.625 on floor in the final rotation in their home opener.

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