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Ohio State women’s track and field takes first in New York

Plus, tennis and women’s gymnastics got off to hot starts on their respective seasons.

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship Photo by Steve Nowland/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Ohio State women’s track and field once again looks like the team to beat in the Big Ten. After two days of fierce competition, women’s track and field emerged with a first-place finish at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge in New York. The Buckeyes scored 70 points — more than five ahead of second-place and eighth-ranked South Carolina — as they collected four first-place finishes.

Leading the way Friday was junior Morgan Lewis, who won the 60-meter hurdle title, and fellow junior Anavia Battle, who took the 60-meter dash title. Saturday. senior Abby Nichols, won the mile title with a time of 4:45.86. Rounding out the top-finishers, the quartet of sophomore Alyssa Marsh, freshman Jayden Wood, junior Aziza Ayoub and senior Tamani Wilson brought home the 4x400 title.

The men’s team finished seventh-overall in the 20-team field. Highlighting the Ohio State men’s performance was junior Tyler Johnson, who won the 400-meter dash title.

Next up, the Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Invitational.

Tennis off to a hot start in ITA Kickoff Weekend

Not only did the No. 6 Ohio State men’s tennis team improve to 7-0 this weekend with wins over Purdue and Tulsa, the squad also advanced to the ITA Indoor Championships in Wisconsin and managed yet another sweep over Toledo Sunday evening. Even more impressive, the Buckeyes have gotten to seven wins without dropping a single set. The Buckeyes look to keep their streak rolling Saturday when they face No. 2 Texas in Columbus.

The 25th-ranked women’s team also posted an impressive weekend, improving to 2-0 on the young season with wins in their ITA Kickoff over No. 24 Wake Forest and No. 11 Oklahoma State, earning their own bid to the ITA Indoor Championships. Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped right in as they defeated the Demon Deacons 4-0 in their first dual match of the season. The squad has a much tighter match Sunday, but still pulled out a 4-3 victory over the host, Oklahoma State. Next up, the Buckeyes return home to face No. 5 Duke.

Women’s gymnastics earns first-place finish at home

Women’s gymnastics also posted a huge win over the weekend, defeating No. 11 Maryland and No, 23 Central Michigan at the Covelli Center Saturday. The Buckeyes tallied 195.500 points on the day, .250 ahead of Maryland and more than a point ahead of Central Michigan.

The Buckeyes posted outright wins in three events, including uneven bars, balance beam and floor. In the final event, vault, sophomore Sydney Jennings tied for first with 9.900 points. On the uneven bars, junior Jenna Swartzentruber and senior Olivia Aepli tied for first with a score of 9.925. Freshman Alexis Hankins took the balance beam title with a score of 9.900. Finally, sophomore Claire Gagliardi racked up 9.925 points on her floor exercise to seal the Buckeyes’ win.

Next up, Ohio State has another home meet against No. 7 Minnesota Saturday.

The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team fell to Penn State 405.900-405.000 in its Big Ten opener Saturday in State College. In all, the Buckeyes won three team events including floor, vault and high bar. The squad will look to get back on track when it heads home to face Michigan Saturday in Columbus.

Women’s ice hockey sweeps Quinnipiac

The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team was tested, but ultimately swept Quinnipiac in the team’s two-game series in Columbus this weekend. In Friday night’s matchup, the Buckeyes posted a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats. Ohio State jumped to a two-goal lead by the second period on scores from sophomore forwards Sara Saekkinen and Gabby Rosenthal. While Quinnipiac pulled within one in the second, the Buckeyes ultimately controlled the offense, outshooting the Bobcats 41-13.

Saturday, Ohio State earned a 3-2 win. After taking a lead in the first period on a goal from sophomore defenseman Madison Bizal, the Bobcats tied things up heading into the second. Freshman defenseman Teghan Inglis and senior forward Rebecca Freiburger added two scores in the second and third, respectively, to secure the win for Ohio State.

With the wins, the Buckeyes improve to 16-6-4 on the year. Next up, Ohio State continues its homestand against Bemidji State in Columbus this coming weekend.

In other news…

  • Ohio State men’s volleyball split its two matches in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge, sweeping USC 3-0 before falling to UCLA 3-1 in State College. The Buckeyes now sit at 6-1 on the season, and look to bounce back Friday when they face Saint Francis on the road.
  • Ohio State women’s basketball came up short against No. 19 Iowa in Iowa City Saturday, falling 77-68 Thursday. Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz had a double-double in the effort, scoring 22 points and adding 16 rebounds in the loss. Next up, the 11-8 Buckeyes return home to take on No. 20 Maryland Thursday.
  • Ohio State rifle defeated Air Force and UTEP Saturday in Columbus. The Buckeyes scored 4,663 points on the day to the Falcons’ 4,655 and the Miners’ 4,594. Ohio State is back in action against West Virginia Saturday in Columbus.
  • Pistol also came away with a win on the road at Akron, outscoring the Zips 2,202-2,043. Next up, the squad heads to Fargo to take on North Dakota State Saturday.
  • The seventh-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team took second place at the Shamrock Invitational hosted by Notre Dame this weekend, while the 14th-ranked men earned a third-place finish. In all, the women’s team finished with 975 points behind Notre Dame, and the men’s squad ended with 828. Highlighting the day was the one-two-three finish by the men’s team in three-meter diving to sweep the event.
  • Sixth-ranked Ohio State men’s ice hockey went 0-for-2 in its weekend series against Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes lost 6-3 Friday before falling 4-1 Saturday. The team will look to get back on track this weekend when it takes on Michigan in Ann Arbor.
  • No. 4 Ohio State wrestling fell to top-ranked Iowa in Iowa City Friday by a score of 24-10. Despite the loss, redshirt freshman Sammy Sasso (149-pounds) was a bright spot for the Buckeyes when he took down Pat Lugo - the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class. Senior Luke Pletcher (149-pounds) and redshirt senior Kollin Moore (197-pounds), themselves the top wrestlers in their divisions, also posted individual victories for Ohio State in the loss.