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 the Buckeyes, 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 (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.