Weekend MAC Gymnastics Results

Updated 2/4/2013

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments 

Ball State 
Ball State's gymnastics team improved to 4-2 with wins over Penn and Centenary in a home meet at Irving Gym.

The Cardinals tallied a 193.800 team score, while Penn managed a 189.625 and Centenary scored a 187.550.  Ball State won each individual event in the meet, and Brittney Emmons won the all-around with a 38.975 mark.
 
"It was great to get two more wins and keep the momentum going as we head back into Mid-American Conference action," Ball State head coach Nadalie Walsh says.  "I was proud of the team and their energy.  Even after we made a mistake or two, we did not get down and we kept improving and moving forward.  We are looking forward to the next couple meets because we feel good about where we are headed."
 
The Cardinals took the top six spots in the vault, led by Brooke Evans and Nicole Allen, who tied for first with a 9.825.  Brittney Emmons was third with a 9.75, while Denasiha Christian finished fourth with a 9.725.  Erin Patchey and Miranda Kerr tied for fifth with a pair of 9.70's.
 
Ball State's team score of 48.825 on the vault tied for the fifth best score in school history.
 
The Cardinals managed to take three of the top four spots on the bars with Emmons placing first with a 9.85 and Angie Hosbach finishing second with a 9.825.  Angela Durkac was fourth with a 9.75.
 
Samantha Santos claimed the individual title on the beam with a 9.80, while Leah Wilson was third with a 9.675.
 
On Ball State's final event of the evening, the Cardinals took the top three spots on the floor
 
Christian won with a 9.85, while Emmons was second with a 9.775 and Brooklyn Schumacher tallied a 9.725 to place third.
 
The Cardinals return to action Feb. 9 at Eastern Michigan in a 7 p.m. MAC meet.
 
Bowling Green 
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Despite season-high scores on balance beam and floor exercise, the Bowling Green State University gymnastics team couldn't keep pace with Kent State, as the Flashes ran away with a 195.800-193.825 victory in Anderson Arena on Saturday.  
 
Freshman Alyssa Nocella led the way for the Falcons, hitting all four events for a season-best 38.825 all-around tally.  Gina Locigno, who struggled with bronchitis during the week, hit three events, tying career-high scores on beam and floor.  
 
As a team, the Falcons went 48.700 on vault, 47.700 on bars, 48.600 on beam and 48.825 on floor.  Their only misstep came on bars, where both Lindsay Koch and Amanda Lievendag suffered falls in their routines.  
 
"We had a few slip-ups on bars, but the girls did a great job coming right back on balance beam and floor exercise," said head coach Kerrie Beach.  "I'm particularly thrilled that we were able to come back and finish the second half of the meet.  That's been holding us back so far, so I think they're going to build a lot of confidence from that."
 
The Falcons started on vault, where Danielle Wishart led the way with a 9.825, followed by a string of 9.75 scores from Sunny Marchand, Jamilah Ali and Megan Harrington.  Nocella led off with a 9.625 to complete a 48.700 total on the event, tying the Falcons with Kent State after one rotation.
 
Then came uneven bars, an event where the Falcons hit the 49.0 mark in their last meet.  Caroline Ellingboe posted a 9.725, accompanied by solid routines from Nocella (9.625), Locigno (9.6) and Harrington (9.575).  Unfortunately, two falls spoiled the Falcons' lineup, as Kent State hit a massive 49.200 on vault to take the lead.
 
After the disappointment on bars, the Falcons came back with a season-high beam performance, led by Locigno's 9.775.  Nocella and Ali were steady for 9.75 scores, while Ellingboe (9.7) and Maria Salvia (9.625) rounded out the performance.
 
"I really saw quality [on beam] today," Beach said.  "We've been talking about performing under pressure and not just making the routine, but actually doing it at the highest level.  Tonight, I think we saw a lot of good, quality gymnastics and a lot more confidence."
 
The Falcons finished on floor, performing in front of over 700 fans in attendance.  Nocella and Locigno, who have been rocks on floor for the Falcons this year, stuck their routines to score 9.825 each.  Ali debuted an exciting new tumbling pass (double layout) to score 9.775, with Ellingboe (9.75) and Harrington (9.65) completing another strong rotation for the Falcons.  
 
Despite a rousing comeback, the meet was out of reach for the Falcons, as Kent State posted a 49.100 on beam, highlighted by all-around winner Marie Case's 9.925.  
 
Bowling Green's record now stands at 1-4 (1-2 MAC).  Next week, the Falcons travel to St. Charles, Mo. to take on first-year program Lindenwood in a non-conference matchup.
 
 
Central Michigan
CHICAGO – On the strength of a stellar meet-ending vault set, the No. 23 Central Michigan gymnastics team established a team season high score while topping the field at the Illinois-Michigan Challenge on Saturday night in Chicago. The Chippewas fell narrowly shy of reaching its season-long goal of 196.000 but scored an impressive 195.875 to outdistance Illinois State (194.100), Eastern Michigan (192.850), and host Illinois-Chicago (192.550).
 
Michigan won the challenge with CMU and EMU combining to best UIC and Illinois State, 388.725-386.650.
 
CMU won every event as a team and captured two event titles individually. The Chippewas led for most of the meet but put the finishing touches on the win in the final rotation with a terrific performance in the vault. Every competitor in the line-up earned at least a score of 9.825, led by freshman Kirsten Petzold’s 9.900 second-place effort. 
 
“To see a freshman do that is terrific,” said CMU head coach Jerry Reighard. “I think she was empowered. We had a grueling week of practice. We were demanding perfection and I think she started to respond. She has figured out what you do during the week translates to how you perform in a competition.”
 
Sophomore Kylie Fagan accounted for both of CMU’s individual title wins, taking the uneven bars (9.850) outright while sharing the balance beam crown (9.875).      
 
“I think Kylie Fagan was our MVP for the night,” Reighard said. “She turned a mediocre bars set into a good bars set and she had one of her best beam routines of the season.”
 
CMU started the competition on the uneven bars, totaling a 48.625, but unstuck dismounts prevented the Chippewas from staking an early lead. After the first rotation, the Chippewas were in the thick of it but were slightly behind in the team standings.
 
The tide began to shift in the second rotation when CMU headed to the balance beam.
 

“They did a great job of blocking out the crowd and distractions and came away with a good beam day. They started to really feel it and everyone got on the train,” said Reighard.
 
In addition to Fagan’s second straight first place performance, sophomores Halle Moraw and Taylor Noonan performed well, tying for third place with identical scores of 9.825.
 
The trend continued in the floor exercise, as CMU began to open up its lead with a solid set. Senior Emily LaFontaine and sophomore Halle Moraw each scored a 9.850 to tie for second while junior Brittany Petzold came back strong after a week off from competing on the floor, recording a 9.825.
 
CMU then sealed the victory in the vault. Brittany Petzold, Emily Heinz, and Tori Garcia each scored a 9.850 and senior Meaghan McWhorter and sophomore Becca Druien recorded 9.825s to go along with Kirsten Petzold’s standout 9.900.
 
“I knew we had the potential to score 195.000 but we had to get 9.700s,” said Reighard. “I gave them the green light and told them to go for it and great things happened. It was a good day for CMU.”
 
Next weekend, Central Michigan will return to McGuirk Arena for the showcase home event of the 2013 season. On Friday, Feb. 8, the gymnastics and wrestling programs will come together for the Royal Rumble and Tumble. Gymnastics will face Northern Illinois while the wrestling squad battles Eastern Michigan in an extravaganza that features both teams competing simultaneously on the same floor. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Fans that "Like" CMU Athletics' Facebook Page can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of just $3 through February 6.
 
Eastern Michigan 
CHICAGO, Ill.  –  The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team and the Central Michigan University gymnastics team combined for a score of 388.725 to defeat the Illinois schools of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, 388.725-385.90.
 
The Eagles finished third with their individual team score of 192.850. Central Michigan took first individually with a mark of 195.875. Illinois State scored 194.100 to take second, and UIC finished fourth with a 192.800.
 
EMU's best event of the night came on the vault where the Eagles scored 49.025
 
Anna Willette once again led the Eagles in two events with a pair of third place finishes. On the vault, the Pylesville, Md. native recorded a career-high 9.875 while scoring a 9.800 on the bars.
 
Brittany Cassar and Kaylee Meyers both tallied 9.700 on the beam for Eastern. Freshman Khadijah Hudson tied her career high with a 9.800 on the vault to lead the Green and White.
 
Eastern will return to Bowen Field House Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for a Mid-American Conference tilt against the Ball State University Cardinals.


Kent State 
The Kent State Women's Gymnastic team traveled to Bowling Green to take down the Falcon's in a conference meet by a score of 195.800-193.825. The defeat earns the Flashes their best conference start since the 2010 season. The Flashes move on to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference. 

Coming off of an impressive showing at their home opener last week, the Flashes continued their dominance in the MAC. Junior Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) set a new personal best in the all-around sweeping the competition with a 39.450. She took top honors in both the floor and balance beam with 9.925 on both events. On both, vault and uneven bars, Case scored a 9.800 earning her a fifth and second place  finish in the events.
 
Sophomore Chelsea Drooger took top honors on the vault again for the second week in a row for Kent State. Not to be out-done, however, sophomore Whitnee Johnson tied the mark set by Drooger and the two shared the first place finish in the event. Both girls set new personal best, 9.875, improving from their previous 9.850.
 
Senior Rachel Guida proved to be a strong competitor also, earning a 9.850 to beat out the other gymnasts on the uneven bars. She placed first over her teammate, Case, and added a 9.800 to the Flashes totals on vault as well.
 
Kent State will return home to compete Friday, February 8thagainst Rutgers. The gymnasts will be sharing the gym floor in unique Beauty and the Beast dual-meet with the wrestling team. The event is set to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to sell-out. 


Northern Illinois 
DeKALB, Ill. - Every point and tenth of a point counted for the Northern Illinois Gymnastics team Saturday as the Huskies edged Southeast Missouri, 192.875-192.775, to earn their third victory of the season.

NIU, which has made a habit of winning close meets by coming from behind at home so far in 2013, needed its best floor score of the season to overtake SEMO and improve its overall record to 3-1. The Huskies are 3-0 at home with the three victories recorded by just .475 points.
 
Saturday's win was by the smallest margin of the season, and NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale would like to see the Huskies earn a little more separation.
 
"The fact we're able to pull these close meets out shows that we're doing a lot of things well, but we're just not quite putting it all together," Morreale said. "It's nothing to panic about, nothing to get worked up about, but we need to get over the hump. Some of our issues are coming in the same places, so we're going to take a look at that and reevaluate some of that."
 
Northern Illinois trailed Southeast Missouri by .850 going into the final rotation Saturday. On floor exercise, a strength of the Huskie team all year, the floor squad put together its best collective total of the season with a 48.850. Meanwhile, SEMO scored a 47.900 on balance beam, allowing NIU to claim the win.
 
Senior Natalie Sutter (Barberton, Ohio/Coventry HS) closed out the meet for NIU with a 9.825 on floor to win the event and post the highest score of the meet on any event. Sutter also took the all-around title with a career-high 38.850, placing third on uneven parallel bars and on balance beam with scores of 9.700 on those events.
 
"Natalie had a huge all-around," Morreale said. "She was `on' all day, although she didn't have the best warm up. Kim Gotlund put together four solid routines and putting Megan Melendez in the vault line-up is going to help that event in the long run. Amanda Stepp had another good day, she's really come into her own this season."
 
Melendez (Stafford, Va./North Stafford HS) tied for first on uneven parallel bars and on balance beam, earning a 9.750 on bars and a 9.775 on beam. She won the titles on both events for the second straight meet and added a 9.650 in her first career vault. Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) tied her season-best all-around performance with a 38.750, including a 9.775 on floor exercise to tie for third place. Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) recorded a season-high 9.800 on floor exercise.
 
The Huskies' once again counted a miss on both bars and balance beam, but overcame the miscues to earn the win. Morreale said while analyzing the reasons for the misses, he admires the focus his team displays in overcoming adversity and finishing the meet.
 
"We have a lot of the right pieces, a lot of kids doing the right things, we've got to get out of our own way," Morreale said. "Sometimes you can have too much adrenaline and we want to do so well that can have a negative effect on some events. We train really well so it's tapping into the same way we practice and bringing that to the meets. I feel good about where we're going and the way we are able to stay focused through the end of the meet."
 
NIU's 192.875 score was its highest team total of the season. The Huskies return to Mid-American Conference competition Friday as they take on Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant. Northern Illinois' next home meet is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. versus Kent State.


Western Michigan 
MORGANTOWN-W.V.- The No. 32 ranked Western Michigan gymnastics team went head-to-head with No. 2 Oklahoma and two of the other top programs in the nation at West Virginia Friday.

The Soooners (10-0, 1-0 Big 12) won the meet with an overall season-best 197.375 and were followed by host WVU's 196.050. The Broncos (4-3, 1-1 MAC) took third with a 192.475, ahead of William & Mary (1-5) with a 192.225.
 
"It was a great experience being in the gym with No. 2 Oklahoma and West Virginia," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "Unfortunately, we counted some untimely falls. We will learn from our errors and be a better team in the future."
 
Big-12 powerhouse OU entered the meet with a season average of 196.938, and scored season bests on vault, beam and floor, on its way to posting its second highest program Big-12 score in team history.
 
While the competition was stiff, WMU continued to make strides. Senior uneven bars specialist Caroline O'Brien placed third individually with a 9.850 and first-year transfer Shelby MacDonald tied for sixth with a 9.800.
 
Freshman Kayla Weber was WMU's top placer on vault, taking 12th with a 9.675. Junior Kelsey Turnquist finished 10th on the balance beam with a 9.800. O'Brien and sophomore Michelle Adams tied for 11th on floor with a 9.775.
 
As a team, WMU scored a 47.725 on vault, 48.400 on bars, 48.450 on beam and 47.900 on floor.
 
Western Michigan next travels to Mid-American Conference foe Ball State, Feb. 15. The Broncos then return to Kalamazoo to host rival Central Michigan, Feb. 24.