Ball State's gymnastics team ended its five match winning streak and suffered its first Mid-American Conference loss to Western Michigan by a narrow 194.20 to 193.275 margin.
Brooke Evans and Denasiha Christian tied for first on the vault with a pair of 9.70s, while Christian also tied for first on the floor with a 9.85 mark. Angie Hosbach won the beam with a 9.875, and Brittney Emmons tied with Christian on the floor.
Hosbach's mark on the beam ties for the fifth best mark in Ball State history.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.
Hosbach also finished third on the bars after posting a 9.825, while Brooklyn Schumacher was fourth with a 9.75.
Samantha Santos was third on the beam with a 9.825, while Hosbach tied for third on the floor with a 9.825.
Ball State's 49.050 team score on the floor -- its final event of the meet -- tied for the 10th best team mark in school history, but was not enough to overcome the team's deficit after the first two events.
The Cardinals fell behind 97.075 to 95.900 after two events, but defeated the Broncos on the beam and floor to close the gap.
Ball State will travel to Bowling Green Friday as it continues MAC action. Eastern Michigan will also be at the three-way meet, but will not count as a league match for the Cardinals.
Raleigh, N.C. - The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team totaled a 193.300 across four events at the Sweetheart Invitational to finish sixth. After a rough start on beam, the Falcons rolled to a season-best 49.125 on floor, led by Megan Harrington and Gina Locigno, who each posted 9.875. Bowling Green finished with solid, but not spectacular rotations on vault and uneven bars.
Individually, Harrington finished third all-around with a career-high 39.000. Her all-around performance was the fourth-best in school history and the finest since 2004.
Host N.C. State came away with the win, scoring 195.675 to narrowly defeat North Carolina (195.550). Pittsburgh (194.750), George Washington (193.950), William & Mary (193.650) and Bowling Green rounded out the field.
The Falcons began on beam, where the team ran into trouble early with three gymnasts coming off the equipment. Harrington and Jamilah Ali steadied the ship late in the lineup, scoring 9.7 each. Counting two falls, Bowling Green started the meet with a dismal 47.425.
After a bye, the Falcons came roaring back on floor exercise. Every gymnast hit, with season highs coming for Harrington (9.875), Locigno (9.875), Nocella (9.85) and Valentini (9.775). The total of 49.125 was the highest BGSU has scored on any event this season. Harrington and Locigno tied for third overall, in a field of 36 gymnasts.
The Falcons were steady on vault, despite competing only five gymnasts. Harrington, Sunny Marchand and Nocella led the way, scoring 9.725 for an overall score of 48.400.
On the final event, the Falcons rebounded with six steady routines on the uneven bars. Caroline Ellingboe hit for a 9.775, followed by Harrington (9.7), Nocella (9.675), Ali (9.625) and Koch (9.575). The team scored 48.350 on the final event to close out the meet - a step toward the Mid-American Conference Championships in late March.
The Falcons return home for their next meet, a tri-meet featuring MAC opponents Ball State and Eastern Michigan. The meet will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Anderson Arena.
KENT, Ohio – The No. 24 Central Michigan gymnastics team rallied to pull within .025 of No. 22 Kent State with one rotation remaining but the Chippewas were forced to count two falls in its final event and dropped a 196.050-194.900 decision to the Golden Flashes on Friday night at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.
CMU gymnasts won a share of one event title and claimed another outright to highlight the road outing. Sophomore Kylie Fagan tied for first place in the uneven bars, posting a career high score of 9.900. Junior Emily Heinz also recorded a personal best in her title win, topping the field in the balance beam with a score of 9.875.
The Chippewas started on solid footing, scoring a respectable 48.925 in the uneven bars, but found itself down after one rotation, as KSU tallied a 49.125 in the vault. In addition to Fagan’s title-winning performance, junior Brittany Petzold was locked in, placing fourth with a season-high score of 9.850.
The same pattern unfolded in the second rotation, as CMU moved to vault. The Chippewas scored a 48.825, the team’s second highest of the season, but Kent State extended its lead by surpassing the 49.000 threshold again, this time in the uneven bars. Senior Meaghan McWhorter led Central in the vault, scoring a 9.850, to tie for second place while the Petzold sisters, each registered 9.800s.
Kent State faltered a bit in third rotation and CMU took advantage. As the Golden Flashes stumbled on beam, the Chippewas pulled within striking distance with a solid floor exercise set. Senior Emily LaFontaine and sophomore Halle Moraw each scored a 9.850 to headline Central’s line-up.
As CMU headed to balance beam, it was positioned to potentially overtake Kent State with a strong effort.
“We had three great beam routines and three not-so-great routines,” said CMU head coach Jerry Reighard. “We had closed the gap but we started pressing. And beam is not the event in which you can do that.”
CMU still was able to take the top three spots in the beam, with sophomores Becca Druien (9.850) and Taylor Noonan (9.825) finishing behind Heinz in the standings.
“All in all, we need to work harder,” said Reighard. “There is no doubt in my mind. We picked the worst places to not stick landings. They did, so the credit goes to them. That was the difference.”
Central Michigan remains on the road next weekend, traveling to Kalamazoo to face rival Western Michigan. The Chippewas and the Broncos will meet on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at University Arena in Read Fieldhouse. CMU has more wins, 66, against Western Michigan than any other opponent in program history, including two last season
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Nearly 4,000 miles away from home and a four hour time difference proved to be non-factors as the Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team defeated the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, 193.350-192.850, at Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Feb. 17.
The Eagles (2-5) trailed to start the meet as UAA (4-5) recorded a 48.500 on the vault while EMU tallied 48.375 on the bars. However, the Green and White claimed the lead after an impressive 48.800 on the vault as the Seawolves could only muster 48.100 on the bars. In the third wave, Eastern competed on the floor, increasing its lead to 145.900-145.125, and the host team could not mount a comeback on the final wave, giving EMU its second victory of the season.
Sophomore Anna Willette led the Eagles in all three events she competed in during the meet. The Pylesville, Md. native tied career-highs on the vault with a 9.875 as well as a 9.825 on the balance beam to take first-place in both events. Willette also paced EMU on the uneven parallel bars, finishing runner-up with a mark of 9.750.
For the first time this season, EMU had a gymnast compete in every event as Khadijah Hudson won the all around competition with a score of 38.600. The freshman claimed victory in the floor exercise after tying her personal-best mark of 9.850. A career-high 9.725 on the bars along with a 9.800 on the vault was good enough for a pair of third place finishes.
While the vault provided the best team score for EMU, the Eagles swept the top five spots on the floor. After Hudson's 9.850, seniors Amanda Fuller and Kristina Kurkmilis finished second and third, tallying 9.800 and 9.750, respectively. Junior Chantelle Loehner placed fourth, tying her personal-best with a 9.725, and Paulina Miller's mark of 9.600 positioned her in fifth place.
The EMU gymnasts will return to action Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Bowling Green Invitational to take on conference foes Bowling Green State University and Ball State University for both the second time this season. The meet will begin at 4 p.m.
The Kent State Gymnastics squad took home a victory over No. 24 Central Michigan, their chief rival in-conference, when they extended their lead after a fantastic rotation on the floor exercise that kept them ahead 196.050-194.900.
Junior Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) once again led the way for the Flashes by posting the best all-around performance of the day when her scores totalled 39.025. Case took home first for her team on the floor exercise when she posted a 9.900. She also finished fifth on the uneven bars with a 9.800, eigth on the balance beam with a 9.600, and eigth on the vault 9.725.
Senior Lindsay Runyan (Maineville, Ohio) gave Kent State a split on the uneven bars when she tied for first with Central Michigan's Kylie Fagen when they posted the score of 9.900. Runyan also finished fourth on the balance beam with a 9.775.
Senior Lauren Wozniak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the vault when she earned a 9.900 from the judges. In addition to the vault, Wozniak also competed on the balance beam where she finished fourth with a score of 9.775, and in the floor exercise where she finished second on a score of 9.875.
Other strong performances of the night came from senior Rachel Guida (Cumberland, R.I.), freshman Nicolle Eastman (Burton, Mich.), and Katlin Isaacs (Mount Airy, N.C.). Guida received a 9.875 on the uneven bars while Eastman and Isaacs both earned a 9.875 on the floor exercise.
Kent State will return to the floor next weekend when they visit Northern Illinois Saturday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m.
AMES, Iowa - Northern Illinois continued its upward trend to the 2013 season by earning its season-best team score for the second consecutive meet with a 194.375 Friday night versus Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. After topping the 194-point total for the first time last Friday at Central Michigan, the Huskies went .350 higher Friday while hitting all 24 of its routines.
The Huskies 194.375 total was not enough to overcome the Cyclones' season-best 195.175 score as Northern Illinois fell to 3-3 on the season. ISU improved its season mark to 3-5.
"It was a cool venue playing in their big arena, with a nice crowd so it was great experience for us that we'll be able to take forward," said NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale. "We hit bars and that got us started. It's like anything, once you get that good start everything flows. Then we went to vault and Jaelyn Olsenhit a beautiful vault that she owned."
On vault, freshman Jaelyn Olsen (Bethany, Okla./Putnam City West HS), the Huskies' top vaulter this season, unleashed arguably the best vault by a Northern Illinois gymnast in four years as her full twisting yurchenko scored a 9.875 from the judges. That tied as the seventh-highest scoring vault in school history and earned the best mark since NIU's Holly Reichard recorded a 9.875 on the event versus Eastern Michigan on Jan. 25, 2009.
Olsen easily won the vault event, while Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) claimed the all-around title with a team season best 38.900. After scoring a career-best 9.775 on uneven parallel bars on the Huskies' first rotation, the junior from Wadsworth, Illinois added 9.775s on both balance beam and floor exercise. Gotlund took fourth place on all three events. Her bars and beam scores were career highs, while her 9.775 on floor tied her season best on that event
In addition to Gotlund's night, four more Huskies had career performances at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum. NIU junior Natasha Jufko (Spring Hill, Fla./Pasco-Hernando HS) took second place on balance beam with a routine that scored a 9.850. Megan Melendez (Stafford, Va./North Stafford HS) tied her top mark on bars with a 9.800 to take third place and added a 9.775 on balance beam. Natalie Sutter's (Barberton, Ohio/Coventry HS) 9.750 on uneven parallel bars tied her best score on that apparatus for fifth place. Sutter tallied a 38.700 all-around score to place third with her second-highest total of the season and of her career.
As a team, NIU earned its season-best score for the second straight meet as Northern Illinois did not count a "miss" all night. The Huskies scored a 48.775 on balance beam for its top scoring event, just slightly better than NIU's 48.675 on floor exercise. In addition to Gotlund's 9.775, Amanda Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) recorded a 9.750 on floor that Morreale said was as good as any he has seen from her. NIU totaled a 48.550 on bars with Melendez, Gotlund and Sutter pacing the Huskies on the event. Northern Illinois earned a solid 48.375 on vault.
"This was one of the first 24 for 24 meets I can remember," Morreale said. "We're extremely happy with the performance. Everybody stepped up and did their jobs. We really felt the scores could have been even higher, especially on floor and vault. We finished great on last event, balance beam, which is good to see that we can be that strong at the end of a meet and we feel like we are going to keep improving on vault. We like the direction we're going."
Northern Illinois returns home to take on No. 22 Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Victor E. Court. The meet will be the second half of a doubleheader with the Huskie men's basketball team
MUNCIE, Ind.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team handed Ball State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season, defeating the Cardinals on the road Friday, 194.200 to 193.275.
The Cardinals entered the meet riding five straight wins, including a 3-0 mark in the MAC. It was also Ball State's first home loss of the season.
"This was a big win on the road against team that was undefeated in the MAC," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "I couldn't be more proud of the women on this team. They truly showed that Broncos have heart. It was as tough as we have ever been."
Senior Caroline O'Brien tied the second highest score in program history on the uneven bars, placing first with a career-high 9.900. O'Brien was 17th in the nation on bar's in this past week's GymInfo rankings.
O'Brien also had a big night on floor exercise and the balance beam, finishing third on floor with a 9.825 and fourth on beam with a 9.800.
Sophomore Shelby Pflug and freshman Kayla Weber joined O'Brien as individual champions. Pflug tied for first on vault with a 9.700 and Weber tied for first on beam with a 9.875. Junior transfer Shelby MacDonald was runner-up on bars, scoring a 9.850. Weber edged out Ball State's Brittney Emmons as the top all-arounder, totaling a 38.475.
The victory improved Western Michigan to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in conference competition. BSU fell to 5-3 and 3-1 in the MAC.
WMU has won its last four meets against Ball State, dating back to 2010.
The Broncos return to University Arena for their first home meet in over a month, Feb. 24, hosting rival Central Michigan, Sunday, Feb. 24, on Girl Scouts' Day at 1 p.m.