MAC Gymnastics Weekend Results

Updated 2/25/2013

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments 

Ball State 
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Ball State's gymnastics team suffered losses to Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan Saturday to fall to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference.
 
The Cardinals tallied a 192.775, while Bowling Green managed a 194.525 and Eastern Michigan scored a 193.350.  The score vs. Eastern Michigan did not count as a conference event.
 
Brittney Emmons, who placed sixth in the all-around with a 38.125, finished second on the vault with a 9.850 mark.  Brooke Evans was fifth on the vault with a 9.80, while Nicole Allen and Denasiha Christian tied for sixth with a pair of 9.75s.
 
Brooklyn Schumacher was Ball State's top competitor on the bars and tied for third with a 9.625.  Emmons tied for sixth with a 9.60.
 
Angie Hosbach led the Cardinals on the beam with a 9.775 and tied for third.
 
Christian finished fourth on the floor with a 9.85 mark.
 
Ball State will return to action Friday at Kent State in a 7 p.m. MAC meet.  The Cardinals final home meet of the year will be Sun., March 3, with its Senior Day Meet at 2 p.m. vs. Kentucky in Irving Gym of Ball State's Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
 
Bowling Green
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team posted its highest score since 2005 to earn a tri-meet victory over Mid-American Conference rivals Ball State and Eastern Michigan Saturday in Anderson Arena.  The Falcons hit all four events to finish with a 194.525, winning comfortably over second-place EMU (193.350) and Ball State (192.775).
 
The Falcons finished the meet with season-best scores on balance beam (48.725) and floor exercise (49.300) to win in brilliant fashion. Megan Harrington won the all-around (38.900), and tied for first place on balance beam with Gina Locigno (9.825) and first on floor exercise with Alyssa Nocella (9.9). Jamilah Ali won the vault crown with a career-high 9.875, while Amanda Lievendag won her fifth uneven bars title of the year with a 9.85, completing a BGSU sweep of the awards stand.
 
"We were all shaking we were so excited at the end of the meet," said head coach Kerrie Beach. "It was so rewarding to see them start strong on vault and keep it going the whole meet. And then to finish on floor with that 49.3 - it was just the most thrilling moment. These girls were so ready to put a whole meet together."
 
The Falcons opened with a clean 48.575 showing on vault, led by Ali. Despite a fall from Locigno in the first slot, the team rallied to produce five strong efforts, with Sunny Marchand (9.825) and Ali scoring career highs in the process.
 
Bowling Green had a narrow lead over EMU after the first event, as the Eagles put together a solid 48.450 on balance beam. Ball State started with a disastrous 47.3 on uneven bars.
 
The Falcons next moved to bars, where scores slumped into the 9.4-9.6 range until Lievendag hit her best routine of the year (ending with a stuck double layout dismount) to win the event. A 47.925 total put the Falcons behind EMU, who cruised to a 48.5 on floor exercise. The Eagles held a 96.950-96.500 lead at the halfway mark.
 
BGSU easily could've given away the meet on balance beam, as lead-off performer Caroline Ellingboe suffered a fall to start the third rotation. Instead, the Falcons answered with their finest beam performance of the year - a hard-fought 48.725. Despite enormous pressure, Locigno and Harrington hit for career-high 9.825 scores. Strong routines from Nocella (9.75), Maria Salvia (9.725) and Ali (9.6) helped Bowling Green stay competitive heading into the last event.
 
EMU posted a 48.525 on vault to close the gap to just .250 between the Eagles and the Falcons. Ball State mounted a comeback of its own on floor exercise, hitting for a 48.7 to move back into contention.
 
The Falcons were unflappable on floor exercise, leaving no doubt as to which team would come out on top. Bowling Green tumbled to a season-best 49.3, led by career-high scores from Harrington (9.9), Nocella (9.9) and Ali (9.875). All six gymnasts hit confident routines, with Locigno (9.825), Megan Valentini (9.8) and Ellingboe (9.725) rounding out a stellar performance.
 
EMU could only manage a 47.875 on bars in the final rotation, giving away its lead over the Falcons and nearly falling to Ball State as well, as the Cardinals hit a meet-high 48.8 on vault to end their night.
 
The 194.525 score was the highest of Beach's tenure as head coach, after taking over the program in 2008. She praised her beam lineup for turning the corner, after struggling to three falls last week at the Sweetheart Invitational.
 
"It was so exciting because tonight we hit our beam routines," Beach said. "There were a lot of stuck dismounts and not a lot of wobbles. The energy was really good and it carried over to floor after that. It's awesome to see them do so well."
 
Bowling Green improves its overall record to 4-9 (2-2 MAC) with the tri-meet victory.
 
The Falcons now ready for another tough road stand, facing Central Michigan (March 2) and Kentucky (March 8) in away competition, before returning to Anderson Arena for the final home meet of the year against Western Michigan on March 16.

 

Central Michigan 
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Central Michigan gymnastics team answered the bell on Sunday afternoon, tying its season high team score of 195.875 to soundly defeat archrival Western Michigan (193.250) in Kalamazoo and gain a key MAC victory.  
 
“I am really proud of the team,” said CMU head coach Jerry Reighard. “We had just a different composure today. We were more relaxed, even in warm-ups. I think what happened at Kent State really helped us mature. I think today’s effort stemmed from a combination of both of those things.”
 
For the first time this season, the Chippewas topped the 49.000 plateau in three events (vault, uneven bars, and balance beam). CMU won all four events as a team and set a season high in the floor exercise (49.000). Individually, senior Meaghan McWhorter (vault) and sophomore Taylor Noonan (balance beam) captured titles outright while junior Emily LaFontaine and sophomore Kylie Fagan shared first place in the uneven bars. Junior Brittany Petzold took the all-around, totaling a 39.075 to equal her season best score.
 
CMU started strong, scoring a 49.025 in the uneven bars. For Fagan, the title win was her fifth of the season in the event while the pair’s identical score of 9.850 was a career high for LaFontaine. 
 
In the second rotation, senior McWhorter stepped to the forefront to headline the CMU vault line-up. Her score of 9.900 tied her career high, set in 2012 at the MAC Championships, and also matched the team season best established by freshman Kirsten Petzold at the Illinois-Michigan Challenge. Petzold finished a close second, earning a 9.875 while her sister, Brittany, finished in fourth with score of 9.800.
 
The third rotation featured CMU in the floor exercise. While a Central competitor did not win the event, the Chippewas claimed the next five spots in the standings. LaFontaine was CMU’s highest scorer (9.850) and was followed in succession by junior Emily Heinz and sophomore Becca Druien, who each recorded a 9.800, and Brittany Petzold and sophomore Halle Moraw (9.775).

CMU sewed up the team’s second MAC victory of the season on the balance beam, totaling a 48.750. Noonan secured her second beam title of the season by scoring a 9.875 while Moraw took second (9.825), her third top three finish of 2012 in the event. 
 
The road-tested Chippewas will return home next weekend to the familiar confines of McGuirk Arena, hosting Bowling Green in a dual meet scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Highlighting the day off the competition 
floor, the 1993 and 2003 gymnastics squads will return to celebrate their 10- and 20-year reunions. Also, all gymnastics campers will be welcomed back to the CMU campus for the MAC clash. Following the meet, sophomore Preslee Harrald and freshmen Megan Lamphere and Taylor Bolender will be available for autographs in the concourse.
 
Eastern Michigan 
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  –  The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team finished runner-up in the Bowling Green Invitational, Feb. 23, a meet between three Mid-American conference schools that did not count against conference records.
 
The Eagles recorded a 193.350 to take second in the battle of the birds. The host Falcons won the meet with a score of 194.525 while the Cardinals of Ball State tallied 192.775. EMU continued the trend of catching teams on its best meets of the season as BGSU's score was its highest since 2005.
 
Freshman Khadijah Hudson tied for second in the all around in just her second time competing in each event during a meet through her EMU career. Hudson's score of 38.800, a personal best, was just 0.100 behind BGSU's Megan Harrington who took the victory with a 38.900. Hudson also paced the Eagles on the balance beam and floor exercise, tallying a career-high 9.775 on the beam for third place while recording a 9.825 on the floor to finish fifth. Also on the floor, Chantelle Loehner turned in a personal-best with a 9.725.
 
Anna Willette led the Green and White on the vault with a third-place score of 9.825. Carrina Lo Bello soared through the air as the best EMU gymnast on the bars with a runner-up finish of 9.675.
 
For the first time this season, the EMU gymnasts will hit the road for a pair of dual meets next weekend. First on the schedule, the Green and White will tangle with Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill., March 2, in search of its first conference victory of the season. The Eagles will then travel south for a Sunday afternoon tilt against Southeast Missouri State University, March 3, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

 

Kent State
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DEKALB, Ill. --The Kent State Gymnastics team took down another Mid-American Conference opponent Saturday, February 23 in DeKalb, Ill. Posting a 195.800, the Flashes (8-2; 4-0) defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-4; 1-3) who scored a 194.350. Not only does the meet push Kent State to a six-meet winning streak, but they also stay undefeated in conference play.

Competing in her first uneven bars event of the season, sophomore Whitnee Johnson really helped lead the Golden Flashes to victory. She pulled in a 9.825 on the event placing second and falling only to her Kent State counterpart, senior Rachel Guida. By entering the rotation, Johnson made herself eligible for her first All-Around title of the season and in her debut, she tallied her career best, 39.150. 
 
Guida, who is tied for eighth in the country, topped Johnson in the uneven bars with another 9.900, a score she is becoming very comfortable with. She also captured the top spot in the vault competition, scoring a 9.875. That very score was good enough for a new career-best, as she overcame the 9.825 that had been her personal best prior.
 
Junior Marie Case lead the Golden Flashes in a crucial final rotation on the balance beam. While she is used to dominating the all-around competition, she took a night off to focus on the individual event and the move paid off. Case scored a 9.900, her second highest score of the season, behind her 9.925 at Bowling Green in the beginning of February. 
 
Kent State will return home to compete Friday, March 1 against Ball State. This meet will mark the sixth annual "Flip for the Cure" meet the Flashes have hosted. It serves as a marquee event both on campus and in the community to unite members in helping women of the area defeat the deadly disease. The meet is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
 
Northern Illinois
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DeKALB, Ill. - There were plenty of positives to take from Northern Illinois' 195.800-194.350 gymnastics loss to No. 21 ranked Kent State Saturday, including eight scores of 9.8 or higher from seven different gymnasts, the second-highest floor score in team history and a host of career-best performances.
 
Northern Illinois surpassed the 194-point mark for the third time in as many weeks, despite counting a pair of misses on uneven parallel bars, in falling to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference. Kent State improved its record to 8-2 overall, 4-0 in the MAC.
 
Even with the score differential, NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale was encouraged by the Huskies' showing versus arguably its three toughest opponents this season over the last three weeks.
 
"These last three meets have given us a great chance to compare ourselves to the class of the MAC (Central Michigan and Kent State) and to a perennial regional team from the Big 12 (Iowa State) and what we found is that there is not that much difference between us and them," Morreale said. "Honestly, after today, I feel we can compete with [Kent State]. If we hit bars, it's a different meet going into the last rotation. I don't know if we win but it would have put a little pressure on them and made it interesting."
 
Northern Illinois actually outscored Kent State on floor exercise 49.200-48.775 as the Huskies tied their second-highest floor score in school history. Senior Marisa Liptak (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick HS) led the way with a 9.875 to win the event, and Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) and Natalie Sutter (Barberton, Ohio/Coventry HS) tied for second with 9.850s. Peyton Taylor (Bloomington, Ill./Normal University HS) added a 9.825 and Amanda Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) scored a 9.800 to account for the Huskies' best floor total since 2004. 
 
"Floor is a good event for us, it will always be a good event for us," Morreale said. "We are a very confident team on floor and balance beam. You get into a nice rhythm where everything is going well and it builds."
Morreale was encouraged to see the Huskies come back from its performance on bars, where NIU tallied just a 47.875 team score compared to KSU's 48.900. Of the 1.45-point margin of victory by Kent State, 1.25 was accounted for on uneven parallel bars.
 
"Considering our hiccup on bars today, I think we were shocked to go 194," Morreale said. "What's happening is we are getting so much better on our other three events that we can get past it and still post a good team score."
 
NIU also tied its team season high, and the 10th-highest team balance beam score in school history, with a 48.800 behind a 9.825 by Natasha Jufko (Spring Hill, Fla./Pasco-Hernando HS), which tied for second place, and Gotlund's career-high 9.800. Gotlund added a 9.700 on bars and a 9.675 on vault to total a career-best 39.025 all-around score.
 
"It was great to see Kim get the 39 on the all-around and we've been working to get her that 9.8 on floor too," Morreale said. "I think almost everyone on this team feels like they can score 9.8 and higher. They know they are that good."
 
Freshman Jaelyn Olsen (Bethany, Okla./Putnam City West HS) scored a 9.800 on vault to tie for third place to account for the first 9.8 of the meet for the Huskies.
 
NIU plays host to Eastern Michigan on Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in its last home meet of the 2013 season. The Huskies will honor seniors Liptak and Sutter prior to the competition.

 

Western Michigan 
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KALAMAZOO, Mich
. – The Central Michigan gymnastics team answered the bell on Sunday afternoon, tying its season high team score of 195.875 to soundly defeat archrival Western Michigan (193.250) in Kalamazoo and gain a key MAC victory.

“I am really proud of the team,” said CMU head coach Jerry Reighard. “We had just a different composure today. We were more relaxed, even in warm-ups. I think what happened at Kent State really helped us mature. I think today’s effort stemmed from a combination of both of those things.

For the first time this season, the Chippewas topped the 49.000 plateau in three events (vault, uneven bars, and balance beam). CMU won all four events as a team and set a season high in the floor exercise (49.000). Individually, senior Meaghan McWhorter (vault) and sophomore Taylor Noonan (balance beam) captured titles outright while junior Emily LaFontaine and sophomore Kylie Fagan shared first place in the uneven bars. Junior Brittany Petzold took the all-around, totaling a 39.075 to equal her season best score.

CMU started strong, scoring a 49.025 in the uneven bars. For Fagan, the title win was her fifth of the season in the event while the pair’s identical score of 9.850 was a career high for LaFontaine.

In the second rotation, senior McWhorter stepped to the forefront to headline the CMU vault line-up. Her score of 9.900 tied her career high, set in 2012 at the MAC Championships, and also matched the team season best established by freshman Kirsten Petzold at the Illinois-Michigan Challenge. Petzold finished a close second, earning a 9.875 while her sister, Brittany, finished in fourth with score of 9.800.

The third rotation featured CMU in the floor exercise. While a Central competitor did not win the event, the Chippewas claimed the next five spots in the standings. LaFontaine was CMU’s highest scorer (9.850) and was followed in succession by junior Emily Heinz and sophomore Becca Druien, who each recorded a 9.800, and Brittany Petzold and sophomore Halle Moraw (9.775).

CMU sewed up the team’s second MAC victory of the season on the balance beam, totaling a 48.750. Noonan secured her second beam title of the season by scoring a 9.875 while Moraw took second (9.825), her third top three finish of 2012 in the event.

The road-tested Chippewas will return home next weekend to the familiar confines of McGuirk Arena, hosting Bowling Green in a dual meet scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Highlighting the day off the competition floor, the 1993 and 2003 gymnastics squads will return to celebrate their 10- and 20-year reunions. Also, all gymnastics campers will be welcomed back to the CMU campus for the MAC clash. Following the meet, sophomore Preslee Harrald and freshmen Megan Lamphere and Taylor Bolender will be available for autographs in the concourse.