MAC Gymnastics Weekend Results

Updated 3/4/2013

 

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Ball State
Ball State's gymnastics team suffered a 196.500 to 194.150 loss at home to Kentucky Sunday in Irving Gym of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
 
The final team score for the Cardinals marked the 24th best team total in school history, while UK set a school record with its final tally.
 
With the loss, Ball State falls to 5-7 overall.  The Cardinals are 3-3 in Mid-American Conference action this season.
 
Brooklyn Schumacher turned in the team's top individual performance with a tie for second on the bars with a 9.850 mark.
 
Brittney Emmons tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 plus tied for third on the floor with a 9.80 mark and tied for fifth on the vault with a 9.75.
 
Denasiha Christian tied Emmons on the floor with an identical 9.80.
 
Brooke Evans, Nicole Allen and Emmons all tied for fifth on the vault with 9.750 marks.
 
Sam Santos and Leah Wilson tied for fourth on the beam with 9.80 scores.
 
Ball State will compete at Illinois Sunday against the Illini and Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m.
 
Bowling Green
196.025 Central Michigan, 194.500 Bowling Green 

Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team competed well on Saturday, nearly posting a season high in a loss to Central Michigan, 196.025-194.500.
 
The Falcons were led by career-best all-around performances from Megan Harrington (39.025) and Jamilah Ali (39.0), who finished second and third behind CMU's Brittany Petzold (39.400). 
 
Bowling Green began the meet on uneven bars with a steady 48.375. Alyssa Nocella and Caroline Ellingboe led the way with scores of 9.775 - a career-best mark for Nocella. Harrington (9.7), Gina Locigno (9.6) and Ali (9.525) rounded out the lineup with solid routines.
 
Locigno then ignited the vault lineup, landing a brand new vault (Yurchenko layout half) and scoring a career-best 9.75 as the first performer. From there, the Falcons counted a 9.75 from Nocella, 9.775 from Sunny Marchand, 9.75 from Amanda Lievendag and 9.825 from Ali.
 
A score of 97.225 at the halfway point put the Falcons a little more than a point behind the Chippewas, who started hot with a 98.425 total on vault and bars.
 
The Falcons took advantage of CMU counting a fall on beam, hitting a 49.0 on floor exercise - the team's third-straight score above 49 on the event. Nocella posted the high score of 9.85 to tie for first place, while Ellingboe (9.75), Ali (9.775), Locigno (9.8) and Harrington (9.825) hit to lessen the lead held by CMU.
 
Ending on balance beam, the Falcons ran into trouble with Maria Salvia and Nocella falling from the apparatus. Ellingboe led off with a 9.625, and Locigno (9.775), Harrington (9.8) and Ali (9.875) were spot-on to lead the Falcons to a 48.275 on the most precarious event.
 
The Chippewas came through on floor with a 49.150, breaking 196 for the first time this season to earn the win. While the Falcons suffered a loss, a second-straight score above 194.500 will improve the team's regional qualifying score heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
 
The Falcons stay on the road next weekend, facing No. 21 Kentucky on Friday. The team then returns to Anderson Arena on March 16 for its final home meet against Western Michigan, before heading to the Mid-American Conference Championships.
 

Central Michigan 
196.025 Central Michigan, 194.500 Bowling Green
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan gymnastics team attained one of its major season goals on Saturday afternoon, breaking the 196.000 barrier in a commanding 196.125-194.500 defeat of Bowling Green in McGuirk Arena. The win was the Chippewas second straight in MAC competition, after having soundly dispatched rival Western Michigan last weekend in Kalamazoo.

“This is an exceptional day for CMU gymnastics,” said head coach Jerry Reighard. “I told the team that they just became a part of CMU gymnastics history. We have been trying to reach this threshold the last three years. It's just a great feeling and it’s a great accomplishment for these young women.”
 
CMU won all four events as a team, setting season highs in the uneven bars (49.175) and the floor exercise (49.150), and scored above a 49.000 in three events for the second consecutive week. Individually, Central was just as dominant. Not only did it secure the top spot in every event but two Chippewas tied for first place in three of the four events. 
 
Brittany Petzold demonstrated the form that made her the 2012 MAC all-around champion, totaling a 39.400, to claim the crown. The junior tied for first in the vault (9.875), the uneven bars (9.875), and the floor exercise (9.850). 
 
“As far as I am concerned, she just reclaimed the Mid-American Conference all-around championship,” Reighard said. “That is the highest score posted to date by an all-arounder. It wasn’t easy. She doesn’t get to do the numbers she is accustomed to and that’s been a real adjustment for her. But a great day for her in every event.”
 
Other event winners were junior Emily Heinz (vault and balance beam), sophomore Kylie Fagan (uneven bars), and sophomore Taylor Noonan (balance beam).
 
CMU started the meet strong, recording a 49.250 in the vault, the team’s highest event score of the day. Sophomore Tori Garcia ignited the Chippewas for the event and the meet, leading off with a 9.800, her second highest score ever in the vault. Central would go on to take the top five spots in the event and fashion an early 


lead. Vault scores for Heinz (9.875), Petzold (9.875), and Druien (9.825) either established or equaled career highs. 
 
The momentum built in rotation one carried over into the uneven bars, where CMU one again claimed the top five places. Following Petzold and Fagan in the standings were sophomore Becca Druien (9.850), senior Emily LaFontaine (9.800), and Noonan (9.775).
 
After Petzold got CMU off to a hot start in the balance beam, scoring a 9.800, two falls temporarily halted the tide. But the Chippewas resoundingly responded and salvaged a 48.550 in the event thanks to terrific performances from sophomore Halle Moraw (9.850), Noonan (9.900), and Heinz (9.900).
 
With a 196.000 team total still within striking distance, CMU needed a stellar performance in the floor exercise to reach it and it got just that. In support of the superb effort of Petzold, Heinz and Druien each earned personal best scores of 9.825 to tie LaFontaine and Moraw for third place. 
 
Making the day all the more special, CMU’s impressive performance came in front of a group of distinguished alumni who had returned to Mount Pleasant to celebrate the 10- and 20-year anniversaries of the 1993 and 2003 MAC Championship teams. 
 
The Chippewas will finish out their two-meet home stand on Thursday, March 7 when they take on Alaska Anchorage in a non-conference dual meet scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. After only a three-day respite, CMU will be back in action on Sunday, March 10 when it faces host No. 23 Maryland and Yale in a tri-meet in College Park. The competition at the Terrapins’ Comcast Center is set to begin at 5 p.m.
 
Eastern Michigan 
Southeast Missouri 194.775, Eastern Michigan 194.775

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.  - Despite recording its highest team score of the 2013 campaign, the Eastern Michigan University women's gymnastics team fell to the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State University, 194.775-194.675, Sunday afternoon at Houck Field House, March 3.
 
Once again, the Redhawks' score of 194.775 was the highest of their season. The previous high for SEMO (4-5) was 193.925 against Illinois State University, Feb. 24. In the loss, Eastern (3-8) scored its highest since a mark of 194.475 to open the season at Western Michigan University, Jan. 20.
 
Although the Green and White could not come away with the victory, there were many positives out of the meet, including multiple career-highs.
 
Freshman Khadijah Hudson won the all-around competition with a 39.175, tying for the third-best mark in EMU history. The judges awarded Hudson a career-high 9.875 on the floor for a third place finish and the 10th highest mark in school history while also leading the Eagles on the bars with a 9.800, a career-high. The freshman phenom also tallied a 9.825 for a third-place tie on the vault, a mark that also tied her personal best. To round out her all around performance, the Hebron, Ky. native finished sixth on the beam with 9.675.
 
Anna Willette won the vault with a 9.875, tying for fifth all-time in EMU laurels. Along with Hudson, Amanda Fuller and Kristina Kurkmilis recorded career-highs of 9.825 for third. Freshman Ashlin Chambliss also soared through the air for a personal-best 9.700.
 
Carrina Lo Bello scored a 9.725 for a career-high on the bars. She also tied her best on the beam with a 9.700. Teammate Shawna Ciaramella led the Eagles on the beam with a runner-up mark 9.775 which also ties a personal best.
 
EMU tallied a season-best 49.100 on the floor led by Hudson. Seniors Fuller and Brittany Cassar tied for fourth with career-bests of 9.825, while Kurkmilis and Paulina Miller tallied personal-bests of 9.800. The Green and White found the most success on the bars with a season-high 49.175. The Eagles outscored the Redhawks on three-of-four rotations, but SEMO's margin of victory bars, 49.175-48.750, proved to be the difference.
 
Eastern Michigan will return to Bowen Field House for its final home meet of the season, hosting the Air Force Academy, Kent State University and the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Eagle Invitational, March 9 at 7 p.m. It will be the last home meet for the careers of Cassar, Camille Cicchini, Fuller and Kurkmilis.
 
Kent State 
Kent State 196.250, Ball State 192.100 

The Kent State gymnastics team put together its best meet performance of the year Friday night as they posted a season-best score in the Golden Flashes' 196.250-192.100 win over Ball State.
 
Sophomore Whitnee Johnson (Columbia, Mo.) lead the girls in their seventh straight win and yet another win in the MAC to remain flawless in conference meets. Combined, her all-around total was enough to earn her top honors of the night tallying a 38.975. Her highest score of the evening came from the balance beam, where she earned a 9.875 which was good enough for first place on the event. Johnson also placed third on vault behind two other Golden Flashes, sophomore Chelsea Drooger (Holland, Mich.) and senior Lauren Wozniak (Pitsburgh, Pa.).
 
"We are very happy with our win today," said Johnson on the team's overall performance. "It was a great night for us, but there is alway room for improvement. We are a good team, but we can always be better."
 
Senior Rachel Guida (Cumberland, R.I.) put on yet another stellar preformance on the uneven bars, taking home a 9.925, a new career-best for her. Her top score was followed by an equally exciting bars routine put together by senior Lindsey Runyan (Maineville, Ohio), both celebrating their fourth and final Flip For the Cure meet. 
 
Kent State kept up the pressure by placing four of the five top gymnasts in the floor exercise with junior Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) leading the charge. She tied her season-high for the second time this year, scoring a 9.925 and ultimately helping the Golden Flashes' to set a new season-high floor total of 49.350.
 
Next up for Kent State the Eagle invite in Ypsilanti, Mich. on Saturday, March 9. Eastern Michigan will host the Flashes, Air Force and Alaska-Anchorage in a quad meet starting at 7 p.m


Northern Illinois 
Northern Illinois 194.775, Eastern  Michigan 193.550 

DeKALB, Ill. - In its final home meet of the 2013 season, the Northern Illinois gymnastics team hit all four of its events and led from wire-to-wire to earn a 194.775-192.550 victory over Eastern Michigan Friday in the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies' team score was its highest of the season and its eighth-highest all-time.

Northern Illinois improved to 4-4 on the season, 2-3 versus the Mid-American Conference and closed out its home campaign with a 4-1 mark in Victor E. Court. Eastern Michigan fell to

"We are right where we want to be," said NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale. "We are building as we come down the home stretch. We had a great start on vault to get us going. We are consistent, we are clean and when we can do that on our first event it puts us in a good place."
 
NIU posted its highest team vault score of the season with a 48.700 behind freshman Jaelyn Olsen's (Bethany< Okla./Putnam City West HS) 9.825, which won vault, and a career-best 9.800 vault by sophomore Amanda Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS). Stepp tied for third on vault and also took second place on floor exercise with a 9.800 routine that tied her career-best on floor.
 
Four different Northern Illinois gymnasts claimed the four event titles at the meet. In addition to Olsen on vault, senior Natalie Sutter(Barberton, Ohio/Coventry HS) won uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.750, tying her career high on bars, and junior Megan Melendez (Stafford, Va./North Stafford HS) took first on balance beam with a season-best 9.850 to tie her career high. Junior Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) won floor exercise with a score of 9.825 and took the all-around title with a 38.900.
 
Morreale was happy to see Sutter, one of two seniors competing at home for the final time, win bars as part of a much-improved performance on that apparatus by the Huskies. NIU came back from scoring 47.875 on bars a week ago to record a 48.450 Friday.
 
"We kind of got back on the hitting streak with bars," Morreale said. "We are a good bars squad, so there's no reason why we shouldn't do this every time. It was great to see Natalie win there coming off of last week when she struggled on that event."
 
Freshman Natalie Amadio (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich HS) tied for second on bars with a career-best 9.725, just ahead of fellow freshman Lauren Africano (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais Community HS) and sophomore Morgan Johnson (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland HS), who tied for fourth. On balance beam, Northern Illinois had four gymnasts in the top six places, led by Melendez. Natasha Jufko (Spring Hill, Fla./Pasco-Hernando HS) took second place with a 9.825, while senior Marisa Liptak (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick HS) and Gotlund tied for fourth. The Huskies tallied a 48.700 on beam, just off their season-best 48.800.
 
"Marisa had a great beam routine and our two seniors have been great leaders all year," Morreale said. "They want this year to be a special year and I think the rest of the team was digging a little deeper today, wanting to give them a great memory to end their home careers."
 
Northern Illinois closed out the meet on floor exercise with all six Huskies scoring 9.750 or higher, led by Gotlund and Stepp. Sutter and Peyton Taylor (Bloomington, Ill./Normal University HS) tied for fifth on floor with 9.775 scores.
 
NIU won every event in the meet and led throughout. The Huskies had six scores of 9.8 or higher and did not count a miss on the day.
 
"It was nice to hit four events and not have to come back [to get the win]," Morreale said. "It was great to have a lead and finish the meet. We didn't have to have our backs to the wall. Now we go on the road for two meets and if we have a day like this, it puts pressure on people."
 
NIU takes on Western Michigan next Sunday, March 10 in Kalamazoo in its last conference meet of the season before facing in-state foes UIC, Illinois and Illinois State March 16 in Chicago at the State of Illinois Classic.
 
Western Michigan 
UIC 192.700, Western Michigan 192.525

CHICAGO- The Western Michigan gymnastics team fell to UIC in Chicago Saturday, 192.700 to 192.525.
Western Michigan (5-5) had a solid day on the balance beam, outscoring the Flames 48.250 to 46.350, but posted lower scores in the other three events.
 
WMU had five of the top seven scores on beam. Freshman Kayla Weber won the event with a 9.800.
 
Freshman Jessi Buis also turned in a first-place finish, winning the vault with a 9.850. Weber took fourth on vault with a 9.775.
 
UIC had a strong showing on the floor exercise, recording the top five scores. WMU sophomore Michelle Adams had a team-high 9.675 and tied for fifth.
 
Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois in its final regular-season home meet, Sunday, March 10, on Autism Awareness/Senior Day.