Ball State 189.0, Illinois State 188.95
Ball State's gymnastics team tallied a 189.0 to 188.95 victory at Illinois State in the debut for first-year head coach Joanna Saleem.
Erin Patchey won the vault with a 9.725, while Brooke Evans and Sarah Ebeyer tied for second with a pair of 9.7's.
On the bars, Angela Durkac tied for first with a 9.75, while Samantha Santos was second on the balance beam with a 9.725.
The Cardinals took third, fourth and fifth on the floor exercise. Miranda Kuehl was third with a 9.70, Ebeyer was fourth with a 9.675 and Shelby Arms was fifth with a 9.65.
Ball State improved to 1-0 on the season, while the meet was the season opener for Illinois State and the Redbirds fell to 0-1.
The Cardinals will compete at Kentucky with Penn State and West Virginia Friday night before opening the home portion of their schedule Fri., Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Iowa.
Central Michigan 194.450, Wisconsin-Esu Claire 180.200
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan kicked off the 2014 gymnastics season with a win at home against the Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Chippewa’s finished with a final score of 194.450, defeating the Blugolds (180.200).
Returning gymnasts for the Central Michigan Chippewa’s posted high scoring performances in a great preview for the upcoming season. Junior Halle Moraw placed first on floor exercise with a 9.875. Sisters, Brittany and Kirsten Petzold, took the top two spots on vault as Brittany placed first with a 9.825 and Kirsten right behind her with a 9.800.
Sophomore Karlee Teet won an event for the first time in her career, taking first on bars with a 9.775 while junior Taylor Noonan captured the top spot on beam with a 9.850. Junior Becca Druien was to lone all-arounder, scoring a 38.000.
The Chippewas opened on vault, scoring a 48.475 with the Petzold sisters leading the way. Up next was bars with CMU tallying a 48.500 as Teet, Kylie Fagan (9.725) and Druien (9.700) were the top three finishers.
In the third rotation, the Chippewas posted a 48.550 on beam with Noonan dominating the event with a 9.850. Second was Brittany Petzold with a 9.725 and Druien took third (9.675). CMU’s final rotation was floor and the squad finished strong with a 48.925. The Maroon and Gold had three gymnasts score a 9.8 or better with Moraw first (9.875), Preslee Harrald second (9.825) and Brittany Petzold third (9.800).
The Chippewas take on Maryland this Friday, January 10, at 7 p.m., in McGuirk Arena.