MAC Gymnastics Weekend Results

Updated 1/20/2014

Ball State 189.975, Iowa 188.875

Behind the strength of first-place finishes from Erin Patchey on the floor and the vault and a first-place performance from Angela Durkac on the bars, Ball State's gymnastics team defeated Iowa Friday night.

The Cardinals tallied a 189.975 to 188.875 victory to improve to 2-3 on the season.

On the vault, Patchey won the event with a score of 9.725, while Sarah Ebeyer tallied a 9.60 to finish third.

The Cardinals moved to the bars where Durkac took first with a 9.775 and Brooklyn Schumacher was second with a 9.725.

Ball State collected three of the top five spots on the balance beam.  Jessica Leko was third with a 9.575, while Samantha Santos was fourth with a 9.525 and Miranda Kuehl was fifth with a 9.475.  Leko's mark on the beam was a career high.

Patchey's first-place performance on the floor was a personal best 9.775, while Denasiha Christian placed fifth with a 9.650.

Ball State will compete at Northern Illinois Friday in its Mid-American Conference opener.


Bowling Green 192.825, Western Michigan 191.450

Bowling Green
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Bowling Green sophomore Alyssa Nocella won the vault and the all-around as the BGSU Gymnastics team opened Mid-American Conference play by defeating defending MAC Championship winner Western Michigan 192.825-191.450 Friday night.
"I am so pleased that our team achieved our first MAC win of the season," BGSU Gymnastics Coach Kerrie Turner said. "It's a great accomplishment, especially on the road. They really rallied together and showed excellent improvement, especially on balance beam. This is the start of many steps we will be taking towards improvement in our routines and our scores."
In the season opener a week ago, BGSU struggled on balance beam to open the meet against a pair of top 20 opponents. Despite recovering from the early difficulties, the Falcons were not able to overcome the slow start. But Friday night, the Falcons were solid throughout and finished the meet with a 48.075 on balance beam, more than two full points better than a week ago.
Bowling Green opened the meet with a 47.650 on the bars, an identical score to Western Michigan's first rotation on vault. The Falcons began to pull away during the second rotation though.
BGSU's best rotation was the second as the Falcons scored 48.650 on vault with all six scores of 9.600 or better. Western Michigan was solid on bars but a 47.975 put the Broncos behind.
The Falcons extended the lead during the third rotation, scoring a full point better on floor than WMU on balance beam. As the two teams traded apparatuses, BGSU had a comfortable lead but needed to put last week's beam effort behind. The Falcons did just that, posting five scores of at least 9.500 to win the meet.
Nocella's 38.850 all-around score was the best of the evening, edging out teammates Megan Harrington (38.700), Lauren Feely (38.625) and Gina Locigno (38.450). WMU's only all-around qualifier, Kayla Weber, scored a 37.750.
Nocella also won the vault with a score of 9.775. Western Michigan had the individual winner on the other three apparatuses, but the Falcons were the deeper team throughout the night.
With the win, BGSU improves to 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in MAC play. The Falcons opened league action with a win for the first time since 2010. Bowling Green will hold its home opener Saturday looking to go 2-0 in MAC action against Eastern Michigan. The meet starts at 4 p.m. in venerable Anderson Arena.

Western Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team fell to Bowling Green in the Broncos’ home-opener Friday evening, 192.825 to 191.450. The meet was the first Mid-American Conference dual for both teams.

Despite being edged by the Falcons, Western Michigan had individual first-place finishes in three of the four events. The Broncos also improved its overall team score from week one to week two by .775.

“Tonight was a very exciting atmosphere to be in,” said WMU head coach Penny Jernigan, in her first ever meet in University Arena. “There was a lot of enthusiasm in the stands and I thought we had a good turnout from our fans.

“Overall, we showed improvement as a team. We still need to get our difficulty up on vault and I thought we underachieved some on bars. We showed highlights on beam and were much better on floor than we were last week at Arkansas. There is still a lot of growth, but we are trending in the right direction.”

In her two events of the evening, sophomore Jessi Buis won the balance beam and was runner-up on vault. She tied a career-high with a 9.700 on beam and stuck a huge layout full for a 9.750 on vault in the first rotation.

Seniors Shelby MacDonald and Lauren Bledsoe turned in first place finishes as well. MacDonald won the uneven bars with a 9.775, while Bledsoe took the floor exercise with a 9.775.

“Jessi’s vault was absolutely beautiful, and on bars, Shelby had a light, beautiful, artistic routine,” Jernigan said. “Lauren came out and did the type of floor routine we know she is capable of doing.”

Freshman Audry Merritt also had a standout performance on floor, placing third with a 9.750. Merritt and classmate Jessie Peszek tied for fourth on bars, each scoring a 9.625.

Western Michigan’s rotation scores were 47.650 (V), 47.950 (UB), 47.450, (BB) and 48.375 (FX).

The Broncos return to University Arena next Friday to host defending MAC regular season champion Kent State at 7 p.m. Admission is free.


Central Michigan 193.950, William & Mary 188.700

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Halle Moraw led the Central Michigan gymnastics team to a victory over William & Mary on Friday night as CMU swept the Royal Rumble and Tumble.

CMU posted a 193.950 while the Tribe could muster just a 188.700. In wrestling, the Chippewas used a takedown in sudden victory in the final match to defeat Ohio, 19-15.

Moraw showed veteran leadership when CMU needed it after its second fall on beam, posting a 9.775, which was matched by the next two gymnasts, Taylor Noonan and Emily Heinz. Moraw then capped a strong showing by CMU on floor with a 9.9, the highest score by a CMU gymnast this season.

The meet began with high energy as the Chippewas started on vault, scoring a 48.425, with CMU’s Kirsten Petzold and Kirstin Stambaugh taking first and second place. The Tribes finished their first rotation on bars, posting a 46.450. Central Michigan then moved to bars where senior Brittany Petzold finished first (9.825) despite being slowed by an injury that kept the all-arounder off three events. Junior Kylie Fagan finished right behind Petzold with a 9.800.

Heinz, Moraw and Noonan helped CMU recover from a rough start on beam to post a 48.250 in the third rotation. The Chippewas dominated the final event with a season best finish of 49.125. Moraw finished on top with a first place score of 9.900, followed by sophomore Preslee Harrald with a 9.875.  Sophomore Taylor Bolender took third (9.850), while Heinz, Stambaugh and Kirsten Petzold tied for fourth (9.750).  

Central Michigan gymnastics hosts Ball State on Sunday, Jan. 26, in McGuirk Arena at 1 p.m.


Rutgers 195.250, Kent State 194.475, George Washington 193.400, Eastern Michigan 192.750

Kent State
KENT, Ohio – No. 21 Gymnastics picked up two wins and suffered their first loss of the season as they defeated George Washington and Eastern Michigan and fell to No. 16 Rutgers in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation (M.A.C.) Center on Friday night.

Kent State (3-1, 1-0 MAC) completed the quad meet on Friday with a score of 194.475 in second place; Rutgers (4-0) took first with a score of 195.250. George Washington (4-2) finished in third with a score of 193.400, as Eastern Michigan (0-3, 0-1 MAC) took fourth with a total of 192.750.

Freshman Olivia Trout tied for first in the balance beam (9.800) with Rutgers' Alexis Gunzelman. Junior Nicole Radon tied for second in floor exercise (9.850) with Chelsea Raineri of George Washington as Trout and Radon were the top two placers for the Golden Flashes.

Senior Marie Case tied for fifth in the vault (9.825) as junior Chelsea Drooger tied for fifth with sophomore Jaymi Baxter and Case in the uneven parallel bars with scores of 9.800. Case finished second in the all-around competition with a final score of 38.725, Luisa Leal from Rutgers took first (39.125).

Kent State next hosts the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on Sunday as part of Kent State's Beauty and the Beast at 2 pm in the M.A.C. Center.

Eastern Michigan
KENT, Ohio ( – Sophomore Khadijah Hudson (Hebron, Ky.-Conner) won the floor exercise while placing third in the vault as the Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team opened up the 2014 campaign with a fourth place showing at a quadrangular meet hosted by Kent State University, Jan. 17. No. 16-ranked Rutgers University won the meet with a team total of 195.250. No. 21-ranked Kent State tallied 194.475 for runner-up honors while George Washington and EMU finished with scores of 193.400 and 192.750, respectively.

After qualifying on the floor for the NCAA Regionals a season ago as a freshman, Hudson didn't skip a beat in the 2014 season opener. Her score of 9.875 tied a personal-best and was enough to claim the floor title. The Hebron, Ky. native also led the Eagles on the vault, recording a career-high 9.850 to take third.

While Hudson put together a strong individual performance, EMU Head Coach Steve Wilce was not pleased with the overall team performance. "We are disappointed with today. We expected more from some of our upperclassmen," commented Wilce. "We feel this is the best team we have had, and our expectations are higher this year. Due to our team's potential and those high expectations, we will not settle for underachieving performances."

Following Hudson on the floor was sophomore Kimberly Ebeyer (Greenwood, Ind.-Whiteland Community), who received a solid 9.775 from the judges in her first collegiate appearance in the event.  Chantelle Loehner (Cary, Ill.-Cary-Grove) eclipsed the goal of 9.700 on the floor with a 9.725 of her own. Ebeyer also scored a career-high 9.700 on the beam for ninth place overall as well as a 9.675 on the vault. The beam mark was second-best on the team, just behind a fifth-place 9.725 by Carrina Lo Bello (Oshawa, Ontario-McLaughlin Collegiate), who tied her career best by pacing the Green and White. Aside from Hudson, Ashlin Chambliss (Buford, Ga.-Mill Creek) finished ahead of Ebeyer on vault with a 9.700, tying her top collegiate mark as a specialist in the event.

On the uneven parallel bars, 2013 All-MAC Second Team honoree Anna Willette (Pylesville, Md.-North Harford) led the Eagles with a 9.750 while team co-captain Ashley Quinton (Calgary, Alberta-Bishop McNally) finished closely behind with a 9.725. Junior Nikki Paterson (Oakville, Ontario-Iroquois Ridge) earned a 9.700 on the bars as well.

Three gymnasts began their EMU careers Friday night. Junior Ariyanna Smith (Gahanna, Ohio-Lincoln) tallied a 9.575 on bars while a pair of freshmen made their collegiate debuts alongside the upperclassman. Bianca Jordaan (Oakville, Ontario-Abbey Park) recorded a 9.600 on vault and a 9.450 on bars while Natalie Gervais (Winnipeg, Manitoba-Sturgeon Heights) tallied a 9.625 on beam in her first meet as an Eagle.

No Eagles competed in all four events as Rutgers' Luisa Leal conquered the all-around crown with an impressive 39.125, highlighted by a 9.900 on the vault.

The Green and White returns to action Saturday, Jan. 25, heading south to Bowling Green State University for a Mid-American Conference dual meet set to begin at 4 p.m.


Kent State 195.400, North Carolina State 194.150

KENT, Ohio – Kent State's gymnastics team defeated North Carolina State 195.400-194.150 Sunday, January 19 in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation (M.A.C.) Center as part of the second annual Beauty and the Beast.

With their new season-high of 195.400, Kent State improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MAC as North Carolina State fell to 2-3 overall.

"NC State is such a quality program, we knew we needed a good effort and I am proud of our team for bouncing back" head coach Brice Biggin stated "our team put together a great performance."

Senior Marie Case finished second in the all-around competition (39.275) for the Flashes. Case took first in the floor exercise with a score of 9.900, tied for first in the uneven parallel bars (9.800) and tied for second on balance beam (9.825) while she tied for third on the vault, 9.850.

Freshmen Olivia Trout and Samantha Gordon both tied for second in the floor exercise with new personal bests, of 9.825 on their routineson the floor. Trout tied Case for second on the balance beam with a score of 9.825.

Junior Amiah Mims and sophomore Jaymi Baxter tied Case for third on the vault with a score of 9.850.

The Golden Flashes come within one matchup with the Wolfpack, as NC State now leads the all-time series 6-5 after today's Kent State win.

On the other side of the Beauty and the Beast event, the wrestling team defeated NC State 23-14.

"We had girls step up and fill in where we needed them to and beat a really good team." Biggin's added. "This is a great experience for the fans and a really neat event to put on here with both the wrestling team competing with us in the M.A.C."

No 21 Gymnastics travels to Western Michigan Friday, January 24 at 7 pm in Kalamazoo, Michigan.