Bowling Green 194.150, Ball State 193.025
Muncie, Ind. – Bowling Green freshman Lauren Feely won her first collegiate all-around title and the Bowling Green gymnastics team improved to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference action with a 194.150-193.025 win over Ball State Friday evening.
With the win, Bowling Green equaled its conference win total from a year ago when the Falcons went 3-3 in the league. That came on the heels of a 1-5 MAC record in 2012 and 0-6 in 2011. And while the veterans have been crucial to the culture change that has put BGSU in the hunt for a MAC title, it was a freshman who led the team Friday.
Feely scored a career-best 9.725 on the floor and had a consistent effort on all four apparatuses, scoring at least 9.600 in every rotation. Her best score was a 9.750 on vault.
The meet was virtually even after the first two rotations as Bowling Green outscored Ball State 48.600-48.475 on bars but the Cardinals held a 48.475-48.400 lead on vault. But the Falcons took over once the teams moved to the floor and the balance beam.
Ball State struggled on the balance beam in the third rotation and the Falcons put up five scores of at least 9.700 on the floor. Heading to the final rotation, Bowling Green just need a solid performance on beam to put the match away.
The Falcons got that effort with five scores of at least 9.575, which including a team-best 9.775 from Megan Harrington. Bowling Green scored a 48.350 on the beam, its second-best score on the apparatus this year, to clinch the win.
BGSU did get the meet started well with a 48.600 on the bars. Three Falcons set or tied their career-best during the rotation, with Alyssa Nocella tying her best with a 9.800 to win the event. Freshman Rachel Reis tied her best with 9.750 and Alexandria Porter set her best with a 9.750. Gina Locigno tied her career-best with a 9.750 on vault during the second rotation.
"We are pleased to pick up our third MAC win this evening and remain undefeated in the conference," BGSU Gymnastics Coach Kerrie Turner said. "While it wasn't our best meet, it was a positive to achieve a decent road score and build our confidence with a road win. There is no doubt this team is passionate about excellence and it is really showing in competition. We will look to increase the number of solid routines and some of the finer details as we move towards our only double meet weekend of the season."
With the loss, Ball State falls to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in MAC play. Bowling Green improves to 3-2 overall and keeps pace at the top of the MAC standings at 3-0. The Falcons will head on the road to compete in the Chicago Style Invite next Friday at 8:30 pm with Boise State, North Carolina and Illinois-Chicago. The team will then be at home next Sunday for a critical MAC meet against Central Michigan, another league favorite, at 2 p.m.
Ball State's women's gymnastics team suffered a 194.150 to 193.025 loss at home to Bowling Green Friday despite individuals winning three events.
The Cardinals fall to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State will compete at Western Michigan. Feb. 9 and at Southeast Missouri State Feb. 14 before returning home to face Kent State in MAC action Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Ball State opened up on the vault and Denasiha Christian and Erin Patchey led the Cardinals with a tie for first with identical scores of 9.775.
Brooklyn Schumacher led Ball State on the bars with a second-place showing and a score of 9.775.
After two events, Ball State had a 144.325 team score, while the Falcons led with a 145.800.
On the beam, the Cardinals' Samantha Santos won with a 9.80, while Christian won the floor with a 9.875. The 9.875 was a season high for Christian.
Central Michigan 196.600, Eastern Michigan 194.800
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan gymnastics dominated the Illinois/Michigan Invite on Saturday with a 196.600, which is the fourth-best team score in program history.
Central Michigan (7-0) defeated Eastern Michigan (194.800), UIC (192.650) and Illinois State (191.800) in the annual event. CMU also combined with EMU to capture the state vs. state challenge for the third time in the four years the event has existed.
Along with posting the fourth-best team score in school history, the Chippewas also had the highest team score of the Mid-American Conference this season and set season highs on all four events. The Chippewas took the top spot or tied for first on every event for the fifth consecutive meet.
Sisters Brittany and Kirsten Petzold kicked off the meet for the Chippewas with outstanding vault scores. Sophomore Kirsten Petzold finished first (9.875), followed closely by Brittany with a 9.850. Underclassmen Kirstin Stambaugh and Karlee Teet tied for third place, both setting career high scores with a 9.800. The Chippewas finished vault with a season high of 49.050.
Central Michigan then moved to bars where senior Brittany Petzold tied Illinois State’s Samantha King for first with a score of 9.875. Sophomore Karlee Teet set another career high on bars and tied junior Kylie Fagan for a third with a 9.850. CMU wrapped up on bars with another season high for the Chippewas (49.175).
Junior Preslee Harrald hit the third rotation with a career-high score of 9.825 on beam, good for a fourth place overall. Junior Taylor Noonan had an outstanding performance, putting her in first place with a 9.925. Central Michigan highlighted another season high with an overall team score of 49.050.
Central Michigan finished the meet on floor where they set their fourth team high of the day. Sophomore Taylor Bolender and Harrald tied for first on the event, scoring 9.900. Harrald’s score landed her a new career high. Junior Halle Moraw and Eastern Michigan’s Kaylee Meyers tied for third, both finishing with a 9.875. The Chippewas finished the meet with a event score of 49.325.
Central Michigan gymnastics travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., next Friday, Feb. 7, for a meet against Eastern Michigan. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team recorded its highest score since 2004, 194.800, partnering with Central Michigan University to win the Michigan/Illinois Challenge, Feb. 1. The Eagles and Chippewas combined for a score of 391.400 to top Illinois institutions Illinois State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago, who totaled a 384.450.
Central Michigan claimed the top spot in the quad meet with a 196.600 on its home floor. EMU's 194.800 was followed by a 192.650 from UIC and Illinois State's 191.800.
EMU's team score was the best mark in a decade. The Eagles tallied a 195.550 at the Mid-American Conference Championship, March 19, 2004. Coincidentally, the conference championship meet that year was hosted at Central Michigan University.
"We competed extremely well today and got our first two victories of the season," noted EMU Head Coach Steve Wilce. "We are expecting this team to continue to improve throughout the rest of the season."
The Green and White recorded season team highs on all four apparatuses. Coach Wilce's squad found its greatest success in the floor exercise with a 48.875. Redshirt junior Kaylee Meyers (Saint Joesph, Mo.-Central) led the Eagles in the event with a career-high 9.875 to finish third. That mark tied the 10th-best floor score in EMU history. Teammate Paulina Miller (Halifax, Nova Scotia-Citadel) followed closely behind Meyers with an impressive fifth-place score of 9.850. Shawna Ciaramella (Hamilton, Ontario-St. Mary CSS) recorded a 9.750, and Chantelle Loehner (Cary, Ill.-Cary-Grove) added a 9.725. Two Chippewas, Taylor Bolender and Preslee Harrald, recorded scores of 9.900 to tie for the top mark.
On vault, sophomore Khadijah Hudson (Hebron, Ky.-Conner) paced Eastern with a 9.775. Anna Willette (Pylesville, Md.-North Harford) received a 9.750 from the judges while freshman Bianca Jordaan (Oakville, Ontario-Abbey Park) and sophomore Kimberly Ebeyer (Greenwood, Ind.-Whiteland Community) scored personal-bests of 9.725 and 9.700, respectively. As a team, the Eagles totaled a 48.625. Kristen Petzold of CMU won the event with a 9.875.
Willette's 9.800 on bars was a team-best and enough for a seventh-place finish in the event. Nikki Paterson (Oakville, Ontario-Iroquois Ridge) reached a new career-high with a 9.750, and team co-captain Ashley Quinton (Calgary, Alberta-Bishop McNally) notched the 9.700 mark. The trio assisted in EMU's 48.525 team total on bars. Central's Brittany Petzold tallied a 9.875 to claim the event title.
The balance beam saw five Eagles eclipse the 9.700 plateau. Freshman Natalie Gervais (Winnipeg, Manitoba-Sturgeon Heights) earned a personal-best 9.800 for the best mark on the team and a fifth-place showing out of 24 gymnasts in the event. Meyers continued her strong day with a 9.775, and Ebeyer hit a new career-high at 9.750. Carrina Lo Bello (Oshawa, Ontario-McLaughlin Collegiate)and Willette both added marks of 9.725, bringing the team's beam total to 48.775. Taylor Noonan won with the highest score on the afternoon, a 9.925.
For the third straight meet, no EMU gymnast competed in all four events. UIC's Catherine Dion took the all around crown with a 39.150.
Eastern will host a meet for the first time this season, Feb. 7, when they face off against Central for the second straight week. This time around, the dual will be a Mid-American Conference matchup. The Friday night meet will be contested in Bowen Field House, starting at 7 p.m.
Northern Illinois 192.450, Western Michigan 191.600
DEKALB, Ill.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team fell on the road Saturday in its Mid-American Conference dual against Northern Illinois, 192.450 to 191.600.
Senior Shelby MacDonald finished first on the uneven bars for the third straight meet, scoring a 9.825. Freshman Jessie Peszek took second with a 9.700 and classmate Audry Merritt tied for third with a 9.675.
Sophomore Jessi Buis was runner-up on vault with a 9.750, followed by Michelle Adams in third with a 9.725. Buis also tied for second on balance beam, tallying a 9.725.
Senior Lauren Bledsoe tied for first on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.775. Merritt took fourth with a 9.725.
“We started off with a couple of uncharacteristic errors on bars. We held our own on vault and floor, but we just didn’t maintain our focus to close on beam.”
“Several team members turned in their best performances of the season so far," said WMU head coach Penny Jernigan. "Highlights were MacDonald and Peszek on bars, Adams on vault, Bledsoe on floor and Buis on beam. Freshman Lauren Vandenberg stepped up at the last minute to compete vault when we needed her.”
Western Michigan’s best event was vault, in which the team totaled a 48.275. The Broncos went 48.100 on floor, 47.700 on bars and 47.525 on beam.
Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo to host Ball State on Service Groups Day, Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Admission for all Bronco home meets is free.
DeKALB, Ill. - A strong performance on balance beam lifted the Northern Illinois University women's gymnastics team to a 192.450-191.600 Mid-American Conference victory over Western Michigan Saturday night at the NIU Convocation Center. The win improves the Huskies' record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in league competition and NIU is now 6-1 at home over the last two seasons.
"We're getting better," said NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale. "A lot of new kids got some opportunities and it was good to see them step up."
Trailing by three-tenths of a point after faltering on the uneven parallel bars, NIU outscored the Broncos on both balance beam and floor exercise. In the end, it was the 48.525-47.525 difference on balance beam that provided the victory margin.
"The last few meets [we've struggled] on beam but we know that beam is a strong event for us," Morreale said. "Today we were down two of our top performers on that event and still went 48.5.
Senior Natasha Jufko (Spring Hill, Fla./Pasco-Hernando HS) and junior Amanda Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) led the way as Jufko won the balance beam event with a 9.850, tying her career-best score. Stepp took second place with a season-best 9.725. Taylor Crumley (Lincolnshire, Ill./Stevenson HS), Jaelyn Olsen (Bethany, Okla./Putnam City West HS) and Shelby Davis (Wichita, Kans./Heights HS) posted identical 9.650 scores to round out the Huskies' scoring on the event. Following balance beam, NIU took a 144.200-144.075 lead into the final event of the meet
"We knew we were up about two-tenths (of a point) going into the last event," Morreale said. "I'll take our floor versus a lot of team's beam in that situation, and we were able to get the job done."
The Huskies posted a 48.250 on floor exercise behind senior Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) and junior Kelly Nortz (Bay Village, Ohio/Magnificat HS) who tied for first with 9.775s. Davis added a 9.650 and Peyton Taylor (Bloomington, Ill./Normal University HS) scored a 9.6.
Olsen won the vault title for the second straight week as she scored a 9.800, followed closely by Megan Gilliam's (Fishers, Ind./Fishers HS) 9.700 and Nortz' 9.650. Gotlund won the all-around title with a 38.550 total.
Morreale said securing the victory took a total team effort and had praise for both upperclassmen and freshmen alike
"Kim Gotlund is a solid leader for us and she really provides a calm presence," he said. "Once again you saw our freshmen stepping up. Brittany [Wenzel] had a nice vault in her first meet, and so did Megan Gilliam. Jaelyn had another great day on vault and beam. It was good to see Natasha hit like she is capable of on beam; that's who she is in practice every day."
The Huskies will try to keep their MAC record spotless when they travel to Kent State next Friday, Feb. 7. NIU's next home competition is Sunday, Feb. 16 in a tri-meet versus Iowa State and Texas Woman's University.