BGSU’s Abolnik places second in the vault


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bowling Green Falcons placed third out of five teams at George Washington’s home meet, which was contested Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Western Michigan took the meet with a 196.725, while host George Washington notched a 196.45. BGSU scored a 193.925 to finish third, followed by Fisk at 190.325 and Ursinus College at 187.225.

Katrina Mendez Abolnik, who hails from nearby Bristow, Virginia, tied career highs on the vault (9.875) and floor (9.825) to pace the Falcons. Her vault score was the second-best tally in the meet.

“I am so proud of the team for coming out so strong in balance beam in the first event. It was a bit of a roller coaster counting falls on floor and bars however, on both events, the team really picked it up and finished the lineups strong,” BGSU coach Kerrie Turner said.

“Vault was a steady event for us, highlighted by Katrina’s (Mendez Abolnik) beautiful Yurchenko 1½ twist. There were some definite highlights throughout the meet, however we need to put all four events together to maximize our team score.”

Taylor Jensen placed fourth in the all-around with a 39.2, which is her second-best mark this season, BGSU tied its season best on vault (48.925) and bars (48.850), and Megan Bingham tied her personal record on the vault (9.725) and set a PR on bars (9.825).

Emily Castiglia tied her season high on beam with a 9.775 and Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso had a season high on beam with a 9.775

The Falcons return to Anderson Arena for its final home meet of 2023 when Ball State comes to town on Friday. The meet will start at 6 p.m.

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