Falcons score well, but fall to Cardinals


Bowling Green State University gymnastics had its best meet since 2018, but it wasn’t enough to cool the red-hot Ball State Cardinals on Friday night at Anderson Arena.

Ball State outlasted BGSU, 196.375-196.000. Ball State has not lost a meet since Jan. 14.

The 196.000 was BGSU’s fifth-best team score in program history and the best since a 2018 meet against NIU (196.475).

Megan Bingham shined on beam, tying for the BGSU program record with a 9.950. She matches Jovannah East in 2019 and two previous routines by Laura Mitchell.

Kathryn Weilbacher won the all-around with a 39.425, which was a personal record and tied for the third-best all-around score in program history. Weilbacher equaled East and Alyssa Nocella. Weilbacher had a PR on beam (9.900), tied her PR on floor (9.900).

“I thought the team did a great job,” BGSU associate head coach Kerrie Turner said. “I think we had a little adversity coming into this meet and they really stepped up and stuck together. They took it one routine at a time, and we had some fun out there.

“I am excited to see what we can do the rest of the season. The team performance tonight, Megan and Kathryn’s performances particularly, showed what this team can do and how big our potential is. It is only up from here.”

BGSU had a 48.875 team score on bars, which is the third-best score for the Falcons this season, the 49.175 on beam and the 49.075 on floor were the best team scores of this season.

Taylor Jensen tied her PR on beam with a 9.875, Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso had a PR on floor with a 9.825, and Madison Coburn had a PR on vault (9.725) and floor (9.900)

Bowling Green returns to action on Sunday when the Falcons travel to Michigan State for a tri-meet. LIU will also take part. The meet will start at 1 p.m.

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