Falcon gymnasts fall to Central Michigan

Chris Sojka and Chris Sojka

Prior to last Friday’s meet, the gymnastics team’s scores have continued to improve each week. That was not the case on Friday. The Falcons were unable to record big scores, falling to Central Michigan, 195.050-192.625, in Mount Pleasant, Mich., in their last Mid-American Conference meet of the season. The team did not come out with as much intensity as the previous two meets, and it was evident out on the floor. ‘We definitely looked a little timid,’ coach Kerrie Beach said. ‘We are ready to start working on the minor things and are looking forward to the MAC Championships.’ The Falcons started out the meet on bars, an event Beach was very pleased with. The bar line-up came out strong again with a team score of 48.525. Breanne Guy, who has been named MAC Gymnast of the Week for the past two weeks, took second place honors, matching a career high score of 9.825. Right behind her was Amber Brewer, posting a career high score of 9.8. The team then headed over to the vault for their second rotation, where they had a bit of trouble. Jenna Wirtanen landed a 9.7, giving her a fourth place finish and right behind her was Andrea Kinzer with a score of 9.6. In the third rotation, BG competed on the floor. Kasey Fillmore and Morgan Balzer tied for sixth place with scores of 9.7. Guy, who usually records high scores in this event, had a small step out of bounds, giving her a score of 9.6. For the final event of the evening, the Falcons headed to the balance beam; an area of struggle for the team the past few weeks. The top two finishers for BG were Guy and Queenita Gamble, who finished with scores of 9.7 in a three-way tie for fourth place. Close behind for the Falcons were Katie Follett and Jholeen Ponce with scores of 9.675 and 9.6, respectively. Over spring break, the Falcons will head out for a couple more meets. On March 8, they take on Sacramento State and New Hampshire in a three-team meet at the University of California – Davis. Closing out spring break, they will take on Arkansas and Penn at Texas Women’s University on March 13.