Falcons win streak ends at five in Kalamazoo

Cj Watson and Cj Watson

The BG gymnastics five-meet win streak came to an end in Kalamazoo on Sunday afternoon.

The Falcons finished third in a tri-meet featuring Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Western Michigan won the home meet with a score of 193.925. The Flames of Illinois-Chicago took second place with 191.150 points, and BG finished in third with a score of 190.675.

The Falcons started out the meet slow on the beam and floor but ended strongly on the vault and uneven parallel bars.

The beam and the floor event were the low points of the day for BG. Megan Chronister was the only Falcon to finish within the top five for the balance beam. Danielle Wishart’s 9.725 was tied for seventh best on the floor exercise and was BG’s highest score in the event. The floor was marred by a season ending injury suffered by Queenita Gamble as she took a spill, rupturing her Achilles tendon.

The vault was the Falcons highest scoring event of the afternoon. Freshmen Danielle Wishart and Sunny Marchand finished first and second in the event scoring 9.800 and 9.725, respectively.

“Sunny Marchand did a great job on vault and bars,” explained coach Kerrie Beach. “She was very consistent for us.”

Monica Eaton put in her dues on the bars as she tied for first with a solid 9.850 — her highest scoring total of the season. Also, Breanne Guy did especially well in the event scoring a 9.800, giving her a tie for third place.

“While it certainly wasn’t a perfect meet, it does show their character that they didn’t give up and they kept moving along,” said Beach.

The Falcons will try to regroup and get back to their winning ways this week as the team prepares to travel to Morgantown for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Mountaineers of West Virginia.