Gymnastics making strides

After last weekend’s improvement on the balance beam, the BG women’s gymnastics team heads to the University of New Hampshire for a four-team meet. The Falcons will compete with Michigan State University, George Washington University, and the University of New Hampshire.

Michigan State enters the meet ranked No. 32 in the country according to Gym Info and has a record of four wins and five losses on the 2003 season. The Spartans are ranked highest on the balance beam and scored their season high score of 195.175 at the end of January.

The Colonials of George Washington travel to New Hampshire at No. 48 in the country. GW’s high score of 191.95 makes them very comparable to the Falcons. George Washington is 5-6 in 2003. The host school, New Hampshire, is No. 34 in the nation in the week’s Gym Info rankings. The Wildcats are 7-4 this season and find their strength on the vault and balance beam. UNH is coming off a season high score of 195.1 at the Cat Classic held at the University of Missouri.

The Falcons, No. 49 in the country this week, are looking to improve on Sunday’s performance at Northern Illinois University. BG scored a solid 192.525 in the loss to the Huskies, but made huge strides on the balance beam. With 48.225 points the beam squad began to climb off the shaky branch that had been beaming this season.

BG faces three other teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. on the ice in the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.