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Falcons fall short versus No. 3 Chippewas; Akpan and Thornton shine on floor

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Drake Harlett
BGSU’s Love Akpan

Last night, Bowling Green gymnastics traveled to Mt. Pleasant to take on the Mid American Conference third place holders, the Central Michigan Chippewas. After four rotations, CMU came out on top with a divisive 195.625-191.475. score.  

Despite taking their first loss of the season versus Eastern Michigan last week, the Chippewas were able to top the Falcons on the bars and floor to secure a second win versus Bowling Green this season.  

Here’s how it happened.  

On the vault, the Falcons were represented by sophomore Madison Coburn, who placed sixth in the event with a 9.725 score. As a team, the Falcons earned 48.350 points, just .550 of a point short of matching CMU’s score.  

Moving to the next event, the Falcons went to the bars and came out of the event with a 46.150 team total. The highlight of this event was without a doubt on bars via veteran Isabella Rivelli, who tied for second place with a 9.800.  

Going past the halfway point of the meet, Bowling Green moved to the beam, primarily represented by Megan Bingham, who tied for third in the event. With a 9.775 score, Bingham matched her career high in the event, set just on Sunday afternoon versus EMU, Fisk, and West Virginia.  

Where the Falcons excelled was on the floor, with two gymnasts setting new PRs with their performances, Love Akpan and Keira Thornton. Thornton led the way for Bowling Green, tying for third place and breaking her previous record by .25 of a point. 

Not far behind was freshman Akpan, who tied for fifth place and set a new PR with a 9.850 score. Adding to the leaderboard, Akpan was also the only all-around gymnast for Bowling Green, earning a 38.625, another career high for the freshman.  

From here, the Falcons continue their schedule on the road, taking on Long Island University on Sunday, Feb. 25 with a 2 p.m. start time.

For more stories related to BGSU Athletics, follow Falcon Media Sports Network on X (@bg_fmsn). 

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