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Falcons to compete in Senior Day at Anderson Arena

The BG gymnastics team takes its final stand at home as they approach the last meet of the season at Anderson Arena this weekend.

The Falcons will face off against the Huskies of Northern Illinois, who beat the Falcons last year in a 192.775 to 192.525 contest.

The Falcons, now 6-5 with a 3-1 conference record, look to rebound against the Huskies, 4-3 with a 2-1 conference record, and get a big win. The win will give them a share of the regular season Mid-American Conference championship, and get their first outright win since beating Ball State back in late January.

“We are really excited for the home meet this weekend,” said head coach Kerrie Turner. “I think we are definitely prepared to come out with that win on Sunday, but it is going to take a focused effort. You never want to underestimate your opponent.”

The team is on its final stretch with only four meets left before the MAC championships, and BG looks to get a strong start compared to last week.

“After every competition we sit and talk about what went well and what we need to fix and I do think they are really getting past the nerves and to the point where some of the changes they have been making in practice can show up in the meet now,” said Turner.

For the Falcons, this meet is not only the last meet at Anderson Arena this season, but it is the last home contest for the seniors. It will be Senior Day for three of the gymnasts.

“It’s interesting when you have your senior night because one, you want as a coach those athletes, those seniors, to have a really great meet. Even though there’s emotions involved … you also have to work hard and not let that enter in … in any sort of way to their performance,” said Turner.

Turner expects this senior day to be emotional for her and the team.

“This group they have been part of the transformation here and to being a really strong program so it is going to be quite emotional because we will really miss them next year and I do hope all three of them have a fantastic day on Sunday,” said Turner.

Lacy Swords, a senior, has mixed feelings about Sunday’s meet.

“It is kind of bittersweet … gymnastics is a really challenging sport on your body, I love the sport but I am also excited to slowly have an end to my career because my body has taken a toll but it will definitely be bittersweet and … it will be sad to say goodbye to this place,” Swords said.

Swords also loved being part of a team.

“My time here has been a little rough but it is definitely … I love the place, I love the team, I love my coaches I have managed to keep fighting through it and been pushing myself for the team and … it is become more of a family all these girls are my sister and it is a great experience,” she said

The Falcons will compete under the spotlight at home this Sunday at 2 p.m.

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