CLEVELAND - The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference, according to the preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches.
The Falcons finished in a tie for fifth at last year's MAC Championships, but qualified a school-record four gymnasts to NCAA regionals, including two freshmen. Jamilah Ali, who qualified to regionals as a balance beam specialist, was named MAC Freshman of the Year - only the third gymnast in BGSU history to earn the honor.
Kent State was selected as the No. 1 team, along with the team most likely to win the 2013 MAC Championship. Defending MAC Champion Central Michigan was picked third, with Western Michigan taking the No. 2 spot. Northern Illinois, Ball State and Eastern Michigan rounded out the poll.