YPSILANTI - A stellar showing on the uneven bars propelled the Falcons to their first win of the season, toppling Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan, 194.025-193.900. Overall, BGSU gymnasts posted 13 career-best scores.
The score marked the first time the Falcons broke 194 since the 2010 season. The team began on bars, with all six gymnasts posting career-high numbers en route to a 49.000 score. Amanda Lievendag won the event with a 9.85 - her third-straight uneven bars title. Caroline Ellingboe (9.8), Lindsay Koch (9.8), Gina Locigno (9.775), Megan Harrington (9.775) and Alyssa Nocella (9.65) also came through with personal bests.
"We kept telling them that if they could get it done in the gym, they could put it together on the weekend," said head coach Kerrie Beach. "I think tonight really represented that. We still had a few mistakes and that's what's so exciting - we got a win, we hit that 194 mark in January and that means we're only going up from there."
The Falcons moved to vault in the second rotation, where a scary fall from Nocella in the first slot didn't rattle the rest of the lineup. Bowling Green came out with a 48.650 performance, led by Jamilah Ali's 9.85 and Danielle Wishart's 9.825. Ali, currently No. 1 in the MAC on vault, placed first in the event.
Floor exercise continued to trouble the Falcons, as Megan Valentini and Megan Harrington both came up short on tumbling passes. Strong routines from Nocella (9.8), Locigno (9.8) and Ali (9.775) helped keep the Falcons close to EMU going into the last event.
On beam, Ellingboe (9.675), Salvia (9.75) and Locigno (9.775) started off strong, but two falls at the end of the rotation hampered the team's score. Nocella won the event, hitting all of her skills and sticking the dismount to earn a 9.825.
Eastern Michigan also suffered falls at the end of their floor rotation, making room for Bowling Green to claim its first win and move to 1-3 (1-1 MAC) on the season.
The Falcons return home for their next meet on Feb. 2, the annual Pink Meet versus Kent State. The competition starts at 4 p.m. in Anderson Arena and will feature an iPad giveaway and free pizza for all BGSU students. Admission is free.