BOWLING GREEN - The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team heads to St. Charles, Mo. Saturday to take on first-year program Lindenwood. The Falcons are coming off a strong 193.825 performance against Kent State last week, but head coach Kerrie Beach says the team has set its sights on achieving a score of 195 or higher in the month of February.
"We competed well last weekend and we are looking to build on that performance," Beach said. "We did have to count one fall in our team score so our goals include hitting six-for-six in our lineups and not having to count a fall on Saturday. I have expressed to our team that hitting a score of 195 in February is an excellent milestone. We have the routines to do that, so this could be our weekend."
The Falcons posted season-high scores on balance beam and floor exercise in the 195.800-193.825 loss to Kent State, led by Alyssa Nocella's season-best 38.825 in the all-around. The team hit five solid routines on every event but uneven bars, where the Falcons were forced to count their only fall.
"The quality of gymnastics improved last weekend as well," Beach said. "I expect that will continue to grow with more stuck landings and clean routines this weekend."
Bowling Green has yet to perform in a meet without counting a fall this year. The team reached a season-high 194.025 on Jan. 26 in a win against Eastern Michigan - the first time the Falcons have scored above 194 since 2010. The Falcons are 1-4 (1-2 MAC) on the season heading into the meet against Lindenwood.
The Lindenwood Lions are 1-7 on the year, coming off their best showing of the season in a loss to Texas Woman's University. The Lions scored a season-best (and school record) 191.250 against TWU, with Emily Turik earning Gymnast of the Week honors in the Midwest Independent Conference.
The meeting between the Falcons and the Lions is set to begin Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Hyland Arena.