The Bowling Green gymnastics team faced a tough task in its season opener Saturday as the Falcons matched up against a pair of top 20 teams in No. 12 Oregon State and No. 19 Ohio State. It didn't help matters when the Falcons struggled on the balance beam in their first rotation. BGSU, though, bounced back to perform well in the final rotations to score 191.950. Oregon State won with a 195.200 and Ohio State was second with a 194.750.
With a 48.625, Bowling Green posted the best team score on the floor for the entire meet. The Falcons also had respectable scores of 48.650 on the vault and 48.775 on bars to rebound from the slow start.
"Our team did a great job refocusing their efforts after the tough start on balance beam," Head Coach Kerrie Turner, the 2013 MAC Coach of the Year, said. "The other three events were very strong for us and it was especially great to see our team have the highest floor score."
On the other three events, Oregon State scored 146.50, followed by Ohio State at 146.25 and BGSU at 146.05. The Falcons also had two individuals post the top score at the meet. Alyssa Nocella, the defending MAC Champion in the balance beam, scored a career-best 9.800 on the floor exercise. Amanda Lievendag was one of four competitors to score 9.875 on the bars, tying her career-best in the event. On top of those results, Lauren Feely tied for second with a 9.825 on vault.
Nocella had the team's top all-around score with a 38.375, followed by Megan Harrington with a 38.150.
"I have no doubt this is a highly competitive team within the conference and across the country," Turner said. "We will address the issues on balance beam this week in practice and focus on details in the other events."
BGSU will open Mid-American Conference action Friday night as the Falcons compete at Western Michigan at 7 p.m.