The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team broke 194.000 points for the third consecutive meet and the Falcons defeated 2-of-3 opponents at the Chicago Style Invite Friday night, held at Chicago's Historic Navy Pier.
Bowling Green scored 194.325 to defeat North Carolina, at 192.075, and Illinois-Chicago, at 191.950. No. 18 Boise State won the quad meet with a 196.325.
Bowling Green improves to 5-3 on the season after the evening's events with all three defeats coming against teams ranked in the top 20 in the country. The Falcons went over the 194-point barrier in three consecutive outings for the first time since 2004. The five wins equal the team's total from a year when BGSU went 5-11.
Of the four teams, Bowling Green had the second-best score on vault, beam and floor, trailing only Boise State on each of those three apparatuses. Freshman Lauren Feely continues to impress, posting one of only two 9.900 scores on the evening, doing so with a personal best on the vault to win the event. Megan Harrington tied for second on the floor exercise with a 9.850.
The Falcons scored a season-best 48.975 on vault, buoyed by Feely's 9.900. Jamilah Ali added a 9.800 and Amanda Lievendag followed with 9.775.
Bowling Green's toughest rotation came on bars as the Falcons recorded a 47.925 but did get a team-best 9.725 from Harrington. The team rebounded on the final two rotations, scoring 48.650 on beam and 48.775 on floor. Harrington and Alyssa Nocella each posted a 9.775 on the balance beam and Harrington's 9.850 was best on floor.
Harrington placed second in the all-around completion with a career-best 39.100. Feely and Nocella tied for third in the all-around at 38.975, a score that surpassed Feely's previous best.
Since starting 0-2 on the season, Bowling Green has now recorded wins in five of its last six meets. At 3-0 in MAC competition, the Falcons will face a stern test Sunday in Anderson Arena when the team hosts No. 19 Central Michigan at 2 pm for the annual Pink Meet.