The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team rebounded from a slow start Saturday afternoon but the Falcons split a triangular meet with Maryland and Yale. BGSU scored 193.875 points to defeat Yale, which finished with 188.525. Maryland posted a 194.675 to get the win.
Bowling Green entered the meet having scored at least 194.000 points in each of the past four outings, including a 195.550 just this past Sunday. But the Falcons struggled early, scoring just 48.050 on bars and then 48.000 on the balance beam to fall behind the Terrapins quickly.
On bars, Alexandria Porter led the way with a 9.700, while both Jamilah Ali and Alyssa Nocella scored 9.775 on the beam. BGSU, though, went to the third rotation trailing Maryland by more than a full point.
On the floor, Bowling Green began to rally as Nocella posted a season-best score of 9.875 as the best individual result of the meet. Megan Harrington added a 9.775 and five Falcons recorded scores of at least 9.725 for a team score of 48.850.
Bowling Green moved to vault for the final rotation and the Falcons kept the momentum going with a 48.975 team score, the best score of any of the three teams. Amanda Lievendag and Lauren Feely shared top scoring honors on the night with a 9.850 and Nocella had a career-best 9.800.
Maryland, though, used consistent routines throughout to keep Bowling Green from overtaking the Terps in the end. Their 194.675 was their second-best result of the year to remain undefeated at home.
Nocella overcame a 9.425 on the uneven bars to finish third in the all-around with a 38.875. She recorded two scores of at least 9.800 as well as the 9.775 on balance beam.
Maryland improved to 6-3 with the win and Bowling Green moved to 6-5, while Yale fell to 1-5. The Falcons will return home for Senior Day on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm to host Northern Illinois. BGSU is 3-1 in MAC competition while NIU is 2-1 and the winner will remain in contention for a possible regular season MAC Championship.