The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team was upset by Texas Woman's University Saturday night in the Lonestar State. Texas Woman's tied their team best score this year with a 194.250 to take an early lead and then rally late to defeat BGSU's 193.325.
Bowling Green got off to a slow start on the uneven bars but bounced back on vault and floor to take a lead heading into the final rotation. The Falcons, though, struggled on beam and were passed late.
Gina Locigno won the all-around with a 38.825 and Megan Harrington won both floor and beam, scoring a 9.850 and a 9.750 respectively. Lauren Feely had the top score on vault with a 9.800.
The Falcons opened on bars and freshman Rachel Reis posted the team's top score of a 9.700. As a team, though, the Falcons scored just a 47.975 on the apparatus and fell behind quickly as TWU scored a solid 48.450 on vault.
The Falcons did rebound as the two teams swapped events as Bowling Green scored 48.725 on vault, but Texas Woman's scored 48.675 to keep BGSU from taking the lead. Along with Feely's 9.800, Jamilah Ali and Locigno each scored a 9.750 on vault.
The Falcons moved to their strongest event, the floor exercise, for the third rotation and the team responded. Bowling Green scored 48.850 behind Harrington's 9.850. Locigno added a 9.775 and Alyssa Nocella and Megan Valentini each scored 9.750. Meanwhile, Texas Woman's scored 48.350 on beam but the Falcons took the lead to the final rotation 145.550-145.475.
TWU scored a strong 48.775 on floor and Bowling Green needed an almost equal performance on balance beam. But BGSU had two falls and the Falcons were unable to hold onto the lead. Harrington led with a 9.750 for Bowling Green.
The overall team score of 193.325 is the team's third-lowest of the season. Despite the result, the Falcons have a big week ahead.
Bowling Green, now 7-6 overall, will compete for a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season championship Thursday night. At 4-1 in the MAC, the Falcons will compete at No. 23 Kent State at 7 pm. With a victory, BGSU would earn at least a two-way tie at the top of the MAC standings with Kent. At 4-1, No. 16 Central Michigan could also share the MAC Championship with a victory over Northern Illinois Sunday.