Falcons Rebound To Tie Home Opener Program Record Against UIC

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The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team made drastic improvements in its second meet of the year, tying a program record score in a home opener with 194.825 Saturday afternoon against UIC. But the Flames were slightly more consistent in scoring 195.200 to get the dual meet victory.

Bowling Green posted team scores of at least 49.000 on three events for the first time since the 2017 MAC Championships. The Falcons outscored the Flames on vault and beam and posted 49.025 on floor. But a 47.575 on bars was too much for BGSU to overcome. The Falcons' 49.175 on beam was the best event score of the day for either team.

THE VAULT
• Bowling Green opened the day by posting a 49.050 on the vault, just shy of the program record 49.125, set in 2014.
• The Falcons got to 49.050 by recording four identical scores of 9.825.
• Among those scores of 9.825 were career-high scores for Taylor Worthington and Elena Lawson.

UNEVEN BARS
• Despite being the team's lowest score of the day, the Falcons posted four career-highs on uneven bars.
• Leslie Delgado led the Falcons with a career-best 9.850 as the anchor on the event.
• Freshman Anna-Maria Kenyai rebounded from a disastrous 8.275 a week ago with a spectacular career-best 9.825.
• Elena Lawson also bounced back from an 8.625 a week ago to score a career-best 9.50.
• Senior Katie Morsefield competed on uneven bars for the first time in her career.

BALANCE BEAM
• Jovannah East posted the routine of the night, tying the BGSU record with a 9.950 on beam. In fact, she received a perfect 10 from one of the two judges.
• East's score, though, was just one of five clutch performances after the Falcons took a fall to open the event.
• Julia Beyer and Lexi Augustine began the rally with scores of 9.675 and 9.825.
• Taylor Worthington followed with a career-best 9.900, just before East's 9.950.
• Lauren DeMeno nailed down a strong rotation with a career-high 9.825 as the anchor.
• The team score of 49.175 was the best rotation of the day for either team.

FLOOR EXERCISE
• Jovannah East posted her second 9.9+ score of the day by anchoring a 9.900 on floor, just off her career-best 9.925.
• The Falcons opened with four consecutive career-best scores on floor.
• Elena Lawson kicked off the floor with a 9.725 and Katie Morsefield followed with 9.800 in her first time competing on the event in her career.
• Julia Beyer added a 9.725 and Tess Muir scored 9.850 to add two more career-bests.
• Lexi Augustine followed those four with a 9.750 before East's 9.900.

NOTABLE
• Bowling Green posted higher team scores on all four events than it did in the season opener at Alabama.
• BGSU's 194.825 equaled the best score in program history in a home opener. The Falcons achieved that score a year ago against Utah State and also did so in 2001 in a triangular against Kent State and UIC.
• The Falcons improved their team score from one meet to the next by more than 5.000 points for the first time since 2006, when the team posted a 184.300 at Rutgers and followed it with 190.550 at Kent State.
• Jovannah East showed the form that took her to the NCAA National Championships a year ago. Competing on three events, she scored 9.825 on vault, 9.900 on floor and 9.950 on beam.
• Taylor Worthington was the Falcons' top scorer among those who competed on two events. She posted a 9.825 on vault and 9.900 on beam.
• Jovannah East won both the balance beam and floor. Those are her 32nd and 33rd first-place event finishes in her career. The rest of the current Falcons have six first place event finishes.
FROM COACH KERRIE TURNER
"After last week, we asked them to really focus on the routines this week. I saw so much more energy and we looked much more like the team we want to be. They were feeding off of each other. This week, we tried to get them out of their comfort zones where they had to work together, and you could see that translate into competition today."

UP NEXT
• MAC competition begins next Sunday as the Falcons compete at preseason MAC favorite Northern Illinois. The meet is set to begin at 2:00 pm ET.
• The Falcons will not return home until host a triangular Friday, Feb. 8. BGSU will host Ball State and Lindenwood in Anderson Arena at 6:30 pm.