Falcons Record Season-Best Score At No. 22 Ohio State Saturday

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The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team posted a season-high team score of 194.875 Saturday as the team competed against No. 22 Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored 195.875 to post the victory on Senior Night at St. John Arena.

Junior Jovannah East continued her strong season, winning vault, beam and the all-around, while tying for second on floor. Her all-around score of 39.250 is her second-best of the 2019 campaign.

ON THE BARS
• Bowling Green opened the meet with the team's second-best score of the year on the apparatus, posting a 48.500.
• Leslie Delgado, the team's most consistent performer on bars, tied for third place on the event with a 9.800.
• Katie Morsefield, who has been in the bars lineup in a limited role, scored a career-best 9.700, the team's second-best score of the rotation.
• Jovannah East tied her season-best with a 9.675, while Lexi Augustine also scored 9.675.

THE VAULT
• Typically BGSU's best event, the Falcons scored just a 48.450 on vault Saturday, their lowest scoring rotation of the day.
• Despite the team score, the Falcons did post a pair of 9.800+ scores as Jovannah East won the event with a 9.850 and Lauren DeMeno tied for second at 9.800.
• Taylor Worthington added a 9.725.

ON THE FLOOR
• Jovannah East anchored the team with a 9.850, tying for second on the floor.
• Elena Lawson added a 9.775 score, followed by Lexi Augustine and Kayla Rose with matching 9.750s. Katie Morsefield posted a 9.700 for the fifth counting score.

CLOSING ON BEAM
• Jovannah East was event champion on beam with a 9.875.
• Lauren DeMeno and Taylor Worthington tied for third overall with 9.825 scores. For DeMeno, it tied her career-best on the event.
• Julia Beyer also tied her career-best on beam with a 9.800, while Lexi Augustine added 9.775.

THE ALL-AROUND
• Jovannah East was the team's only all-arounder and she defeated a pair of Ohio State all-around competitors.
• Her score of 39.250 was her second-best of the year and just shy of one of the top 10 in program history.
• East won both vault and beam, while tying for second on floor. On the only event she did not place, uneven bars, she tied her season-best.

FROM HEAD COACH KERRIE TURNER
• "We focused quite a bit this week on getting back to our gymnastics and staying focused on where we can make small improvements. I am so pleased the details added up to a better score. The team seemed completely together and present on every event today. I am especially pleased that we had a decent start on bars. We will build on this experience as we move towards Senior Night Friday and prepare for the MAC Championships in two weeks."

UP NEXT
• Bowling Green will return home for Senior Night Friday as the Falcons host Western Michigan at 6:30 pm in Anderson Arena.
• That is the final regular season meet of the year as BGSU will then head to DeKalb, Ill. for the MAC Championships March 23.