Jovannah East’s Near-Perfect Routine Catapults Falcons On Floor

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The Bowling Green State University gymnastics team posted five career-bests and a season-best on the floor Sunday as the Falcons threatened a school record that has stood for 17 years. Jovannah East tied the school record with a 9.975 on the rotation as the Falcons scored a 49.350, just shy of the program record 49.425 on the event. The 49.350 score would have been good enough to surpass the school record in any of the other three rotations.

The score capped a roller-coaster day for the Falcons as Kent State came away with the team victory, scoring a 195.800 – the best in the MAC this year. Bowling Green ended with a 194.075.

BEGINNING AT THE END
• The Falcons opened the floor with four consecutive career-bests, followed by a season-best. Then Jovannah East took her place among the all-time greats in program history.
• East recorded a 9.975 (earning a perfect 10.0 from one judge for the second time this year), joining national champion Marny Oestreng as the only student-athletes with a 9.975 on floor in program history.
• Julia Beyer opened the floor by scoring a career-best 9.750, a score that was eventually dropped. The next five Falcons all scored at least a 9.800.
• Katie Morsefield tied her career-best with a 9.800, followed by a 9.825 by Elena Lawson. Lexi Augustine then scored a 9.925, a mark that is tied for seventh-best in program history.
• Kayla Rose, competing in just her second meet of the year, then had a season-best 9.825 before East closed out the rotation.

OTHER STRONG EFFORTS
• BGSU started on vault and Taylor Worthington posted a career-best 9.850. She has scored at least a 9.700 on vault in every meet this year.
• Jovannah East also had a 9.850, her third consecutive meet with a score of at least 9.825 on the event.
• Rachel Creagh pushed her career-best score up a notch, recording a 9.575 on vault.
• Lexi Augustine scored a season-best 9.825 on bars, just shy of her career-best 9.850.
• Leslie Delgado had a 9.800 on bars, her fifth-straight meet with at least that score.
• On beam, Julia Beyer tied her season-best for the second consecutive meet with a 9.725.
• Taylor Worthington and Jovannah East concluded beam with back-to-back 9.800 scores.
• East bounced back from a fall on bars to score a 38.800 on the all-around. She had three scores of at least 9.800.

FROM COACH KERRIE TURNER
"I talked to the team about showing their character going into floor. They really fought to finish the meet well. It was contagious. The energy was really high and they did a great job finishing it out. We actually changed Jovannah's tumbling passes last week, so Friday night she got a routine under her belt. And then today, she was on fire. Every detail was there and it was really cleanly done."

NEXT UP
• Bowling Green will be back in action Friday at Central Michigan, beginning at 7:00 pm.