Even though Ball State (1-4, 0-1 MAC) took first place in three events, Kent State’s final push (3-0, 2-0 MAC) in the floor exercise gave the Golden Flashes the victory 194.875-194.800 over the Cardinals.
“We had some solid performances, but we went to the floor and gave it away,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “We kind of faltered there because that’s not the floor Ball State usually does.”
Ball State started the meet with a tie on vault, as Cardinals sophomore Suki Pfister and Golden Flashes sophomore Kyndall Gilbert both scored a 9.900. Ball State sophomore Victoria Henry was third at 9.875.
The two schools are tied again in the uneven parallel bars, as Ball State junior Megan Teter and Kent State runner-up Sarah Haxton each scored 9.825. The Flashes took third place thanks to junior Karlie Franz who received a score of 9.800.
Ball State earned its only solo win of the afternoon on balance beam, where junior Taylor Waldo scored 9.850. Sophomore Hannah Ruthberg tied for second with two other Golden Flashes with a score of 9.775.
The Cardinals lost their lead after the final event, floor exercise. Kent State took first and second place, with Franz scoring 9.875 and junior Rachel Decavitch scoring 9.825. Waldo is tied for third with Flashes freshman Cheyenne Pratola with a score of 9.775.
“It was a great, solid day across three events,” said Saleem. “On the floor, it just wasn’t up to the level of competition we do in the training gym.”
Ball State returns on Friday, Jan. 28, when the Cardinals travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to take on Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
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