Rhett Umphress

Their final placings weren't spectacular, but coach Nadalie Walsh was more than happy with the effort from her gymnasts.

Junior Brittney Emmons and sophomore Nicole Allen combined to hit seven of eight routines.

"I think that's a huge accomplishment," Walsh said. "They did a really good job."

Walsh admitted Saturday's performances weren't the best for either gymnast, but she expressed her joy for the overall quality the duo showed.

"They did what they do pretty consistently," Walsh said. "They didn't over-try. They didn't hold back."

Allen posted the highest individual event results between the two Cardinals. Her 9.75 on the vault and 9.775 on the floor exercise were both good for 21st place.

The sole missed routine came on the balance beam for Nicole Allen. She fell during her first trick of the event but came back to finish the beam and the rest of the meet without a major mistake.

Emmons finished with the higher all-around score of 38.775.

"She is able to just do her gymnastics in any arena, anywhere," Walsh said.

Alabama ran away with the team title at the Central Regional, sweeping the individual titles. In a close contest for second place and a trip to the national championship, No. 14 Illinois defeated the other four teams as less than a point separated second through sixth.

Around the country, No. 24 Kent State — the lowest-ranked team at its regional site — upset its competition to qualify for nationals as a team for the first time.

For more on Saturday's meet, including reactions from Emmons and Allen, check Monday's issue of The Ball State Daily News.

Unofficial results (out of 42 competitors)

Vault

Nicole Allen – 9.75 (21st)

Brittney Emmons – 9.725 (27th)

Uneven Bars

Nicole Allen – 9.725 (28th)

Brittney Emmons – 9.675 (34th)

Balance Beam

Brittney Emmons – 9.65 (35th)

Nicole Allen – 9.05 (41st)

Floor Exericse

Nicole Allen – 9.775 (21st)

Brittney Emmons – 9.725 (31st)

All-Around

Brittney Emmons – 38.775

Nicole Allen – 38.3

Pre-meet rankings

Vault

Allen – 15th

Emmons – 26th

Uneven bars

Emmons – 33rd

Allen – 38th

Balance beam

Allen – 35th

Emmons – 38th

Floor exercise

Allen – 27th

Emmons – 30th

All-around

Emmons – 15th

Allen – 16th

Team Results

* No. 2 Alabama – 197.275

* No. 14 Illinois – 195.925

No. 11 Penn State – 195.85

No. 22 Auburn – 195.6

Kentucky – 195.075

No. 25 Central Michigan – 195.075

* The top two teams advance to the NCAA championships beginning April 15