The Ball State women’s gymnastics team huddles together before the last event of the competition against Iowa University Jan. 17 at the Ball State Recreation Center. DN PHOTO MARCEY BURTON
GYMNASTICS: Winless season could see first victory this weekend
Coming off its strongest meet of the season, the Ball State gymnastics team hopes to carry momentum into the next competition.
The Cardinals will host Bowling Green and will look to get its first Mid-American Conference win of the season Friday.
On Friday, Ball State traveled to Northern Illinois. Head coach Joanna Saleem said that may have been the team’s worst meet, seeing its lowest score. She said Ball State then responded strong Sunday with its highest score of the season at 192.350.
That still wasn’t enough to win against Central Michigan, but Saleem said there are still strong points to take out of the meet.
“We earned the scores we got,” Saleem said. “… It was the first time all season that we showed up on three events and did our job.”
The balance beam may have been the lowest point the team had Sunday, but Saleem said she doesn’t feel that will be the case for the rest of the season.
She also wanted to focus on finding rhythm and being consistent with all four events on a regular basis.
“Gymnastics is a marathon rather than a sprint,” Saleem said.
Ball State started out slow within MAC play at 0-2. With some injuries from last year and this being Saleem’s first year, the focus is on consistency.
She is still trying to find the right lineups that are most effective.
“If we can show up and hit our routines and make it competitive, then at the end of the day, the match is decided on how good we did instead of how many falls we had,” Saleem said.
Saleem said she still hasn’t had the best lineups on the floor because of injuries and sicknesses, but other women are stepping up and helping out the team.