Junior Baylee Bell prepares to start her routine on the balance beam during the meet against Northern Illinois on Jan. 15 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals placed seventh at MAC. Breanna Daugherty // DN File
PREVIEW: Ball State Gymnastics vs. Central Michigan
Ball State gymnastics looks to get back in the win column against MAC rival Central Michigan Feb. 12.
After a few rough finishes last weekend, the Cardinals are working harder in practice.
“We changed the way we were training this week a little bit and changed our approach in the gym,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “Ultimately, it’s about making sure they come in with the right mindset because they have the ability to do it. We have to take it out of the gym and put it on the practice floor.”
Junior Baylee Bell hit a new career high on the beam with a score of 9.875 in last week's quad-meet and wants to keep up the momentum.
“The whole team has been focusing on detail in the gym, so I have been doing the same thing,” Bell said. “This week, we also got a lot of repetitions done on beam, so I think that will help.”
Though the Cardinals haven't won since Jan. 20, they've topped 194 points in their last two meets, and they average 194.190 per meet.
“There were mistakes that were made, but we still had some other people that did really well,” Saleem said. “That balance is there; had everyone done at their normal performance or better, then you look at what the score could’ve been.”
Central Michigan is just behind Ball State with an average 194.150 score.
“The only control we have over the rankings is being able to go out and hit our routines,” Saleem said. “We’re coming in the gym to clean up our landings, making sure were sticking dismounts and not getting caught up in scores and rankings. At the end of the day, the only thing we can control is how we perform.
Bell said the Cardinals' confidence will give them an edge over the Chippewas.
The meet begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at Worthen Arena.