Sophomore Kaitlyn Menzione does her floor routine during the meet against Kentucky Jan. 29 at John E. Worthen Arena. Menzione received a 9.900, a career best for her, and first place overall on the floor. Breanna Daugherty // DN
Ball State gymnastics qualifies three alternates for Regional Championships
Three Ball State gymnasts qualified as alternates for the NCAA Regional Championships in Urbana-Champaign on April 1.
The Cardinals finished seventh at the Mid-American Conference championships, but sophomore Kaitlyn Menzione, senior Sarah Ebeyer and junior Baylee Bell will be alternates on the all-around, vault and beam, respectfully.
Last year, Ball State sent four competitors and two alternates to the NCAA regionals, but five gymnasts competed after then-junior Kayla Beckler received word that she was scheduled to compete a few days before the competition.
Menzione ranks 14th in the Central region in the all-around event, posting an average score of 38.375. Ebeyer is tied for 36th in the Central region on vault with a regional qualifying score of 9.805. Bell is tied for 22nd with an RQS of 9.840.
Earlier this season, Menzione set a career high on floor with a score of 9.900 against Kentucky. Bell also hit a career high on beam this season with a score of 9.900 against Kent State. Ebeyer averaged a 9.756 score on the vault, with a season-high score of 9.850 against Western
The three gymnasts will be in attendance with teams such as No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 17 Iowa, No. 19 Illinois, No. 22 Eastern Michigan and Ohio State. They will also be competing against individuals from various schools across the country, two schools of which are in the MAC.