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
RECAP: Ball State gymnastics vs. Western Michigan, Illinois-Chicago
Ball State gymnastics (6-9, 3-3 MAC) won its first meet in almost a month against Western Michigan (3-4, 2-4 MAC) and Illinois-Chicago (2-8, 1-1 MAC).
The Cardinals held first place in three of the four events to win with their highest score of the season, 195.450-195.175-194.300.
The team saw the majority of its points come from the vault as three Cardinals placed in the top five. Sophomore Kaitlyn Menzione saw a new personal best, taking first with a score of 9.875. Senior Sarah Ebeyer followed, taking second with a score of 9.850. Freshman Bri Solnim took fourth with a score of 9.800. This strong performance tied the Cardinals' season-high score on vault of 49.000.
Ball State season best scores
Vault: 49.000 (vs. Western Michigan 3/7/17 and vs. N.C. State Jan. 20)
Bars: 48.850 (vs. Western Michigan and Illinois-Chicago today)
Beam: 48.800 (vs. Central Michigan Jan. 12)
Floor: 49.500 (vs. Western Michigan Monday)
Overall: 195.450 (vs. Western Michigan & Illinois-Chicago today)
The Cardinals also finished with a new season high on bars with a score of 48.850.
The team’s previous overall season high was 195.425 against Central Michigan on Feb. 12.
Other notable finishes included a third-place tie from junior Baylee Bell on beam with a score of 9.825, a second-place finish by junior Jordyn Penny on bars with a score of 9.825 and a third-place tie by Menzione on bars with a score of 9.800. Sophomore Maddie Howell also debuted on floor, scoring 9.750 in returning to the all-around position.
Ball State takes on Kent State in Kent, Ohio, on Friday in its final conference meet before the MAC championship. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.