Freshman Bri Slonim smiles toward the crowd and judges during her routine on the balance beam during the meet against Northern Illinois on Jan. 15 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals compete in their final home meet against Western Michigan (2-4, 1-4 MAC) on Sunday. Breanna Daugherty // DN File
RECAP: Ball State gymnastics vs. Western Michigan
The Ball State gymnastics team took the floor in their final home meet of the season against Western Michigan. While the team lost the meet 195.200-194.750, the night was highlighted by many individual records and a school record that were broken.
The floor event is where the team shined, as the school-record score for the floor event was broken with a combined score of 49.500. Senior Kayla Beckler and sophomores Sydney Finke and Kaitlyn Menzione all tied for first with a score of 9.925. Seniors Sarah Ebeyer and Shelby Arms tied their personal career highs with scores of 9.875 and 9.850. Junior Claire Collins also finished with a personal best of 9.850.
Other notable finishes of the night include a second place finish from freshman Bri Slonim with a score of 9.825 and a third place finish from junior Jordyn Penny with a score of 9.800 on vault. Penny and sophomore Maddie Howell tied for second with a score of 9.875. Howell had a career-high performance on the bars in her first competitive routine of the year. On beam, junior Jackie Duffy took second place with a personal best score of 9.850 and Slonim placed third with a score of 9.825.
Ball State gymnastics event records
Beam: 49.125 (MAC Championships- 3/18/00)
Bars: 49.275 (@ Illinois- Chicago- 3/9/01)
Vault: 49.100 (@ Northern Illinois- 2/19/16)
Floor: 49.500 (vs. Western Michigan- 3/5/17)
*49.400 (Cardinal Classic- 1/26/01)
The Cardinals will meet the Broncos and the University of Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan.