GYMNASTICS: Improvement showing for team

Sophomore Erin Patchey begins her floor routine Jan. 17. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
Sophomore Erin Patchey begins her floor routine Jan. 17. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

Season-high’s are being set, but the win’s aren’t accumulating.

Ball State Gymnastics had another season-high team score of 193.175 and a season’s best on the vault with a score of 48.725, though they still came up short against Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference play last weekend.

The vault score the team produced was close to breaking the school record on team vault with 48.9. Head Coach Joanna Saleem wanted to improve their team scores on vault all season and the team seems to be putting things together.

“The girls have been working on the little things that make the routine good,” said Saleem.

Brooke Evans and Erin Patchey both tied their career highs in Vault to contribute.

While Vault routines are getting better, they still have been struggling to find consistency throughout the whole meet. Ball State had a few falls in its bar and floor routines, which prevented them from the high scores they wanted.

“We made too many little mistakes,” said Saleem. “The mistakes were ones we don’t usually make.”

Saleem said they are still trying to take what they do in practice out to the floor in their meets. The girls are starting to hold each other accountable ins and out of practice, allowing leaders to emerge within the young team.

“Everyone is starting to step up. They don’t want to lose anymore and they are determined to change that,” said Saleem.

Saleem expressed that consistency is still key, but the improvement has and will keep showing.

Ball State will try to end their losing streak when they travel to compete against Southeast Missouri Friday.


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