Ball State gymnastics headed out to Washington, D.C. for a quad meet against No. 16 George Washington, New Hampshire and Towson Feb. 5, but finished fourth.

The Cardinals averaged a score of 48.50 in all four events, matching last meet’s average of 48.50. For the most part, the scores improved from last week’s meet. A major improvement was seen in the vault score as it increased by 0.525 points. This increase was led freshman Bri Solnim who tied for fourth with a score of 9.850.

One of the highest scores of the night was from junior Baylee Bell, who tied for first place in the beam event with a score of 9.875. This finish was just enough to give Bell her career-high score on the beam event. Other notable finishes included a third-place tie on the uneven bars by junior Jordyn Penny with a score of 9.825.

While the high scores of the night did bump the Cardinals up a bit on the score board, the lower-ranking scores held the team back from gaining a solid lead against the competition. In the end, The Cardinals finished in fourth place out of four teams with an overall score of 194.175. This finish takes the Cardinals overall average down 0.004 points to place them at 194.190.

This is the final out-of-conference meet before the Cardinals head into a long stretch of Mid-American Conference competition.

The Cardinals will return home at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 to take on Central Michigan.