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. Slonim places second with a score of 9.725. Breanna Daugherty // DN

RECAP: Ball State Gymnastics vs. Eastern Michigan

Ball State gymnastics team (4-8, 2-2 MAC) continued their MAC road trip taking on Eastern Michigan (8-3, 4-1 MAC). While the team saw a 0.600-point improvement since last meet, the Cardinals fell to the Eagles, 195.950-194.225.

Head coach Joanna Saleem talks to some of the gymnasts in between events during the meet against Townson on Jan. 17 at Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State sending most gymnasts to regional competition since 1999

Ball State will be sending the most competitors to the NCAA Regionals in the program's history, barring the team’s 1999 performance. The 1999 season was different, however, since the Cardinals qualified as a whole team. This time, four individuals and two alternates qualified with individual season scores.

Senior Denasiha Christian performs her routine on the beam during the meet against Illinois State and Eastern Michigan on Jan. 24 at Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO KORINA VALENZUELA

Denasiha Christian: From walk-on to regional competitor

After three years of being an alternate at the NCAA regionals, senior gymnast Denasiha Christian will be competing in two individual events in the Iowa City Regional. Even with her first place performances on both floor and vault at the Mid-American Conference championships, Christian didn't think she would qualify individually for regional competition.

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