Ross Rothschild


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.

Fans holding up signs at Ball State gymnastics quad-meet on Feb. 14 at Worthen Arena. 

Ball State hosting MAC gymnastics championship

Worthen Arena will play host to the women's gymnastics Mid-American Conference on March 19. Ball State will compete against six other teams for the Championship. The other schools competing include Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. While Ball State is 1-5 on the season against MAC opponents, the Cardinals have had several individuals finish among the top of the conference in individual categories. Senior Denasiha Christian holds the teams highest three scores on vault this season as well as the highest in the MAC with a 9.975.

The Ball State Gymnastics team signs posters for fans after their meet against Eastern Michigan and Illinois State on Jan. 24 in Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Coaches, fans and players enjoy new gymnastics venue

Ball State gymnastics outgrew its previous home in Irving Gym, located in the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center, so it moved locations this season. The team now performs at Worthen Arena, like many other athletic teams at Ball State. “I was hoping that when we got down there, we would have more of an event-type atmosphere, and that has definitely happened,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “You can turn the lights off and [make use of] the spotlights. I love that it is fun for the crowd to be able to participate. It is important for the fans to enjoy the event and want to come back”.

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