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Gymnastics Falls to Nationally Ranked Teams


Ball State's gymnastics team competed at West Virginia against three nationally ranked opponents, including the Mountaineers, Ohio State and Auburn.

The Cardinals fell to 1-5 on the season after posting a 191.775 score to finish fourth.  Ohio State, ranked 11th nationally, won the event with a 195.450.  West Virginia, ranked No. 24 in the nation, was second with a 195.175, while 13th-ranked Auburn was third with a 193.650.

Ball State's best event was the bars where the Cardinals managed a 48.950 team score.  The mark tied for the sixth best effort in school history and the best since March 12,2004, for the Cardinals.

Ball State tallied a 48.025 on the vault, a 47.775 on the floor and a 47.025 on the beam.

Brooklyn Schumacher tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.850, while Julie Cotter scored a 9.825 and Kayla Kmiecik managed a 9.800.  Schumacher's mark was a career high for the freshman and tied the 18th best mark in school history.  Cotter and Kmiecik each tied their career highs on the bars.

Nicole Allen led the team on the vault with a 9.725, while Aftyn Siemer was Ball State's top performer on the beam with a 9.725.  On the floor, Angie Hosbach led the Cardinals with a 9.650.

Ball State, under the direction of head coach Nadalie Walsh, will return to action Friday vs. Eastern Michigan in its annual THINK PINK meet at 7 p.m. in Irving Gym.

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