Ball State's gymnastics team posted a 191.625 to 191.275 victory over Illinois State Friday night in Irving Gym on the Ball State campus. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 1-1 on the year, while Illinois State evened their mark at 1-1.
The Cardinals opened the meet on the vault and tallied a 47.575. Nicole Allen led Ball State with a 9.75 and tied for first in the event with Tori Sarantakis of Illinois State. Madison Shorts and Aftyn Siemer tallied identical scores of 9.475 to tie for sixth. The mark was a career high for Shorts, a Ball State freshman. Illinois State managed a 48.225 on the vault.
Illinois State opened on the bars and recorded a 46.875 team score, while the Cardinals tallied a 47.275. On the bars, the Cardinals were led by Angie Hosbach and Kayla Kmiecik with a pair of 9.625's to tie for second. Illinois State's Kim Genereux won the event with a 9.725. The 9.625 was a career best for Hosbach.
After the first two rotations and at the halfway point of the meet, Illinois State led 95.100 to 94.875.
Ball State moved to the beam, while Illinois State competed on the floor and the Cardinals took a 142.975 to 142.825 lead. The Cardinals managed a 48.100 on the beam behind a team high 9.675 by Leah Wilson and Hosbach. The mark was a career high for Hosbach, and the pair tied for fourth on the beam. Illinois State managed a 47.725 on the floor.
In the final event, Ball State swept the floor exercise with Kmiecik and Siemer tying for first with 9.800 marks. Brooklyn Schumacher placed third with a 9.775, while Kristin Vignola was fourth with a 9.725. The 9.800 was a career high for Kmiecik on the floor.