WMU Gymnastics Snaps Ball State's MAC Unbeaten Streak
MUNCIE, Ind.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team handed Ball State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season, defeating the Cardinals on the road Friday, 194.200 to 193.275.
The Cardinals entered the meet riding five straight wins, including a 3-0 mark in the MAC. It was also Ball State's first home loss of the season.
"This was a big win on the road against team that was undefeated in the MAC," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "I couldn't be more proud of the women on this team. They truly showed that Broncos have heart. It was as tough as we have ever been."
Senior Caroline O'Brien tied the second highest score in program history on the uneven bars, placing first with a career-high 9.900. O'Brien was 17th in the nation on bar's in this past week's GymInfo rankings.
O'Brien also had a big night on floor exercise and the balance beam, finishing third on floor with a 9.825 and fourth on beam with a 9.800.
Shelby Pflug and freshman Kayla Weber joined O'Brien as individual champions. Pflug tied for first on vault with a 9.700 and Weber tied for first on beam with a 9.875. Junior transfer Shelby MacDonald was runner-up on bars, scoring a 9.850. Weber edged out Ball State's Brittney Emmons as the top all-arounder, totaling a 38.475.
The victory improved Western Michigan to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in conference competition. BSU fell to 5-3 and 3-1 in the MAC.
WMU has won its last four meets against Ball State, dating back to 2010.
The Broncos return to University Arena for their first home meet in over a month, Feb. 24, hosting rival Central Michigan, Sunday, Feb. 24, on Girl Scouts' Day at 1 p.m.