Gymnastics Finishes Second in MAC Regular Season, Fall at Central Michigan
"Congratulations to Central Michigan on winning the MAC regular season," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "We had a great first half of the meet and were in a position to contend for the title. Our efforts fell short on floor and beam. We will enter the MAC Championships as the No. 2 seed."
Western Michigan was nearly even with CMU after the first two rotations, trailing 97.850 to 97.800. The Broncos scored a 48.875 on the uneven bars in their first event and then went 48.925 on vault in the second rotation. Both scores ranked on WMU's all-time top-10 lists. The 48.925 was second best in program history, only behind the school record of 49.175 set at home on Feb. 26 against Ball State.
Sophomore Lauren Bledsoe was WMU's lone individual champion, winning vault with a 9.875, the second highest score in her career. Senior Taylor Zondervan tied for second with a 9.825. Zondervan and junior Caroline O'Brien also tied for second on bars, each scoring a 9.800.
On its third rotation, WMU managed just a 48.375 on floor exercise, coming in uncharacteristically below the team season average of 48.739. CMU, meanwhile, began to pull away with a 48.700 on beam. The Broncos finished the day with their lowest event score, going 47.750 on beam. Central Michigan concluded with its best rotation, totaling a 48.975 on floor.
Sophomore Kelsey Turnquist placed third on beam with a 9.775. Freshman Michelle Adams scored a 9.800 to tie for third on floor. Zondervan added a fourth-place finish with a 9.750 on beam and recorded a 9.550 on floor for an all-around score of 38.925, her second best all-around total of the year.
Western Michigan (8-7 overall) finishes the regular season with a 4-2 record in MAC dual meets for the second year in a row. The Broncos head to Northern Illinois for the MAC Championships, Saturday, March 24.