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Bronco Gymnastics Sends Seniors Off With a Win

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 03/09/2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan gymnastics team defeated UIC 195.075 to 194.225 Sunday on Senior Day in the Broncos’ final home meet of 2014. WMU’s overall score was the best this season and ranked as the fourth highest in school history.

The win was Western Michigan’s fifth of the year and third straight at home. Seniors Lauren Bledsoe, Shelby MacDonald, Kristen Seidowski and Kelsey Turnquist all competed for their final time in University Arena.

“Our seniors each had great individual performances and they again made huge contributions toward our team success today,” said WMU head coach Penny Jernigan. Lauren floor routine was nearly flawless. Kristen, Shelby & Kelsey all turned in strong routines on bars and beam too.

“Other standout performers were Michelle Adams on vault Miya Dotson on bars and Kayla Weber on balance beam.”

UIC led throughout the day until the final rotation and the Broncos trailed 146.400 to 146.225 entering their final event. Western Michigan came from behind and pulled ahead with a 48.850 on floor exercise while the Flames went 47.825 on balance beam.

Western Michigan had the top individual in three of the four events. Bledsoe made the most of her final performance in her home arena, tying a career-high 9.900 as she anchored the Broncos’ floor exercise lineup. It was the third time in her career and second time this season she has recorded a 9.900 on floor. The score ties as the third best all-time at WMU.

Sophomore Jessi Buis claimed her fourth first place finish on vault this year and matched her season high with a 9.850. Kayla Weber and Michelle Adams tied for fourth, each with a 9.775. Weber also had the Broncos’ best score on the balance beam, placing second with a 9.825.

Dotson won the uneven bars with a career-best 9.825.

The Broncos conclude the regular season with a final Mid-American Conference dual at rival Central Michigan on Saturday, March 15. WMU heads to Ypsilanti on March 22 to defend its 2013 title at the MAC Championships, hosted this year by Eastern Michigan.
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