Gymnasts finish sixth in championships, Nikki Patterson records personal best

Nikki Paterson competes on floor during the MAC Conference Championships at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center in Ypsilanti on Saturday, on March 22, 2014.

The Eastern Michigan University women’s gymnastics team ended its season on Saturday with a sixth place finish in the Mid-American Conference Championships at the Convocation Center with a score of 193.850.

Central Michigan University took first place in the event with a 196.475. Kent State University, led by MAC coach of the year Brice Biggin, took second place with a score of 195.125. Following them was Bowling Green State University, Northern Illinois University and Ball State University. Western Michigan University took last place in the event.

Starting on the beam, Eastern recorded its lowest point total of the evening with a 48.200, despite strong performances from Kaylee Meyers, Carrina Lo Bello and All-MAC first teamer Anna Willette, who all scored a 9.700 in the event.

Shawna Ciaramella and Kimberly Ebeyer followed them up with a 9.550 each. Marie Case, MAC gymnast of the year, placed first in the event with a 9.900.

On the floor, EMU improved their score to 48.375 behind impressive performances from Paulina Miller and Chantelle Loehner, who both recorded a 9.750 in the event. Ciaramella threw in a 9.700 and Nikki Patterson and Ebeyer rounded out EMU’s scores with a 9.650 and 9.525 respectively.

The third event for Eastern was the vault, where the Eagles earned a 48.625.

Freshman Bianca Jordaan led the Eagles in the event with a 9.800 and she took fifth place in the event. Willette followed that up with a 9.725 to place second for the Eagles. All contributing a 9.700 in the event were EMU gymnasts Lo Bello, Miller and Ashlin Chambliss.

The final event of the evening was the bars for EMU, and it was the best of the night.

All five qualifying scores were at least a 9.700 and had Paterson, tie her personal best. The Eagles were led by Ariyanna Smith with a 9.800, which tied Jordaan for best score of the evening for EMU, and was followed by Patterson with a 9.750.

Kelsie Brooks, Ashley Quinton and Willette all scored a 9.700 to finish the meet for EMU. The Eagles as a team scored a 48.650 on the bars.

This was the last team meet for EMU this season. Willette qualified to participate in the NCAA Regional on balance beam. The meet is Saturday, April 5.

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