The Eastern Michigan University women’s gymnastics team earned a hard-fought victory with a 194.150-193.775 on the road against Bowling Green State University on Jan. 31. The game was moved from the Convocation Center to Anderson Arena due to the weather in Ypsilanti.
Eastern Michigan earned its third straight win after beating Western Michigan University and Ball State University earlier this month. The Eagles are now 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference, after starting the season with four consecutive losses.
In the first rotation, sophomore Cortney Bezold got the Eagles off to a good start with a career-high of 9.850 on the bars and junior Emili Dobronics notched a 9.775. The Eagles led following the bars, with a score of 48.650-48.250. Leslie Delgado had a high score for the Falcons, finishing with a 9.850.
EMU followed the bars up with another nice performance on the vault. Cali Harden, an EMU sophomore, earned a career-best 9.800, while senior Megan Hultgren scored a 9.700. At the midway point, the Eagles led by 0.125 points. Lauren DeMeno led the Falcons with a 9.800 of her own on the vault. On the floor, Jada Rondeau and Dobronics both earned 9.800 scores as the team finished with a 47.825 score, heading into the final rotation.
In the final rotation, the beam, EMU extended their lead with a 49.075-point performance. Dobronics continued her great night with a career-high 9.825 score. Two other Eagles earned career-highs on the beam as freshman Caitlin Slater (9.875) and Hultgren (9.875) helped EMU finish off the victory. Bowling Green’s Lexi Augustine finished with a 9.775, which was a season-best, but it wasn’t enough for the Falcons.
The team will remain on the road with a meet against the University of Illinois-Chicago at noon on Sunday, Feb. 3.