No. 23 Gymnastics Downs Western Michigan And George Washington In Home Opener With Score Of 194.675
-- Kent, Ohio
The Kent State Gymnastics team was able to defeat Western Michigan and George Washington with a final score of 194.675. That score was high enough to top both the Broncos (194.125) and the Colonials (193.875) in a tri-meet showdown at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes showed up in dominating fashion, where they won all four events of the night. Sophomore Chelsea Drooger (Holland, Mich.) took the vault for Kent State with a score of 9.850, a personal best for her. In addition Drooger managed a 9.775 on bars and finished her night with a 9.700 on the balance beam.
Senior Rachel Guida (Cumberland, R.I.) was the winner of uneven bars event, where she raked in a 9.900. Guida and Senior Lindsay Runyan (Maineville, Ohio) comprised a top two finish for the team in the event where Runyan posted a 9.875. Guida finished the night with with a 9.825 on vault to tie her personal best. Runyun earned a 9.100 in her other event of the evening.
Junior Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) took the Balance Beam for Kent State. She earned a 9.800 on the event to lead all competitors. Case also defeated all other gymnasts to lead the Golden Flashes to a win on the floor exercise. In addition Case earned 9.625 on the vault and a 9.850 on the uneven bar, reaching for her personal best again. For her efforts Case claimed the title of all-around champion with a total score of 39.200.
In addition, Kent State set three more personal bests on the floor exercise. Freshmen Nicolle Eastman and Kaitlin Isaacs each posted a 9.825 and a 9.825 respectively, while sophomore Nicole Radon added a 9.675 to the list of achievements.
The Golden Flashes will return to action next Sunday, February 3 when they compete at Bowling Green at 4:00 p.m.