KALAMAZOO – Western Michigan had its second-best score ever on Sunday, downing Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green 195.300-192.800.
The Broncos broke 195 points for just the second time in the team’s 37-year history. Western Michigan’s best score came in 2004 when WMU finished with 195.575 points against Kent State.
“The 195.300 is a score that will help us improve our rankings,” WMU coach Dave Kuzara said. “While I am pleased with hitting all 24 routines, we have plenty of detail work to do.”
Western Michigan entered its meet with BGSU, averaging 192.892 points, which is the 35th best average in the NCAA. That’s important because the top 36 teams advance to the NCAA regionals.
Bronco gymnasts finished with 11 personal bests and swept the top six spots on the bars. Caroline O’Brien finished with a personal-best score of 9.850. She was followed by fellow Broncos Kristen Seidowski (9.825) and Cepeda Carter (9.800).
Western Michigan also had four career highs on the floor. Michelle Adams gave WMU the win, finishing with a personal-best score of 9.850.
Even though Bowling Green came up short, the Falcons overall score of 192.800 was its best on the year. Gina Locigno finished with a career-best overall score of 38.775.
Bowling Green had a dominant showing in the vault, finishing with a three-way tie for first place. Lacey Swords, Danielle Wishart and Dawn Christman each had a score of 9.850.
In other MAC action, Central Michigan lost for the first time this season. The Chippewas hosted Texas Woman’s University, losing 192.925-192.225.