MUNCIE, Ind. — Led by a record beam program effort, Ball State’s gymnastics team scored victories over Central Michigan and Illinois State in a three-way “Beach Day” meet on Sunday after noon inside Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals (4-5-1) had five scores of 9.775 or more on beam for a team program record score of 49.150, surpassing the previous mark of 49.125 originally set at the 2000 MAC Championships and later tied in a doubles 2015 at Bowling Green.
Additionally, Ball State tied the second-best jump mark in program history at 49.150 and added a season-best floor score of 49.000 to finish the competition with the second-best team score in history. of the program at 195,850.
On the individual side of things, freshman Grace Sumner lead the beam effort with a career-best score of 9.900. It’s tied for the second-best beam routine in program history, behind only the 9.925 set by Arden Hudson last season at Bowling Green.
Second year Suki Pfister also continued to impress on vault, with Ball State’s best individual score so far this season at 9.925. The career-high score also tops its mark of 9.900 set last Sunday against Kent State.
Pfister’s 9.925 on vault and Sumner’s 9.900 on beam would win each respective event, while the junior Megan Teter took top honors on bars with her 9.800 routine. Overall, the Cardinals had 12 scores of 9.800 or better in Sunday’s competition.
Rotation 1 – Jump
– All six Cardinals on the roster notched scores of at least 9.775 to help the Cardinals finish the event with a program-record team score of 49.150.
– Suki Pfister went on to lead the team with his career-best score and winner of 9.925. This is currently the MAC’s best score on vault this season.
– Seniors Sandra Elsadek and Stefanie Schweikert each landed jumps of 9.825, with Elsadek matching her career-best set earlier this season at WMU.
– BSU also received 9,800 sophomores Victoria Henryas well as scores of 9.775 from junior Alivia Ostendorf and second Hannah Ruthberg
Rotation 2 – Bars
– Youth Megan Teter was the best player in the competition on bars, with a score of 9.800.
– The Cardinals also had three scores of 9,700 or more per junior Grace Evans (9.725) senior Marissa Nychyk (9.725) and second year Kelly Sulek (9.700).
Rotation 3 – Beam
– It was a record performance on beam for the Cardinals, starting with a career-best effort of 9.800 from the junior Alivia Ostendorf.
– Senior Sandra Elsadek followed by matching his career-best score with a 9.775.
– Second year Hannah Ruthberg fell just short of her career high, landing a 9.825
– Fourth in the lineup, BSU’s biggest beam routine of the season so far, as a rookie Grace Sumner notched a career-best 9.900, which tied for the second best score in program history.
– Senior Lauren Volpe rounded out BSU’s scorers with a 9.850, tying its second best score of the season. Volpe’s eight beam routines this season have lasted at least 9.750.
Rotation 4 – Ground
– Ball State finished the game with its best running score of the season, scoring five runs at 9.725 or higher for a 49.000.
– First-year student Erica Cooper improved on his career best effort in his second roster appearance, leading the team with a score of 9.850.
– Senior Sandra Elsadek and junior Taylor Waldo were close behind, earning a season-high 9.825.
The head coach Joanna Saleem:
“We did a great job today. We were thrilled with their focus and commitment to finishing every routine and finishing the whole competition.”
“They all stepped up their jump game today. It’s great that Suki is such a good jumper, but we really need the rest of the group to step up and perform like they did today. They were a bit more focused on their landings.. It was a great way to start the game.
“We did really well on the beam, obviously breaking the program record, but I think we can do even more in the performance. It was fun to see Grace come through and do this great routine.”
“After the great performance on the beam, we talked about finishing the competition. We needed to get to the very end of the last routine, making sure we stayed focused and determined to play for the crowd. Having a good crowd like we did today really helps too; it brings energy to the routines and really helps inspire our student-athletes.”
Ball State’s gymnastics team returns to action on Friday, when they travel to Utah State for a 9 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. MT tri-meet that also includes Southern Utah .