Illinois State gymnastics suffered its first loss of the season in a dual meet with Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon, 193.925-192.550.
Coming off a strong collegiate debut last weekend at the Ozone Classic, ISU freshman Gabrielle Cooke won the all-around competition with a compiled score of 38.800.
Illinois State sophomore Meredith LaRoche finished second behind Cooke in the all-around with a total score of 38.350. The reigning Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week also finished second overall on the vault with a score of 9.800.
“I’m very proud of how we started and ended the meet,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “Gabrielle Cooke had a strong meet and Anna Marema was strong on both bars and vault today.”
The win was the first of the season for Bowling Green State. The Falcons won three of the individual events and captured the team victory in two of four events.
Bowling Green State’s effort on the floor exercise helped secure its fourth-consecutive win in a home opener. Four Falcons earned at least a 9.700 in the event, led by BGSU senior Victoria Heath’s score of 9.800.
ISU’s score of 192.550 is the same total it posted at the Ozone Classic. The Redbirds improved their score from last weekend in the bars and beam events, but decreased in vault and floor.
“The team lost some focus and confidence on vault and especially on floor, but beam was our highest scoring event,” Conkling said. “Overall, we looked good but we still need to work on being consistent and confident from the start of the meet to the end.”
The Redbirds return at 6 p.m. Sunday to the Horton Field House for a dual meet with University of Illinois-Chicago.