BALL STATE: Gymnast Denasiha Christian Wins MAC Floor Title
March 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Ball State's Denasiha Christian won the Mid-American Conference Floor Exercise Championship, while the Cardinals finished fifth at the league meet.
Christian tallied a 9.925 on the floor to outdistance the 9.900 mark of Taylor Bolender of Central Michigan. The 9.925 mark tied for the sixth best floor score in Ball State history. Christian becomes Ball State's first individual MAC Champion since Nicole Allen won the floor and the vault at the 2011 league championship meet.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Joanna Saleem, the Cardinals improved upon their seventh place finish at last year's meet with a team score of 193.975 to finish ahead of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Central Michigan won the team title with a 196.475 mark, followed by Kent State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Ball State.
On the vault, Brooke Evans managed a tie for fifth with a 9.800, while the Cardinals tallied a 48.750 team score.
Ball State scored a 48.625 team score on the bars with Brooklyn Schumacher's 9.825 mark and tie for eighth leading the way.
On the beam, Samantha Santos led the Cardinals with a tie for fifth and a 9.775 score. Ball State tallied a 47.600 team score on the beam.
The Cardinals managed a 49.00 team score on the floor behind Christian's first-place finish and a tie for seventh by Erin Patchey. Patchey tallied a career high 9.825 on the floor.