Pfister’s 9.900 on vault leads gymnastics against Kent State

MUNCIE, Ind. — Despite several strong performances, Ball State’s gymnastics team suffered a 194.875-194.800 setback to Kent State on Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action at Worthen Arena.

Despite the loss, the Cardinals (1-4; 0-2 Mid-American Conference) managed to put on a strong showing against the Golden Flashes (3-0; 2-0 MAC) in Game 1 at home.

Leading the way was in second grade Suki Pfister with Ball State’s first mark of 9.900 of the season, as she recorded a career-best jump in the Cardinals’ first rotation.

Ball State student-athletes also recorded three additional scores of 9.825 or higher during the competition.

Rotation 1 – Jump

  • Second year Suki Pfister recorded Ball State’s best individual score so far this season with a career-best jump of 9.900 … The effort tied for first place in the meet.
  • Second year Victoria Henry wasn’t far behind, landing the season’s best jump of 9.875
  • The Cardinals finished with their second best jump score of the season at 49.025, topping Kent State’s score of 48.750 on apparatus.

Rotation 2 – Bars

  • Junior Megan Teter tied for first on bars, landing a season-best routine of 9.825
  • Three other Cardinals finished above a 9.700, with sophomores Kelly Sulek and Victoria Henry every 9.750s landing and freshman Grace Sumner arrive at 9.725.
  • The Cardinals also held a 48.675-48.625 advantage over KSU on bars for the day.

Rotation 3 – Beam

  • Junior Taylor Waldo led the Cardinals on beam, tying his career-best performance with a first-place 9.850.
  • Second year Hannah Ruthberg was right behind in second with 9.775.
  • In total, the Cardinals had five scores of 9.700 or more to win the event by a margin of 48.825 to 48.525.

Rotation 4 – Ground

  • Unfortunately, it was on the floor that the Cardinals struggled the most, with only two scores over 9.700.
  • Junior Taylor Waldo led BSU for the second straight event with a 9.775.
  • Senior Sandra Elsadek followed by a 9.725.
  • Kent State would score a 48.975 on the ground, to BSU’s 48.275, to escape with the meet victory.

All around

Second year Hannah Ruthberg was Ball State’s only all-around gymnast, earning scores of 9.775 on vault and balance beam, while finishing the day with an all-around score of 38.150.

From the head coach Joanna Saleem

“You love seeing Suki come out and start having that consistency from one encounter to the next. I’m so excited for her and Victoria to have stepped up and performed well, just like they did in the gymnasium. training. That’s what we’re asking to do, bring it to the competition floor.”

“I’m really excited about what I saw on beam and bars today. There were a few little mistakes here and there, but the team just stuck there and kept fighting. They were able to fit where they needed to.”

“We are doing a great job of focusing on ourselves and not getting distracted by the outside. We have things to learn from today, but that’s what it means to come into this first meeting at home and enter the middle part of the season. We have to learn to stay focused and bring the same kind of enthusiasm and determination from week to week. We can’t let go.”


It’s going to be another busy week for the Cardinals, with two games on the schedule. The first is a Friday Quad East of Michigan, which also includes West Michigan and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. On Sunday, the Cardinals return home for a tri-game to take on Central Michigan and Illinois State.