Record-Courier staff report
Kent State senior standout Marie Case won the all-around with a career-best 39.600, leading the Golden Flashes to a 196.225-195.925 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday night at the M.A.C. Center to wrap up the Mid-American Conference regular-season gymnastics championship.
Fittingly, Case's career effort came on Senior Night as the Golden Flashes honored their three seniors: Case, Nikki Moore and Ashley Transue.
Win the win, the Golden Flashes improve to 9-3 overall and end the MAC portion of their schedule with a perfect 6-0 record for the second consecutive season.
Bowling Green falls to 7-7 and 4-2 in the MAC.
Case's 39.600 in the all-around is the second best in school history and pushes her career point total to 1,534.300.
"Marie is the type of kid that just shines every week," said Kent State coach Brice Biggin. "She takes pride in her ability to help the team out. Obviously you look at it as an individual accomplishment, but that's not the way she goes about it ... that's a team effort that she puts in."
After going into the last rotation down 147.175-146.750, Kent State rallied with a season-best floor routine score of 49.475. Case landed a career-best 9.975, which tied her for second in Kent State's record book for individual meet records.
Case took first on the floor with her 9.975, while teammates Samantha Gordon and Jordan Hardison each tied for second with a 9.900 -- a career best for both.
"It was stressful, and we knew we needed to go out there to perform our best floor routine," Biggin said. "That floor team did a phenomenal job."
Case also took first on balance beam with a 9.875, leading the Flashes to a team score of 48.850. KSU's Nicolle Eastman tied for fifth with a 9.825.
Case tied for first on the uneven parallel bars with a career-best 9.925, helping KSU to a 48.950 team score in the event. The Flashes' Rebecca Osmer tied her season best with a 9.825, good for fifth place, with Lawless posting a season best 9.800 on bars for sixth.
Scoring 48.950 on the vault, Kent State was led by Chelsea Drooger with a second-place 9.850. Case tied for third with a 9.825, while Kelsey Lawless placed fifth with a 9.800.
Transue and Moore competed on the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam, respectively, as Transue scored a 9.775 on bars and Moore a 9.675 on the beam.
The Golden Flashes return to action Saturday when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on Pitt and Centenary at 7 p.m.