Redbird Gymnasts Fall to Illinois-Chicago
Jan. 27, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - In its second home meet of the 2013 season, the Illinois State gymnastics team fell to Midwest Independent Conference rival Illinois-Chicago, 194.050-192.450, Sunday afternoon.
The Redbirds competed well against UIC, keeping the competition close the entire meet, but after an uncharacteristic balance beam and floor exercise performance, UIC took first.
Illinois State head coach Bob Conkling was happy to see good performances on the vault and uneven bars.
"There were some mistakes and we are just going to have to work on them," Conkling said. "It's just so hard when we were doing so well at the beginning of the meet, but our mental toughness is just not there on balance beam yet. It is really difficult to put them under the same pressure in practice that they get at a competition, but we are going to have to do our best to do it. We are a good beam team and I'm really looking forward to when they realize that and show everyone just how good they are."
The Redbirds took the lead after first two rotations, posting high scores. Junior Jenna Bossle placed first on vault with a mark of 9.825, followed by teammate Elise Gray who earned a 9.775. ISU also posted high scores on the uneven bars. Bossle took the lead with a 9.825. Sami King and Kim Genereux both scored 9.775, placing second and third, respectively.
Despite the Redbirds not performing well on beam, King placed first with a 9.775. Kimberly Caron posted a 9.800 on the floor exercise, placing second.
The Redbirds return to action Saturday, Feb. 2, when they travel upstate to Chicago, Ill., for the Ill. vs. Mich. Classic. The meet will begin at 5 p.m., at UIC.
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