Koshman Achieves Career Highs on Vault and Floor
Feb. 17, 2006
Cape Girardeau - Illinois State gymnasts returned home from Southeast Missouri State coping with a loss; 189.800 to 187.625. The `Birds come back to Illinois 3-5, however, some individual stand-out performances did take place.
Freshman, Meaghan Koshman scored two career highs with her 9.850 vault and 9.625 floor routine.
Illinois State head coach, Bob Conkling was very pleased with Koshman's performances.
"I'm so proud of her," said Conkling. "Although this was her best vault of the year, she can still do better. A step at the end took her score down a little bit. I look forward to seeing her beat this record yet again this year."
Sophomore and all-around gymnast, Cheryl Berezan, won balance beam with her 9.750, which was her high beam score of the season.
Conkling believes as a team, that ISU is capable of higher accomplishments.
"We missed opportunities and didn't perform to our level," said Conkling. "We need to execute well not only during warm-ups, but in front of the judges."
In addition to Koshmans career high vault, Amy Biedenharn's 9.525 vault and Andi Berry's 9.500 helped the team out, but wasn't enough to win that event, as they scored 47.400 as a team to Southeast Missouri State's 47.775.
The Redbirds had difficulty with their bar and beam routines. Amanda Candler had the highest ISU bar score, 9.675, which tied her for third place. Southeast Missouri tallied a team total 47.125 to ISU's 46.400.
Beam scores were disappointing for Conkling who had higher hopes for this event. Besides Berezan's 9.750 and Megan Goetting's 9.650, the rest of the `Birds didn't stay quite as balanced on the beam. ISU scored 46.175 to Southeast Missouri State's 46.850.
"On beam, Goetting and Berezan hit, but everyone else had a fall," said Conkling. "It is incredibly hard to win making the mistakes we did. Had we scored better on these two events, I'd like to think the outcome would have been different."
Biedenharn's 9.700 floor routine helped the `Birds achieve a 47.650 team score to Southeast Missouri State's 48.050.
"I don't think this is the same team that I saw earlier in the season," said Conkling. "I'd like to see us believe in ourselves more. There were some individual highlights I don't want to discount, but the team is capable of more."