Illinois State Takes Defeat From Conference Rival SEMO
Feb. 24, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team fell to Midwest Independent Conference rival Southeast Missouri State Friday evening with a final score of 194.375-193.650.
The Redbirds fell behind early in the meet with a team score of 47.375 on the uneven bars, while the Redhawks earned a team score of 48.750 on the vault. Junior Kim Genereux placed third on bars, with a score of 9.775.
Head coach Bob Conkling seeks improvement in the upcoming weeks.
"I definitely think we're still working on improvement," said Conkling. "They are improving every single meet, and have not reached their full potential. We did not do very well tonight on bars or balance beam, and with our team it is a snowball effect. If a gymnast starts us off well on an event, they all do well. If we start of poorly on an event, the rest of the team will follow the lead. It is really all in their heads. Our team continues to strive for improvement, and I think we will definitely see it this season."
The Redbirds soon gained the lead after a season high team score of 49.150 on vault. Leading the team was sophomore Elise Gray and junior Marissa Stom who tied for second place, with career high scores of 9.85.
"I thought we did really well on vault tonight," said Conkling. "It was our highest score of the season and it was one of our best meets. The team was fired up and performed well. I also thought they did great on floor. All of them hit. Hannah Meyer was the first to perform and did really well."
As the meet progressed, SEMO regained the lead, despite individual season high scores from Illinois State.
The Redbirds were led by freshman Sami King and junior Apollonia Barrientos on the floor exercise, with a career high score of 9.85. King took first place on the balance beam with a career high score of 9.825, and third in the all-around event with a score of 38.600. Senior Melissa Mann placed third on balance beam, with a score of 9.775.
Genereux placed first in the all-around competition for the third week in a row, with a score of 39.125.
"Kim had a fantastic meet," said Conkling. "In my opinion, she did her best floor routine she's had all year, regardless of if the scores show it. She had a slight mistake on balance beam but she covered really well. She performed really well on all events."
The Redbirds will return home to historic Horton Field House on Sunday, March 4, to take on Northern Illinois at 2pm.
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