Redbird Gymnasts Set Season-high Team Score of 195.000
Feb. 24, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team posted a season-high 195.000-193.925 victory over Midwest Independent Conference rival Southeast Missouri State Sunday afternoon in Horton Field House.
A 195.000 team score is the highest team score seen under head coach Bob Conkling.
"Overall, we did what we needed to do today," Conkling said. "The gymnasts hit all twenty-four routines that contributed to the team score. We are even better than what we have shown; we can hit our handstands better and stand up our landings a little better as well. I was excited for them to finally pull a meet together and I'm very happy for the team. Steve (Avgerinos) and I have really focused on helping the team being a little more positive and having fun, not just in practice, but in competition. I think they did a fantastic job competing today."
Sophomore Sami King led the way for the Redbirds in victory, as she took home first place in the all-around competition with a career-best 39.100. She was also the top finisher on the balance beam with a 9.850.
Following King was teammate Kim Genereux who earned second place in the all-around competition with a 39.000. Genereux placed first on the uneven bars with a personal-best score of 9.875.
SEMO took the early advantage on the first event of the meet with a score of 48.825 on the bars. A couple tenths behind was ISU with a score of 48.425 on the vault. Junior Elise Gray scored a 9.825 placing first on the vault and Jenna Bossle placed third with a 9.750. ISU closed the gap after the second rotation, with a score of 49.000 and personal bests on the uneven bars. Not only did Genereux have a personal best, but King had a personal best of 9.825 as well. Bossle came in second on the uneven bars with a 9.825.
The entire competition was close, with SEMO returning back to first place after the third rotation, which left ISU a tenth of a point behind. The Redbirds had no falls on the balance beam and all six Redbirds scored a 9.650 or higher. ISU made their way back up to first place with floor exercise.
"Having someone like Danci Cha who was able to step in at the last minute when Elise hurt herself in warm-ups on floor to compete and do a good job was really nice to have. The team's confidence is definitely increasing, not just in the upperclassmen, but it is filtering to the underclassmen too. I'm excited for to see what the rest of the year has in store for us," Conkling said.
The Redbirds return to action Sunday, March 3 when they go up against Ohio State. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. at Horton Field House.
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