The Redbirds Fall to Northern Illinois, Despite Season High Scores
March 4, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team fell to Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon with a final score or 194.350-195.100, despite many individual records.
Regardless of the loss, head coach Bob Conkling is confident in the Redbirds' performances in the meets to come.
"I have a positive outlook on the rest of the season," said Conkling. "For our team, it is always about hitting routines and performing to our full potential, not what score we receive. If everyone on the team can hit all the routines and do their part, we will be very happy with the rest of the season."
Junior Kim Genereux led the team, placing first in the all-around competition for the fourth week in a row, with a score of 39.100. Genereux earned a first place finish on floor exercise, with a career best of 9.825. Genereux also placed third on the vault, with a score of 9.800. Freshman Samantha King and junior Apollonia Barrientos tied for a first place finish on uneven bars with a score of 9.800.
"Kim looks great," said Conkling. "Her routines are polished and she performs them well, and the judges see that. That's just who she is, a great gymnast. She does her job while performing her routines."
The Redbirds started the meet strong on vault, with a team score of 48.950. The team was led by junior Tori Sarantakis and sophomore Elise Gray, who tied for first place with career high scores of 9.850.
"Both of their routines were great," said Conkling. "I was really happy they got to split first place because they both really deserved it with their performances."
The meet was the last home meet of the season, and recognized seniors Melissa Mann, Hannah Meyer, and Robin Weissman for their dedication to the team over the past four or five years. Assistant coach Steve Avgerinos expressed sadness about saying farewell to the seniors this year.
"I am very sad to say goodbye to the seniors for a variety of reasons," said Avgerinos. "As far as diversity of personalities and what they bring to the team, these three cover everything. There is Melissa Mann, who consistently hits beam like a machine. Then we have Robin Weissman who is one of the toughest individuals I have ever met. And finally there is Hannah Meyer, who is work horse in the gym. We have it all with the three of them. They all exemplify great character as well."
The Redbirds travel to Centenary Saturday, March 10, and the meet will begin at 6 p.m.
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