King Wins All-Around Title at MIC Championships
March 23, 2013
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Illinois State gymnastics team placed second with a season-high team score of 195.425 and sophomore Sami King won the all-around title at the Midwest Independent Conference Championship Saturday night hosted by Centenary.
"I am proud of what our team has accomplished tonight," said head coach Bob Conkling. "We had a really good meet. The MIC championship was close throughout the entire meet. It came down to a four-team race at the end of it. We were on a bye the last rotation, so it came down to watching UIC on vault and Texas Women's on the beam. UIC deserved this win and all-in-all they looked great."
UIC placed first with a score of 195.600, just ahead of the Redbirds. SEMO finished in third place with a score 195.050, followed by Texas Women's, Lindenwood and Centenary in fourth through sixth places, respectively.
King led the way for the Redbirds and won the second-straight all-around title for ISU, after teammate Kim Genereux won the title last year while helping the team win the conference title. King won the all-around title with a career-best score of 39.325, thanks to a first-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9.875. With her all-around score, King qualified for the NCAA Regional competition.
Senior Tori Sarantakis placed fifth in the all-around competition with a score of 39.025 and Genereux tied for sixth place with score of 38.950. Freshman Amanda Mohler also had a solid meet for the Redbirds, as she placed second on beam with a 9.850 behind King and tied for third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825. Senior Apollonia Barrientos finished out her career strong and scored a 9.850 on floor to tie for fourth place.
After the meet, Sarantakis was given the Senior Athlete of the Year Award, which is voted upon by the league's head coaches.
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