King Wins All-Around Title at MIC Championships
Tori Sarantakis won the senior athlete of the year award.
Tori Sarantakis won the senior athlete of the year award.

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. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.