Redbirds Fall to Iowa and Michigan
Jan. 10, 2014
NORMAL, Ill.- The Illinois State gymnastics team took third place in a tri-meet on Friday night against Iowa State and Michigan in Ames, Iowa at Hilton Coliseum.
Michigan placed first as a team with a total score of 196.525. Iowa State totaled 194.600 to place second and Illinois State took third with a score of 187.400.
Head coach Bob Conkling is confident that his team is better than the performance they showed tonight.
"We struggled tonight, as a team we were off," said Conkling. "While balance beam and vault were better than last week, the floor exercise was not good and we lacked consistency. We are a better team than what we showed tonight. From here we will go back to the drawing board and try and improve."
Junior Sami King posted a score of 9.775 to lead the Redbirds to a strong showing of 47.000 on the balance beam. However, the team struggled on the following rotation by posting a score of 46.150 on the floor exercise. Sophomore Sarah Fisher led the way with a score of 9.700 and senior Jenna Bossle contributed a 9.625.
Freshman Kristyn Bossle and King posted scores of 9.650 on bars to contribute to a total team score of 47.100, however no other Redbird gymnast was able to post a score higher than a 9.500.
King took fourth place in the all-around with a score of 37.550, while senior Kim Caron followed with a score of 36.325 to take home fifth place.
The Redbirds return to action on Jan. 18 when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Penn at Hutchinson Gymnasium.
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