ISU Gymnasts Kick-Off Their Season at Home
Amanda Candler
Amanda Candler

Jan. 11, 2008

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Redbird All-Access members, watch live video coverage of Sunday's Illinois State-Central Michigan women's gymnastics meet in Horton Field House, beginning at 5 p.m.

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team will kick off its 2008 season at home against Central Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008 at Horton Field House. The meet will begin at 5 p.m., and it will be the first competition of the season for both teams.

The Redbirds gymnastics team finished last season with a record of 10-15. One team they fell to was CMU. ISU scored 180.400 points compared to CMU's 191.075 tally.

In his third season, head coach Bob Conkling is eager to see how his team will compete in its season opener. He feels positive that his team will be strong in all four events.

"Central Michigan has always been a strong team," said Conkling. "I expect to do well against them this year. We have more depth this season on every event than we have had since I started coaching three years ago. With the talent and experience of our returning gymnasts and the depth the freshmen added, the outlook for this meet and the season is a good one."

The team has trained to keep consistency and perfection through each event, and Conkling feels that the team's hard work and dedication will pay off in the end.

"I look forward to every practice with this group of gymnasts and the dedication and spirit they bring to each workout," said Conkling. "With continued effort towards stability and precision of their routines, this team will have a season to remember."

Junior Mary Hankosky will not be competing in Sunday's meet due to a wrist injury. She is a strong uneven bars competitor and will be missed in that event. However, Conkling is looking to his captains and senior leaders to step up and fill Hankosky's spot.

"Mary (Hankosky) is out with a wrist injury," said Conkling. "The captains and seniors have done a great job of leading this team so far that I look to them to fill the missing gap on the uneven bars."

"My hope is that our fans will help support this team," said Conkling. "Their efforts by attending our competitions and cheering this team onto success will help the girls perform to their highest level."