Redbird Gymnasts Set to Host Illinois-Chicago
Jan. 24, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team will welcome back former gymnasts and ISU alumni this weekend, when the Redbirds host a dual meet against Midwest Independent Conference foe Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 27. The meet will take place in Horton Field House and begin at 2 p.m.
Head coach Bob Conkling is excited to see what Sunday brings.
"I feel the team has really stepped up in practices last week and have prepared well for this weekend's meet," Conkling said. "If all of our gymnasts remain focused on their technique throughout the remaining practices that they have this week, it will carry over to a successful meet on Sunday."
Two weeks ago, the Redbirds opened the 2013 season against Lindenwood and traveled upstate to face Northern Illinois. Junior Jenna Bossle won the all-around at ISU's first home meet against Lindenwood with a score of 38.300, followed by Sami King who came in second with a 38.175. Bossle also scored a career-high 9.875 on the uneven bars.
Two days later in DeKalb, Ill., King won the all-around competition with a career-high all-around score of 39.050. For her performances in the first weekend of competition, King was named MIC Gymnast of the Week. King was named MIC Gymnast of the Week after week one last year, when she won the all-around competition at her first collegiate meet.
UIC returns 12 gymnasts from last year's squad. The Flames opened their season against No. 19 Penn State and fell short with a score of 194.150-191.700. A week after that, UIC traveled to Seattle, Wash. to compete in their first quad meet of the season. They placed fourth with a total score of 191.350. Highlighting the group is senior Chantel Turk, who competed at the NCAA Regional last year.
"UIC is always a tough competitor and has had a similar season as we have had this season so far," Conkling said. "They have been strong on certain events and have had some inconsistencies on other events. I believe the meet will come down to which team is the most consistent throughout the entire competition. If both teams are consistent, it will be a very exciting and close competition."
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