Redbirds Travel to Central Michigan to Compete in Quad Meet
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team is hitting the road to compete in the fourth annual Illinois/Michigan invite on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Illinois State will compete with Illinois-Chicago while Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan will team up and the scores will be added declare a winning state. Head coach Bob Conkling expects a competitive battle between the states and four teams.
"I expect it will be a good competition with the winner being the state that is the most consistent at their routines," Conkling said.
Illinois State is coming off a close 190.175-189.950 loss to Lindenwood last week in Horton Field House. Junior Sami King was the bright spot in the meet for the Redbirds as she posted a score of 38.925 to take first in the all-around for the third time this season. Conkling has seen good things going on in the gym this week and is looking forward to strong athletes becoming competition ready after rehabbing through various injuries.
Central Michigan is coming off a Mid-American Conference meet against Ball State where they won all four events in route to a victory over the Cardinals. The Chippewas posted a score of 195.800, the highest team score in the MAC this season, while Ball state scored 192.350.
Eastern Michigan is looking to rebound after losing to Bowling Green, 194.600-192.525, last week in a MAC dual meet inside Anderson Arena. MAC Co-Specialist of the Week Khadijah Hudson led the way for the Eagles by posting a 9.800 to take second place on vault.
Senior Catherine Dion and MIC Gymnast of the Week led UIC to a victory over Lindenwood in their last meet after winning the all-around with a total score of 39.075.
"We've had to rest Jenna Bossle for the last couple weeks, but she was able to start training full beam sets this week and seems to be on the road to recovery," Conkling said. "Amanda Mohler has been limited to just bars after coming back from ankle surgery and has been able to train beam this week. Elise Gray is finally starting to train vault again and we hope to get her into line-up soon. It has been a very challenging season so far with injuries, but I'm proud of how the team has continually responded to these challenges."
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