Redbirds Set to Host Pink Meet for Breast Cancer Awareness
Junior Kim Genereux placed first last week in the all-around competition.
Junior Kim Genereux placed first last week in the all-around competition.

Feb. 16, 2012

The Illinois State gymnastics team will host Western Michigan Friday, Feb. 17, for its annual Pink Meet for Breast Cancer Awareness. The meet will start at 7p.m. in historic Horton Field House.

Head coach Bob Conkling is excited to host the meet which benefits good cause.

"We are very excited to be hosting a pink meet for breast cancer awareness," said Conkling. "We hope that our fans come out and wear pink to show their support for the cause."

Conkling is looking for the Redbirds to continue improvement and consistency this week, as they face the No. 37 ranked Broncos.

"We are hoping to see the team continue to improve their routines and consistency," said Conkling. "Western Michigan is a very strong team and ranked 37th in the country. Our goal is to keep our focus on us, and for each gymnast to do the best routine of the season on each of the events. If the team can do this, we will be successful no matter what the final outcome."

The Redbirds return to Horton Field House for the second week in a row, after placing first last weekend in a quad meet against Temple, Wisconsin-Stout, and Seattle-Pacific. The Redbirds were led by junior Kim Genereux, who placed first in the all-around competition with a score of 38.825. Freshman Sami King placed first on the uneven-bars, with a score of 9.775, and senior Melissa Mann tied for first place on the balance beam, with a score of 9.775.

The Redbirds tied their season high team-score of 193.635, followed by Seattle Pacific with a team-score of 191.600. Temple and Wisconsin-Stout placed third and fourth respectively, with scores of 190.250 and 178.635.

The meet will be live-streamed on the GoRedBirds.com website starting at 7p.m.

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