King, Genereux Qualify for NCAA Regional
March 26, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State gymnasts Sami King and Kim Genereux were standouts all season for the Redbirds, and each was rewarded, with each being selected to compete in the all-around competition at the 2013 NCAA Norman, Okla., Regional on Saturday, April 6.
King and Genereux are no strangers to competing at the NCAA Regional, as both went against some of the best gymnasts in the country last year at the regional competition hosted by Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Genereux finished in 13th place overall with a score of 38.625, and King was 16th as a freshman with a score of 38.450.
"We are excited that both Sami King and Kim Genereux qualified to the NCAA Regional competition for the second year in a row," head coach Bob Conkling said. "Being their second year, I believe both of them will be more confident and prepared to put in a strong performance on each event. Sami will be rotating with Oklahoma, ranked second in the nation, and Kim will be rotating with Washington, ranked 22nd in the nation. Both Sami and Kim deserve this honor and will represent ISU well."
King, a sophomore from Canton, Mich., won the all-around title at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships last weekend with a career-best score of 39.325, thanks to a first-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9.875. She started the season strong by being named the MIC Gymnast of the Week, after she won the all-around competition in a meet at Northern Illinois with a then career-high score of 39.050. She later upped that total to 39.225, when she performed well at the inaugural Illinois versus Michigan meet on Feb. 2.
Genereux, a senior from Regina, Saskatchewan, was the 2012 MIC all-around champion and finished her senior season strong. She tied for sixth place with a score of 38.950 at the MIC Championships last weekend. She came on late in the season and posted a score of 39.000 in the all-around to finish third in a dual meet against Southeast Missouri State. In that meet, she scored 9.875 on bars.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Los Angeles, April 19-21, hosted by UCLA. In addition, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
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