Redbirds Send Two Gymnasts to the NCAA Regional
Melissa Mann
Melissa Mann

March 27, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State gymnasts Kim Genereux and Samantha King prepare for the NCAA Champaign Regional competition as all-around competitors after an outstanding 2012 season.

Sophomore Elise Gray was chosen as an alternate competitor for the vault competition, and senior Melissa Mann was chosen as an alternate competitor for the balance beam competition.

Head coach Bob Conkling is pleased to send Genereux and King to Champaign.

"I, along with the coaching staff and team, am extremely excited for Kim and Sami making it to regionals," said Conkling. "Both athletes have had a very consistent year so far and deserve this honor of representing Illinois State at Regionals. I think we can expect to see Kim and Sami to have a very consistent competition with strong routines in all four events."

Genereux, a Canadian native of Regina, SK, placed first in the all-around competition at six meets this season, including the Midwest Independent Conference Championships March 24 in Chicago. The junior is a member of the MIC First Team selection for her performance in the meet. She holds a career high score of 39.100 in the all-around, and was named MIC Gymnast of the Week twice this season for her enduring performances against Northern Illinois and in the state of Illinois Classic.

King, a Canton, Mich. native, placed first in the all-around competition in her first collegiate performance against Ball State as a freshman this season. Due to her excellent performance in the meet, King was named MIC Gymnast of the Week. King was selected as a member of the MIC First Team for her balance beam routine at the MIC Championships, landing her a second place finish. The freshman holds a 38.600 career high score for the all-around competition, set in her second meet of the season.

 

 

Vault alternate, Gray, earned a 9.800 career high score this season. The Chicago native placed third at the MIC Championships, earning her a position on the MIC First Team. Gray placed first on vault three times in the 2012 season.

Mann, a Canadian from North Vancouver, B.C., has been selected as the balance beam alternate for the Regional competition. Mann placed first on the balance beam three times this season, holding a career high score of 9.800. The senior tied for fourth place at the MIC Championships, earning her a MIC All Conference title.

The NCAA Champaign Regional will be held Saturday, April 7, at 2 p.m.

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