Genereux and King Head to Urbana for the NCAA Champaign Regional
April 6, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team is sending junior Kim Genereux and freshman Samantha King to compete individually for the first time in the NCAA Champaign Regional as all-around competitors Saturday, April 7.
After training for the past two weeks, head coach Bob Conkling is excited to see how the gymnasts will compete.
"Kim Genereux has learned to be very efficient throughout the season because she is always doing a lot with her nursing program, and her workout time has been very limited," said Conkling. "So for her it has been pretty easy to be efficient in her limited gym time. With both Sami and Kim, the training is just as it was during the season, it's very efficient. They are basically coming in, warming up and performing their routines. They've been doing very well. And then, of course, we're just tweaking small things that could cause any deductions, such as techniques and form."
For both individuals the regional will be the first appearance in a post season meet. Genereux is currently ranked No. 1 in the region as an individual competitor. Because Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 in the region as a team, Genereux will be alternating on each event with the gymnasts from Oklahoma. Likewise, King (ranked No. 3) will be rotating with No. 3 team in the region, Denver.
Conkling is excited to see where Genereux and King fall within the competition rotation.
"It's going to be interesting. Kim Genereux will be rotating with the No. 2 team in the country, so it's exciting we'll get to see where she ranks with them," said Conkling. "The comparison will be right there. I think she is going to do really well. It is always interesting to see where the gymnasts fall with the teams. Everyone always thinks the teams that qualify for regional competitions are really great, which they are, but qualifying as an individual, and rotating with these really great teams, shows how great the individuals are too. And with Sami King, rotating with Denver, I really think she will be competent with all of them. I think they are both going to do really well, as long as they go in and hit their routines, they're going to be performing well and scoring well."
The meet will presume at 4 p.m., and will be streamed live from Urbana, Ill. The live broadcast for the meet can be found at http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=313973, and the live scoring can be retrieved from http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/w-gym/livestats.html.
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