Redbird Gymnasts Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
April 18, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State gymnastics team concluded its season with an awards banquet Saturday April 14. Five awards were given out and captains for the 2013 season were announced.
The awards were vote on by the 16 members of the 2012 team.
Most valuable gymnast was awarded to junior Kim Genereux for her performance during the 2012 season. Genereux excelled to the NCAA Regional competition as an all-around competitor for the first time as a Redbird gymnast. Genereux placed first in the all-around competition in six separate meets this season, scoring a career-high score of 39.100. She was named member of the Midwest Independent Conference First Team this season, and was awarded MIC Gymnast of the Week twice throughout the season.
Freshman Samantha King was awarded the most valuable newcomer award. This award is given to newcomer who truly proved herself throughout the season, establishing herself as extremely valuable to the team. King traveled as a freshman to the NCAA Regional to compete in the all-around competition. Setting career-best scores of 9.850 on the balance beam, and 38.600 in the all-around competition, King was awarded MIC Gymnast of the Week in her collegiate debut performance in January.
The award for most improved was granted to Tori Sarantakis. Sarantakis was a consistent competitor throughout the season, with a career-high score of 9.850 on vault, and a career-high score of 37.850 in the all-around competition. The spirit award of the season was given to Chelsie Seplowin, which is given to gymnast who represents an overall sense of Redbird spirit throughout the season.
The Redbird award was given to senior Robin Weissman. This award is based on the exemplary character of what it means to be a "Redbird Gymnast" in the gym, in the classroom, for the athletic department and the community.
Six gymnasts were recognized with plaques for their record breaking team vault score of 49.150 against conference rival Southeast Missouri State in February. Gymnasts who contributed to the score are Jenna Bossle, Elise Gray, Marissa Stom, King, Genereux, and Sarantakis.
Bossle and Genereux were named co-captains for the upcoming 2013 season. Captains are picked based on who the team feels will represent the team's best interest the following season.
Head coach Bob Conkling is satisfied with the team's choices for awards of the 2012 team, and looks forward to a prosperous 2013 season for the Illinois State gymnastics team.
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