Fjordholm Girls Lead Gymnasts at Conference
Tove Fjordholm
Tove Fjordholm

March 25, 2005

DENTON, Texas - Feeling comfortable in their home state, Anne and Tove Fjordholm led the Illinois State gymnastics team to a fifth place finish at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships Friday in Denton, Texas. The twins, natives of Plano, Texas, turned in personal-best performances and earned spots on the All-Conference team.

The Redbirds posted a season-high score of 192.650 at the five-team meet. Scores were tight at the conference finale as Illinois-Chicago finished on top with a 194.200. Finishing close behind in second place was host team, Texas Woman's (194.125). Centenary posted a 194.100, taking third place, while Southeast Missouri State took fourth with a 193.500.

Leading the team on the two events which posted season-best scores, the Fjordholm girls carded personal-best scores. Coming back from a back injury which did not allow the sophomore to compete the past two weeks, Anne Fjordholm carded a 9.875 on the balance beam, tying for third on the event. Her score led the beam team, whose members all posted scores of 9.600 or greater. The balance beam squad turned in a season-high score of 48.775.

Tove Fjordholm scored a 9.850 on the floor, a personal best for the sophomore. She tied for second-place on the event. The floor squad earned a 48.875 total, a season-best for the team. Four of the six Redbird floor competitors turned in scores which were season or personal bests, all were 9.625 or greater.

Illinois State head coach Kristin Montero was impressed with the performances of the twins.

"They both had great meets," said Montero. "Anne has been in and out all season long with her back injury and it was just great for her to come in and finish the season on a high note. Tove finally got the score she deserved so that was credit to her and her hard work."

Cheryl Berezan also found a spot on the all-conference team; as she tied for third place overall on the floor exercise with a score of 9.825. This was a season-high and personal best score for the freshman. Berezan also led all `Bird competitors on the vault, posting a 9.600 on the event. This score was also a season-high.

Erin Cunningham was the high scorer for the Redbirds on the uneven bars. The senior tied her personal-best score of 9.700, tying for a fourth-place finish.

Montero was pleased with her team's overall performance.

"We are really proud of how we ended the season," said Montero. "It was great for us to finally get our team score to where it should have been all season. I think we really made a statement tonight, showing how we can really perform. I am really proud with the seniors on this squad too. They did a great job of leading by example all season. Tonight they stepped up, as well, and did some good things for us."

Several awards were handed out at Friday's championships. The MIC named two Athletes of the Year: Jennifer O'Neil of Illinois-Chicago and Tara Boldt of Southeast Missouri State. The Senior Athlete of the Year accolade was awarded to Illinois-Chicago's Jackie Jaworiwicz. Coaches of the Year were Peter and Mary Jansson of Illinois-Chicago. The Newcomer of the Year award was also given to two athletes, Allison Ezell from Southeast Missouri State and Ashley Howell from Illinois-Chicago.