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Southeast Wins Big Against Texas Woman's

Jan. 23, 2009

Story by Matthew C. Worthington, Gymnastics Contact

DENTON, Texas - The Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks turned in another impressive conference win against the Texas Woman's University Pioneers. Southeast tallied a season-high score on the balance beam en-route to winning the event, 194.725-192.775.

"I am really pleased with the resilience of the team," said head coach Tom Farden. "They are gelling together right now and it is exciting to watch."

The Redhawks (4-1, 3-0 MIC) started the evening on the parallel uneven bars with a solid 48.675. While the individual title went to TWU's Rashonda Cannie (9.850), senior gymnast Sandra Blake (Tri-City, Wash./Mid-Columbia Gymnastics) tied for second with a 9.800. Finishing in a three-way tie for sixth-place were Lauren Dinan (Doniphan, Neb./Nebraska Twisters Gymnastics), Emily Mann (Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics) and Christina Sundgren (Richland, Wash./Mid-Columbia Gymnastics) with 9.725.

On vault, Southeast was able to tally a 48.500. Sophomore Brianna Gaddie (East Grand Forks, Minn./Red River Valley) and Blake shared the individual title with a 9.775. Rikara Turner (Hastings, Minn./Twin City Twisters) turned in a fourth-place 9.700, while Amber Garlotte (Lee's Summit, Mo./Eagle Gymnastics) and Kara Gibbons (Lawrenceville, Ga./Georgia Gymnastics) tied with a fifth-place 9.625. The scored marked a career-high for Gibbons.

Southeast proved why the floor is their signature event by scoring 48.900. Blake shared her second individual title of the evening after her routine garnered 9.825, followed closely by Gaddie's third-place 9.800. Junior Jena Nguyen (Sioux Falls, S.D./All-American Gymnastics) finished in a three-way tie for fourth with a 9.775.

On beam, the Redhawks scored an impressive season-high, 48.650. Sophomore Amanda Schoenbaum (Bentonville, Ark./The Williams Center) and Turner repeated their success from the first meet of the season by sharing the individual title with a 9.800. Schoenbaum's score was a career-best and Turner's was a season-high. Gaddie placed second with a career-high 9.725 while Nguyen tied for fourth with a season-high 9.700.

"I am so proud of the balance beam team," said Farden. "They have done an outstanding job the last couple of weeks."

This week's MIC Gymnast of the Week, Turner, captured her third individual all-around title of the season with 38.950 and was followed closely by Blake's strong, 38.650, finish.

"If these ladies continue following through with focus and determination, we have the ability to exceed our season's goals," said Farden. "I truly believe that our best gymnastics is yet to come."

The Redhawks now return home to prepare for their second home-meet of the season. The competition will take place on Friday, January 30 at 7:00p.m. in Houck Field House. Southeast will host Southern Utah and conference foe Centenary College.


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