Southeast Gymnasts Perform well at Missouri
Jan. 26, 2004
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
Despite only having one day of rest and dealing with icy conditions on Sunday, the Southeast gymnastics team scored an outstanding 194.300 team score--the 10th highest in school history. However, it wasn't good enough to top the No. 15 Tigers of Missouri, which scored a 196.500.
After starting out slowly on bars, the Otahks got a boost from junior Katie Bloom freshman Lexie Hein on vault. Bloom scored a 9.875 on the event, which not only was a personal best, but ranks as the sixth best score in school history. Hein, competing for the first time in the vault competition, scored a 9.500.
Heading into the floor exercise, senior Jacklyn Doebbler started things off with a bang. She scored a 9.825. Floor anchors Ashley Godwin and Alexis Traylor also performed masterfully on the event. Godwin posted a 9.800, while Traylor won the event with an outstanding 9.925 routine--her highest score in that event ever, and the fifth best in school history. Traylor also won the floor routine Friday night in the Otahkians' win against Bowling Green.
Southeast closed out the meet with a great score of 48.700 on balance beam. That score is the eighth highest team total in school history. They achieved this thanks in large part to sophomore Tara Boldt's 9.900 performance--the fifth best ever at Southeast. Boldt also won the all-around competition with the ninth best score in Otahkian history--39.150.
"Today our team showed how they can complete with a highly-ranked team," said head coach Tom Farden. "Furthermore, I was able to see a positive move in an area that is not tangible, but certainly is critical to a successful season-the team's character. I was proud of our student-athletes."
Southeast won the top three spots in the all-around category, with sophomore Boldt coming in first, Godwin in second, and junior Bloom in third.
The loss to Mizzou drops Southeast's record to 4-1 on the season. Between two great performances on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, the Southeast team also took part in its second annual Outback Steakhouse luncheon.
"I would like to thank everyone who supported us this past weekend," Farden said. "Our home meet was well attended, and the Outback luncheon was a great success!"
Southeast's next meet will be at home this Friday against Hamline University. It will take place at 7 p.m. at Houck Field House.