Gymnastics Brings Home Two More Wins
Feb. 11, 2004
Normal, Ill. - As the Otahkians prepare to finish the month of February with three straight home meets, the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team looked to gain some experience while on the road at Illinois State Wednesday night. Not only did they gain on-the-road experience, but they came home with two more victories on their record.
Southeast topped Illinois State and Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a team score of 193.750.
"These road meets are giving us experience," said head coach Tom Farden. "We want to use them as an education so we're better prepared for meets in the future."
Southeast took the top three spots in the all-around as senior Ashley Godwin placed first overall with a strong 39.100. Sophomore Tara Boldt finished second and junior Katie Bloom took third with scores of 38.750 and 38.200, respectively.
As a team, Southeast took first in the vault, bars and floor events. On vault, Bloom took first with a 9.775. Godwin took second, as she was just .10 point behind her teammate. Sophomore Amanda Grimes and freshman Brystol Powelski tied for fourth in the event with scores of 9.600. For Powelski, it was a new personal-best.
Powelski also set a new standard for herself with a 9.700 on the uneven bars, taking fifth place. It was her first time competing in the event this year. Godwin won the event with a 9.850 performance. That mark is good enough for 10th all-time in the Southeast record books, and she's reached the plateau three times this season. Natalie Watts and Boldt tied for third with a 9.725.
On floor, Godwin took first with a 9.800 performance to help the Otahks take six of the top seven spots.
With the victories over ISU and Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Southeast's record improves to 7-2 on the season. The squad will be at home for its next three meets. Up next for the Otahkians will be a dual meet against Centenary this Saturday night (Feb. 14). The meet will be at 7 p.m. in Houck Field House.