Gymnastics Finishes Perfect Home Season
Feb. 29, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team improved its record to 10-2 on the season with a 194.850 - 193.975 win over conference-rival Illinois State. For Southeast, it was the eighth highest team score in school history, and a fitting farewell for seniors Ashley Godwin, Jacklyn Doebbler and junior Traci Jo Flippo.
"It was a tremendous day on vault," said head coach Tom Farden. "Brystol and Katie's vaults were solid."
"Bars was again a great event for us. Natalie getting her first win was awesome," Farden said of freshman Natalie Watts, who took first in the event with a personal-best 9.825. Southeast took the top three spots in the event, and scored a strong 48.725 as a team. Bloom and Godwin finished in a tie for second, and Flippo took fifth in the final home performance of her Southeast career.
In the third rotation, Southeast scored a 48.600 on balance beam.
"Beam was good," Farden said. "Alexis (Traylor) had a great beam routine to start us off, and Tara Boldt did a great job of finishing it up."
Boldt, and Godwin finished in a tie for first on beam with scores of 9.875.
Southeast again was strong on floor, with Godwin and Traylor leading the way. The pair tied for first in the event with a 9.850 score.
"On floor, the team did an excellent job of picking up the team after beam," Farden said.
Senior Jacklyn Doebbler finished fourth with a 9.800 on floor.
Godwin took first in the all-around, with Boldt and Bloom taking second and third, respectively.
After the meet, Farden honored the three gymnasts that performed in their last home meet of their careers.
"The three that are departing will be difficult to replace and impossible to forget," Farden said of Godwin, Doebbler, and Flippo.
The Otahkians will continue with the rest of their regular-season schedule as they head to Arkansas this Friday.