Southeast Gymnasts Gain Two Wins at Arkansas
March 5, 2004
Fayetteville, Ark. - After finishing the home portion of their schedule a perfect 5-0, the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team traveled to Arkansas to take part in the Gym'Back Invitational. The Otahks finished behind only No. 20 Arkansas at the four-team meet, coming in second place with a score of 194.625. Despite picking up a loss to the Lady Backs, Southeast improved its season record to 12-3, with wins over Centenary and Texas Women's University.
Southeast appears to be peaking at the right time, as they've posted a team score of 194 or better in each of its last four meets. The Otahks have one more road meet before postseason action.
At the meet, Southeast started on bars. The Otahkians got started on the right foot by scoring a 48.750, which ties them for the ninth highest score in school history. Ashely Godwin had the highest score for Southeast on the uneven bars as she drew a 9.825 from the judges.
On beam, Southeast performed well all around. After switching up the lineup, the Otahks scored a 48.350 team score on balance beam. Senior Jacklyn Doebbler started things off for Southeast on a good note, earning a 9.750. Freshman Natalie Watts followed with a personal-best 9.775. Watts had the best score of Southeast on beam Friday night, followed by Doebbler and junior Alexis Traylor's 9.750.
The Otahks then moved on to floor where they posted a team score of 49.075-ninth best in school history. Once again Doebbler got things started for Southeast. Her 9.850 performance not only tied her personal best, but got Southeast off on the right foot. Sophomore Amanda Grimes followed Doebbler's performance with a personal best of her own, scoring a 9.850. As usual, Traylor and Godwin closed out Southeast's floor exercise with outstanding routines as each earned a 9.875.
On vault, Southeast finished with a team score of 48.500, finishing behind only Arkansas. Junior Katie Bloom finished third overall in the event with a 9.800 vault performance.
Godwin finished third in the all-around with a score of 39.125, while sophomore Tara Boldt finished the all-around with a 38.425.
Southeast next will travel to Eastern Michigan Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. to close out the regular season. After that it's off to the Midwest Independent Championships at Illinois State in Normal, Ill.