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Gymnastics Lose Close Meet To Fighting Illini

Otahks fall victim to Illinois' season-high score

Stephanie Furman scored a 9.525 on the beam at Illinois Saturday.

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Final Stats

Champaign, Ill. (March 8, 2002) - The Otahkian Gymnastics team rolled into The University of Illinois Saturday and came away with a respectable team score of 191.775, but fell victim to Illinois' season best and fourth-ever highest team score.

Southeast was led by senior Ashley Godwin and junior Amy Cole who finished second and third in the all-around. Godwin finished tied for first on the floor exercise with a score of 9.825. She also finished second on the vault and fourth on the bars. Cole would finish third on the vault with a score of 9.700.

Illinois used a strong bars and beam routine to take out the Otahks. The Illini took the top three spots in the bars with freshman Ashley Williams and sophomore Kara Kapernekas tying for first place (9.850). Junior Karen Hawley finished out the event in third scoring 9.725. Illinois also filled the top three places in the beam. Junior Jana Gallagher took the individual title on the event (9.825). Williams and Kapernakas tied again with a score of 9.800.

Southeast next comes home to take on Western Michigan University this Friday at 7 p.m. The meet will be the last home event of the season and will also be senior night for the five seniors on this year's squad: Jessica Bagwill, Stephanie Furman, Karen Hamilton, Michelle Walker, and Elenor Wilson. After that event, Southeast will travel to Chicago on March 23 for the Midwest Independent Championships.


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