Gymnastics Wins MIC Championships With a 193.775
March 19, 2011
By Tanya Cwick
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team scored a 193.775 at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon at Houck Field House, claiming their second-ever team title.
Defending champion Texas Woman's University finished runner-ups with a score of 192.525 followed by the University of Illinois-Chicago (192.075), Illinois State (191.900) and Centenary (189.850).
The Redhawks (12-8, 9-2 MIC) won all five individual titles enroute to their second title in three seasons.
The Redhawks came out of the gate hot, setting the tone with a score of 48.700 on the vault. Senior Brianna Gaddie (East Grand Forks, Minn./Red River Valley) won the event with a 9.900. Claiming her first career MIC title and her seventh title this season on vault.
Sophomore Emma Garrett (Jacksonville, Fla./Starlight Gymnastics) followed close behind and tied for third place with a 9.800, tying her career high.
Freshman Megan Fosnow (Franklin, Wis./Midwest Twisters) was the next highest scorer for the Redhawks on vault with a 9.775, tying her season-high and tying her for seventh.
Moving onto bars, the Redhawks took the event title with a 48.600. Senior Christina Sundgren (Richland, Wash./Mid-Columbia Gymnastics) won her first career MIC title with a career-best 9.900. It was her sixth bars title this season and 14th of her career.
Fosnow and Margaret O'Neal (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Champion Gymnastics) tied for sixth with a 9.725.
The Redhawks made it two-straight event titles in their next rotation, winning the beam with a 48.725. Five Redhawk gymnasts finished among the top-six finishers. Sophomore Taylor Westrick (Waterford, Wis./Salto Gymnastics) claimed the title with a career-best tying 9.875. It was her fifth beam title of the season.
Sundgren and Gaddie tied for fifth with scores of 9.700.
The Redhawks clinched the championship on floor with a 47.750. Gaddie claimed her second title of the meet with a 9.750. It was her sixth floor title of the season and 19th in her career.
Tying for third place was Garrett with a 9.675. Sundgren followed close behind with a 9.650 and tied for sixth place.
In the all-around, Sundgren won her third-straight title with a 38.875. Westrick placed fourth with a 38.175.
Sundgren was named MIC Senior Gymnast of the Year during the post-meet ceremonies. Assistant Coach Jessie Kinder was named Co-MIC Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Redhawks will have to wait till Monday to see if their score qualified them for one of the 36 spots available for the NCAA Gymnastics Regionals.