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Junior Ashley Godwin wins the all-around with a new school record of 39.550. Photo courtesy of Chris Smith.
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Southeast Gymnastics Set New School Records

March 29, 2003

SHREVEPORT, La. (March 29, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics squad (8-11) competed in the Midwest Independent Championships today at Centenary College. The Otahkians took fourth posting the third highest team score in Otahkian history (195.350). Southeast took a victory over Illinois State (193.500) but fell to Illinois-Chicago (196.575), Texas Woman's University (195.975), and Centenary College (195.575).

Southeast had a final team score of 195.350 ranking the top third score in school history. Five Otahkians had their personal best scores on the beam today to make a new team beam record of 49.375. The Otahkians posted the third best team floor score of 48.450 and the fourth best team bars score of 48.825.

"I was extremely pleased with how well we performed on all events, but especially on beam," said coach Patty Stotzheim. "This is the third time the beam record has been broken since I've been at Southeast."

Junior Ashley Godwin had a victorious day at the MIC, as she took first in the all-around with a score of 39.550, a new Otahkian all-around record. Godwin took first on the beam with a score of 9.975, also a new Otahkian beam record. Godwin also took first on the floor with a 9.900, took fourth on the vault, and tied for eighth on the bars with a score of 9.825.

"To have Ashley break the individual beam record for the all-time highest score was more gratifying than I can say," said Stotzheim. "The entire beam team should be very proud of themselves."

Other notable scores were by freshman Tara Boldt with a 9.925 on beam ranking third best in Otahkian history. Sophomore Alexis Traylor tied for ninth on beam with a 9.850 and tied for 15th on floor with a 9.750.

"This is a very talented team and they are only going to get stronger next year," said Stotzheim. The returners continue to learn new skills and upgrade their routines. This program has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. I'm proud of them and know they still have so much more potential to be developed."

Up next, the University of Missouri-Columbia will host the NCAA Regionals on April 12 where some Otahkians may be eligible to compete.


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