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Gymnastics will Tussle the Redbirds

Jan. 17, 2003

Cape Girardeau, Mo. (January 17, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State Otahkian Gymnastics squad will challenge the Illinois State Redbirds for the first home meet this season at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Houck Fieldhouse.

Southeast is coming off a season-opening win to the Ladies of Centenary College, 188.575 - 187.925. Southeast had a very consistent meet for its first of the season. Junior Ashley Godwin won the all-around with a score of 38.775 and senior Amy Cole scoring 37.675. Centenary's Kaela Meinert had a 37.050 for third place. A score of 9.800 on the floor exercise won sophomore Alexis Traylor her first individual title. Sophomore Katie Bloom took third place in vault with a 9.450 and freshman Tara Boldt tacked a 36.850 in her first collegiate meet.

Coach Stotzheim said the win against Centenary is very big as it shows their team is staying strong. Stotzheim is excited to see that while Centenary has been improving over the last four years the team has improved well enough to stay ahead of them.

Illinois State won its first meet of the season against Wisconsin-La Crosse, 192.075 - 179.225. Senior Denise Houda tallied an all-around score of 38.725. Two other returning seniors to watch out for are Heather Mohler, obtaining a 9.750 for the tie on vault, and Jaime Reineck, achieving a 9.600 to win first on bars. This will be head coach Beth Larson's second season. Larson's first meet and victory as head coach was a little over a year ago against Southeast. The Redbirds lost three gymnasts, has 13 returning, and four newcomers to make up the 2003 squad.

Stotzheim knows the Redbirds have had a strong program the last few years. She is hoping for similar scoring between the two schools although she would always prefer the win.

Stotzheim says having the home gym advantage will be a big help.

"I think the team will show the crowds why we are the most entertaining sport around," Stotzheim said.

Southeast will be in Muncie, Indiana on January 21 to compete against Ball State at 7 p.m.


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