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Gymnastics Compete in Cardinal Classic

Jan. 23, 2003

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (January 8, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics squad (1-1), travels to Muncie, Ind. this Friday to compete in the Cardinal Classic, which is hosted by defending MAC champion, Ball State (2-4, 2-1 MAC). The meet is set for 7 p.m.

Other teams the Otahkians will be competing against are Winona State (1-1), Northern Illinois (1-3, 0-1 MAC), Central Michigan University (2-0, 0-0 MAC), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1-2) and Wisconsin-Stout (0-3).

"I'm excited to see the variety of competition at this meet," said head coach Patty Stotzheim. "There will be two Division III teams (Stout and Oshkosh), one Division II (Winona), and three DI schools (Southeast, Central Mich., and Ball State)."

Northern Illinois and Ball State both competed at the University of Illinois Quad meet last weekend. NIU (189.600) came in fourth behind BSU (191.575), Auburn (193.975) and future Otahkian opponent University of Illinois (194.925).

UW-Stout fared well versus UW-LaCrosse last weekend winning the meet, 177.350-174.200. UW-Oshkosh was defeated by Gustavus Adolphus College, 176.600-172.700.

Winona State competed last on January 12 against Northern Illinois. NIU won each individual event to beat Winona State, 191.675-182.950.

Last weekend the Otahkians were edged by Illinois State, 192.850-192.575. SEMO won the vault, bars and floor, but ISU performed well enough on their beam routine to capture the title. "We need to show that our score of 192.575 is not where we're going to peak," said coach Stotzheim. "This is the point we want to build from."

Stotzheim has high expectations for Junior Ashley Godwin after posting a 9.900 on the floor routine last week versus Illinois State. Senior Amy Cole and first year Tara Boldt will both be joining Godwin in the all-around competition. Cole has a strong floor routine and Boldt is looking good on beam. Sophomore Alexis Traylor will be a tough competitor while fighting a foot injury.


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