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Head coach Tom Farden gives advice to senior Ashley Godwin. The Southeast squad hits the road for two meets this week.
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Gymnastics Team Takes Show on the Road

Feb. 4, 2004

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Although the season is not yet in full stride, the Southeast gymnastics team has shown to be in the full swing of things. Thus far, the Otahkian squad has posted 16 Top 10 school record scores, in just the first four meets. However, this week, the Otahks hit the road for two tough matchups against the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Illinois State.

Southeast will travel to Chicago to take on UIC at 7 p.m. Saturday night. It is a rivalry of sorts the Otahkians, as the Flames have had Southeast's number for the past two years. UIC won the Midwest Independent Championships last year to take first place in the conference.

"The team is looking forward to visiting UIC this weekend," said head coach Tom Farden. His team is 5-1 on the season, as it looks ahead to three meets in the span of eight days.

"This stretch of our season is perhaps the most grueling, with three meets in one week," Farden said. "But I feel the athletes are mentally and physically ready for the challenges that lie ahead."

Southeast is coming off its strongest meet of the season, as they topped Hamline University on Friday with a team score of 195.025-the fifth-highest score in school history. The team also scored a 49.000 or better on three of the four events in route to setting the second-best bar score and fourth-best beam score.

The Otahkians hope to continue their success into their meets in Illinois.

"The student-athletes have been working hard in the gym on the fine details that will continue to enhance our team's performances," Farden said.

After competing against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night, the squad will travel to Illinois State to compete Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The team will then host Centenary on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in Houck Field House.



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