Gymnastics Travels to Illinois State for Midweek Matchup
Feb. 9, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team won't have to wait long to try and rebound from Saturday's loss to Illinois-Chicago. The team will travel to Normal, Ill., Wednesday night to take on the Redbirds of Illinois State at 7 p.m.
Southeast (5-2) lost just its second meet of the season Saturday as the team combined for a score of 191.700. Both of Southeast's losses have come on the road, with the first occurring at Missouri on Jan. 25.
"These road meets are giving us experience," said head coach Tom Farden. "We're looking forward to the opportunity to strengthen our gymnastics competitions on the road. We want to use them as an education so we're better prepared for meets in the future."
The gymnastics team will need to be strong on the road, if it wants to close out the season well. Following three more home meets during the month of February, all of Southeast's competition will be on the road. The team will travel to Arkansas and Eastern Michigan on March 5, 13, respectively. After that the team will compete at the Midwest Independent Championships on March 20, and the NCAA Regionals on April 3.
Scouting Illinois State... The 'Birds are coming off their best score of the season as they topped Northern Illinois 192.275 - 191.600. It was the first win of the season for ISU, which improved its record to 1-7 on the season.
Seven of Illinois State's 12 competitors set season-high marks at the meet, including freshman Whitney Albright, who had personal bests in the vault, floor, and all-around. Her 38.550 all-around score was good enough to earn her second place in the competition.
Senior Pam Hoover scored personal bests in the vault and floor as well, posting 9.675 and 9.800 on the events, respectively.
The 'Birds are coached by Kristen Montero. She is in her first year at Illinois State.
Scouting Southeast Missouri State... The Otahkians have had a strong season so far, as they've reached the Top 10 of the team and individual record books on 16 different occasions this year.
In Southeast's loss to Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, the Otahks placed two of the top three all-around scores. Junior Katie Bloom won the bars competition with a 9.800 score, which tied her personal best. Senior Ashley Godwin also scored a 9.800 to win the beam competition.
NEXT HOME MEET... The next home meet for Southeast will be Saturday, Feb. 14. The Otahks will host Centenary at 7 p.m. in Houck Field House.