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Southeast Gymnastics Sends Four to Regionals

March 22, 2004

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - After posting a winning record for the first time since 1998, the 2004 Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team placed second Saturday night at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships to finish the season with a 15-7 record. Southeast will send four competitors to Regional competition on April 3 at the University of Arizona.

Senior Ashley Godwin and sophomore Tara Boldt each qualified in the all-around, while junior Alexis Traylor qualified on the floor exercise. Junior Katie Bloom will also make the trip to Tuscon, Ariz., as an alternate for the all-around. Godwin, Boldt, and Bloom each earned conference honors for their performances at the MIC's on Saturday.


"It is outstanding to have three all-arounders sent to Regionals," said head coach Tom Farden. "And Alexis is one of the best in the nation on floor routine."

The Otahks finished ninth in the very strong South Central Region this year-less than four tenths of a point from eighth place, which would have qualified them as a team for Regionals. Five of the Top 20 teams in the nation are from the South Central region.

Godwin finished 12th overall in the region in the all-round, with Boldt just four spots behind her at 16th place. Traylor, who holds a 9.880 RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) on floor, is ranked 17th in the region on floor exercise.

The top two performers from each event at Regionals will qualify for Nationals. Last year, only Godwin qualified to the regional competition from Southeast, so sending four competitors this year is a marked improvement.

"I'm extremely pleased with our performance this year," Farden said. "It was a very solid year."


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