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Gymnastics Prepare For The Midwest Independent Championships

March 27, 2003

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (March 27, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State University Gymnastics squad (7-10) travels to Shreveport, Louisiana to compete in the Midwest Independent Championships, on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 3 p.m. The Otahkians are coming off their final home meet of the season defeating Winona State 193.375-180-375.

The Independent gymnastics squads that are competing include the University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Southeast Missouri State University, Centenary College and Texas Woman's University.

The Otahkians are heading to Shreveport ranked 49th nationally with a regional qualifying average score of 193.630. In the 2002 Midwest Independent Championships the Otahkians placed third with a team score of 193.875. Southeast was lead by Ashley Godwin placing second as an all-arounder with a score of 39.275 and Amy Cole placing fourth as an all-arounder with a score of 38.925.

"We also believe we have the potential to win this meet, but there are a lot variables that need to fall into place for that to happen," said head coach Patty Stotzheim. "As is our standard game plan, we need to focus on one routine, one skill, one landing at a time."

Otahkian junior Ashley Godwin's regional qualifying averages rank her atop the Midwest Independent Conference. Godwin's averages rank her first as an all-arounder (39.090), first in the floor exercise (9.875), fourth in the uneven bars (9.825), sixth on the balance beam (9.770), and sixth in the vault (9.755).

Other Otahkian gymnasts are ranked amongst atop the Midwest Independent Conference, as well. Senior Amy Cole is ranked sixth as an all-arounder (38.650) and ninth in the floor exercise (9.810). First-year Tara Boldt is ranked ninth as an all-arounder (38.420) and 12th on the balance beam (9.705). Sophomore Alexis Traylor is ranked seventh in the floor exercise (9.815). Junior Jacklyn Doebbler is ranked eleventh on the balance beam (9.715). First-year Deanna Ogg is ranked ninth in the uneven bars (9.775). Sophomore Katie Bloom is ranked eleventh in the vault (9.705).

"We really need a strong team effort for this meet," said Stotzheim. "We have a goal to add another meet where we hit at least 5 of 6 routines on every event."

The NCAA Regionals will be hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 12.

 
 

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