2003 Gymnastics Season Review
April 23, 2003
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State University Otahkian Gymnastics squad posted consistent scores during the 2003 season. Gymnastics head coach Patty Stotzheim and assistant coach Tom Farden advanced the performances of each gymnast to a higher level. The Otahkians finished the season with an 8-13 record including a victory over the Fighting Illini of Illinois at Houck Field House.
The 2003 season can be remembered as a record setting year from both individual and overall team scores. The Otahkians posted a third best overall team score with a 195.350, a new team balance beam record with a 49.375, tied their eighth best team vault record with a 48.700, marked their third best team floor exercise record with a 48.450, and marked numerous bar records including a second best overall team score of 49.000.
The individual records were led by junior Ashley Godwin. Godwin excelled as an all-arounder all season long posting the best all-around score in Southeast history with a 39.550 at the Midwest Independent Championships. Godwin posted the fifth best score in the floor exercise two times during the season with a 9.925. Godwin's 9.925 in the floor exercise at the NCAA Regionals solidified a second place finish scoring higher than all but one of UCLA's highly touted floor routines. Godwin's beam score at the MIC's set a new Otahkian record with a 9.975.
Senior Amy Cole, junior Ashley Godwin, sophomore Katie Bloom, first-year performers Tara Boldt, Amanda Grimes and Deanna Ogg all contributed consistent vault marks during the season. Godwin posted the highest individual score of 9.850 at the MIC's. The return of five out of six gymnasts on the vault looks promising for next season.
Sophomore Michelle Albury, Cole, Godwin, Bloom, Boldt and Ogg all enhanced their bar routines breaking numerous Southeast overall team scores.
"What a tremendous improvement they have made over the last three years," said Stotzheim. "Tom Farden has invested a great deal of time with drills and progressions to help some of our athletes take their bar routines from mediocre to fantastic."
"Beam was tough for us at the beginning of the season, but I think they gained invaluable confidence by breaking the beam record at the MIC's and the confidence should follow through to next year," said Stotzheim.
Junior Jacklyn Doebbler, sophomore Crystal Eberhardt, sophomore Alexis Traylor, Cole, Godwin, Boldt, and Ogg all performed well enough to post the best overall team record at the MIC's with a score of 49.375.
The Floor Exercise
Cole, Godwin, Boldt, Doebbler, Traylor and first-year Amanda Grimes all contributed to the overall success of the floor squad. Godwin will be the leading returnee after posting the fifth best individual score in team history with a 9.925.
The Otahkians finished the season ranked 46th nationally, improving three spots from the 2002 season.
"We have three great recruits coming in next year who will help the team immediately," said Stotzheim.