Bossle Wins All-Around Title at MIC Championships
March 22, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - An Illinois State gymnast won the all-around title for the third year in a row at the Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) Championships, as senior Jenna Bossle scored a season-high 39.075 on Saturday in Redbird Arena and ISU finished fifth with a team score of 192.450.
Bossle led a trio of Redbird event champions and all-conference performers, a designation given to gymnasts who finish in the top three in an individual event. In addition to hear all-around victory, Bossle also took first on the uneven bars and earned all-conference honors with her performance in the balance beam as well. Sami King earned all-conference honors with her victory on the beam and Sarah Fisher rounded out the all-conference and event winners with a win on the vault.
Southeast Missouri State took the conference championship title with a score of 195.275, followed by Texas Woman's in second with a score of 194.500. Lindenwood was third with a 194.250, UIC was next in fourth with a 193.525 and ISU finished fifth with a 192.450. Centenary rounded out the competition in sixth with a team total of 191.450.
Head coach Bob Conkling was very pleased with how strong his team started the meet on the uneven bars and vault.
"We started on vault and we were excited, because we actually had all start values at ten except for one," Conkling said. "Kim Caron threw a new vault, Kristyn Bossle hasn't twisted her vault all year and she did, so we were very excited with the vault results. During the next rotation, we moved to the bars and we had an awesome bars performance."
ISU started the meet off strong, as five Redbirds recorded season-highs to contribute to a team season-high score of 48.650 on the vault rotation. Fisher led the way with a winning score of 9.825, freshman Kristyn Bossle added a 9.775, Jenna Bossle posted a 9.750 and senior Elise Gray recorded a 9.650, all of which were season-highs.
The Redbirds continued to excel during the second rotation on the uneven bars, where they compiled a team score of 48.950. The Bossle sisters led the way, as Jenna tied a school record with a 9.900 and Kristyn posted a 9.825, both season-high scores. Jenna Bossle continued a strong meet on the balance beam and posted a season-high 9.800 and King contributed a season-high 9.875, but the Redbirds struggled as a team and compiled a 46.950.
The Redbirds concluded the meet on the floor exercise and tallied a team score of 47.900, led by Fisher who scored a 9.700.
"Individually, I could not be happier for Jenna," Conkling said. "She hasn't competed in the all-around since the beginning of the year and to win conference is so exciting for her in the last meet of her career. I'd have to say we were disappointed with the team results, but we are very happy with the individual performances and what they did tonight."
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