Gymnastics Falls to Fifth Place at Conference Meet
March 28, 2008
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Illinois State gymnastics team (8-11) competed in its final regular season meet on Friday night. The Redbirds finished in fifth place with a score of 190.775 at the Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) meet. First place went to Illinois-Chicago with a score of 193.850, while second place went to Southeast Missouri with a tally of 192.025. Centenary College came in third with a score of 191.775, and fourth place went to Texas Woman's with a tally of 191.075. Centenary was the host of the five-team meet that began at 6 p.m.
Head coach Bob Conkling felt that his team was prepared for the meet, but mistakes on the balance beam dropped the Redbirds out of the running for first place.
"We did great on three events," said Conkling. "Everyone did well on the vault, (uneven) bars and the floor routine, but mistakes on the balance beam killed us. We had to count four falls on the (balance) beam. Prior to the meet, we had to change our (balance) beam line-up three times due to injuries."
On the vault, the `Birds had a team score of 48.050. Junior co-captain Meaghan Koshman led the Redbirds on the vault with a score of 9.850. Koshman finished second in the event. Freshman Robin Weissman scored a 9.650 and finished in a tie for 11th place.
On the uneven bars, senior co-captain Amanda Candler finished in third place with a score of 9.775. Sophomore Jessica Prousa placed seventh with a score of 9.725, a career-best. As a team, the Redbirds scored a 48.525.
The gymnasts ran into trouble on the balance beam. The team had to count four falls in its final beam score. The Redbirds scored a 45.750 on the event. Freshman Erica Schick placed sixth in the event with a tally of 9.600. Sophomore Lisa Mulchek finished the event with a score of 9.475 which put her in a three-way tie for 11th place.
The `Birds scored a 48.450 on the floor routine. Koshman finished in 10th place with a score of 9.750, while Schick came in 13th place with a tally of 9.725.
Schick finished in a three-way tie for third place in the all-around competition. She scored a 38.550. Koshman placed seventh in the all-around with a tally of 37.150.
The gymnasts who qualify for NCAA regionals will be announced at a later date. However, if Illinois State has gymnasts who qualify, they will compete on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. The NCAA regional meet will be held in Norman, Okla. and hosted by the Oklahoma Sooners.