Regional Meet Concludes Season for Berezan and Koshman
Pictured on right is freshman Regional qualifier, Meaghan Koshman
Pictured on right is freshman Regional qualifier, Meaghan Koshman

April 8, 2006

Fayettville, Ark. - Two individual gymnasts represented Illinois State at the NCAA Regional Meet in Fayettville, Ark., Cheryl Berezan and Meaghan Koshman. The two gymnasts officially finished their 2006 season.

Only able to complete two of her four events due to a foot injury, Berezan turned in an 8.875 floor routine and an 8.600 vault. Missing from her all-around sequence were her uneven bar and balance beam performance. After taking on the entire 2006 season uninjured and competing every meet, these were the first two events Berezan sat out all season.

Entering the Regional Meet with a highly respected vault, Koshman scored a 9.825 to earn her fourth place, just shy of her career-high 9.850. Koshman has also never missed a 2006 competition. As a first-year college athlete, Koshman was excited to be invited to compete in the Regional Meet.

"The atmosphere was amazing," said Koshman. "Competing college gymnastics is the most incredible feeling. I rotated with Illinois and they cheered me on. It was an unbelievable being part of this meet."

Head Redbird coach, Bob Conkling was very proud of the two ISU gymnasts at their NCAA Regional debut.

"Cheryl came into this meet hurting a little bit and that circumstance did not help," said Conkling. "She fought through it the best she could and did really well. She had amazing dance and performance on floor, but because of her foot, she struggled with her tumbling passes. She fell on vault and wanted to finish the meet, but it wasn't smart. She looked great, but her body just wasn't cooperating.

"Koshman put up a huge vault," continued Conkling. "Plain and simple, she is just a good vaulter. The vault itself was terrific, but all of her deductions were most likely on her landing because she hopped. When she sticks one, she's up there with the best. All of the teams were really supportive of these two and that was a really nice treat."



Regionals terminate the season for the two gymnasts. Berezan and Koshman will both serve key roles for next year, as Conkling plans to have the two athletes compete all-around in the 2007 season.