ISU Gymnasts Take Third at Washington Quad-Meet
Kim Generuex

Kim Generuex

Jan. 16, 2011

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Redbird gymnastics team couldn't push past No. 20 ranked Washington or Boise State as they took third place in their second meet of the weekend Saturday night in Seattle, Washington.

Washington took first place with a score of 194.825; Boise State came in second with a score of 194.575 followed by ISU and Seattle Pacific who scored 188.025 and 185.825, respectively.

The Redbirds started out the night with shaky performances on the balance beam but rallied on the floor exercise which proved to be the strongest event for the Redbirds Saturday night totaling 48.800; tying Boise State for second place among the four team.

Head coach Bob Conkling credits uncharacteristic mistakes for the Redbirds low scores.

"We started on the beam and it didn't go well," Conkling said. "We rallied on the floor and did very well on that but we couldn't carry that over for the rest of the meet."

Sophomore Tori Sarantakis had another strong night on the vault with a score of 9.800; her highest score of the season thus far and good enough for a third place finish. Senior Hannah Deutsch took fourth place on the floor exercise with a score of 9.825 to lead all Redbird gymnasts. Sophomore Kim Genereux took third place in the all-around competition with a score of 37.800.

"We need to work on consistency," Conkling said. "The girls just need to get the competitive spirit back in them."

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