Redbirds Score Season High to Top Penn on Senior Night
Sami King
Sami King

March 1, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. - Junior Sami King won the all-around competition with a season-high score of 39.200 while senior Kim Caron took second with a career-high 38.550 to lead the Redbirds in a 193.325-191.450 victory over Penn on senior night Saturday in Horton Field House.

The Redbirds held their annual PINK meet in support of women's cancer awareness, and celebrated three senior gymnasts by scoring a season-high 193.325.

Head coach Bob Conkling was overall very pleased with the mental and physical strength his team showed tonight, despite a few falls on the floor exercise.

"I felt we were mentally strong almost all the way through the meet, with the exception of a couple hiccups on floor," Conkling said. "You never want to count any falls in a meet, but I can't be upset with them because everything else looked so good tonight. I thought Sami and Kim looked really strong in the all-around tonight. We finished with really strong beam routines and that has been our struggle all year, so I'm really happy with our improvement on beam.

ISU took an early lead on the vault as they scored a 48.250 and Penn posted a 47.025 on the uneven bars. King led the way for the Redbirds by matching her season-high score of 9.775 and sophomore Sarah Fisher contributed a 9.750. Freshman Kelly Tan posted a 9.550 and junior Amber Woo posted a 9.525, but no other Quaker was able to post above a 9.425 on the uneven bars.

A solid uneven bars rotation by the Redbirds widened their lead to 96.900-95.175 after two events. King led the way by posting a 9.825, while senior Jenna Bossle and sophomore Amanda Mohler contributed scores of 9.750. The Quakers tallied a team score of 48.000 on the vault, led by sophomore Emily Paterson who posted a 9.675.

The Redbirds posted a season-high 48.425 on the balance beam to hold onto a 145.325-143.225 lead after the third rotation. Freshman Demi Pas recorded a career-best 9.800, while Mohler posted the same score to earn a season-high. King continued a strong meet by posting a 9.750 on the beam and Caron contributed a career-best 9.550 of her own. Sophomore Carissa Lim put up a 9.675 to contribute to a team score of 48.050 for Penn on the floor exercise.

ISU finished a strong meet on the floor exercise by posting a 48.000, led by King who posted a 9.850, followed by Fisher who contributed a season-high score of 9.800. Caron posted a season-high 9.800 to contribute to a career-high 38.550 all-around score performance to cap her dual-meet career as an ISU gymnast.

During the meet, former Illinois State gymnastics alumni who are part of RB4L were recognized, and following the meet Redbird seniors Jenna Bossle, Kim Caron, and Elise Gray were honored for their contributions to the Illinois State gymnastics program.

"Senior night is hard for me and I always get a little choked up at the end," Conkling said. "Jenna and Elise are captains and have been great all four years. Kim is a fifth year senior and she just keeps getting better. I'm very happy with our seniors and what they have contributed to this team."

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