Redbird gymnastics off to slow start

ISU 189.000, Ball State 188.950

The Illinois State women’s gymnastics team battled and fell to the Cardinals of Ball State University at Horton Field House on Jan. 4, with a final score of 189.000-188.950.

“I’m actually pleased with a lot of things that happened tonight,” Redbirds head coach Bob Conkling said. “I was happy with the performance on bars overall and of the performances from Kim Caron and Jenna Bossle competing in the all-around for the first time.”

In addition to Caron and Bossle, standout performers from the Redbirds included Samantha King, the 2013 Midwest Independent Conference champion in all-around, scored a 39.000 in the all-around during the meet.

“Sami did fantastic winning the all-around,” Conkling said. “A score of 39.000 is a good all-around score for her first meet out and she was four-for-four hitting every event.”

Archive Photo: Sami King earned a 39.000 in the all-around competition against Ball State.

Archive Photo: Sami King earned a 39.000 in the all-around competition against Ball State.

After the first rotation, the Redbirds were ahead on the scoreboard with a combined score of 47.300 on the vault, while gymnasts from Ball State struggled on the uneven bars, tallying a team score of 46.125.

In the second rotation, the Redbirds increased their lead with Bossle and King leading the way on the uneven bars. Ball State also gained momentum in the second rotation with the help of a 9.725 vault score by Erin Patchey.

Ball State pulled ahead of the Redbirds with a strong beam routine and took a 142.475-142.075 lead.

The ’Birds were able to close the gap slightly, but finished just short of the Ball State Cardinals in the final rotation on the floor.


Michigan 196.525, Iowa State 194.600, ISU 187.400

ISU women’s gymnastics took third place behind the University of Michigan and Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 10.

Samantha King led the Redbirds’ scores on the balance beam with a 9.775, contributing to the team score of 47.000.

The Redbirds stumbled in the second rotation with a score of 46.150 on the floor exercise. Sarah Fisher and Jenna Bossle posted scores of 9.700 and 9.625, respectively.

Coach Bob Conkling believes the team is capable of a stronger performance.

“We struggled tonight, as a team we were off,” Conkling said. “We are better than what we showed tonight. From here we will go back to the drawing board and try to improve.”

King and freshman Kristyn Bossle were the only two Redbirds to score higher than a 9.500 on bars, both posting scores of 9.650.

King placed fourth in the all-around with a 37.550 score, followed by Kim Caron with a score of 36.325.

Topping the competition was the University of Michigan with a final score of 196.525.  In second place was Iowa State, totaling 194.600 points, followed by Illinois State with 187.400 points.

The Redbirds return to competition on Jan. 18th to battle the University of Pennsylvania at Hutchinson Gymnasium in Philadelphia, Pa.


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