Season-high scores are a recipe for success and this was the case for the ISU gymnastics squad over the weekend. The team recorded a season-high score of 190.4, en route to a 190.4-187.9 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday in Philadelphia, Penn.
“We started off strong on vault, everybody hit their routines,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “I was really happy with Heather Pena’s performance on beam and Demi Pas hit both her beam and floor exercises. It was the first time they fought with high energy as a team throughout the entire meet.”
Junior Sami King produced a first-place finish in the all-around with a score of 38.975. Senior Kimberly Caron finished third in the all-around with a 37.375 score. Junior Heather Pena participated in the balance beam for the first time of the campaign with a score of 9.7.
Freshman Demi Pas recorded a career-high 9.65 score on the balance beam, after never recording above 9.2 previously. King earned the team’s highest individual score on the vault at 9.7 with sophomore Sarah Fisher close behind at 9.55.
King led the team on the bars with a score of 9.7 with Caron coming close behind at 9.625. King headed the squad in the floor exercise with a 9.775 score and Fisher tallied the second-best individual score for the team in the event at 9.7.
Pennsylvania’s top performers included freshman Rachel Graham, junior Amber Woo, senior Diana Moock, junior Makeda Constable, freshman Kelly Tan, sophomore Carissa Lim and senior Nicki Valenti. Graham and Woo tied for the best individual performance on the vault for their team with a score of 9.45. Moock led Pennsylvania on the bars with a 9.65 score and Constable finished close behind with a score of 9.55.
Tan headed her squad on the balance beam with a score of 9.725 and Moock recorded the second-best score on her team in the event at 9.15. Lim led her team in the floor exercise with a score of 9.675 and Valenti finished close behind with a 9.625 score. Moock recorded a score of 37.425 on the all-around to finish second overall in the event.
The Redbirds came away with higher scores than Pennsylvania on three of the four events with 47.95 on the uneven bars, 47.7 on the balance beam, 47.5 on the floor exercise and 47.25 on the vault to come away with the 190.4-187.9 win.
Pennsylvania edged out ISU on the floor exercise with a score of 47.525 and also recorded scores of 46.85 on the vault, 47.675 on the bars, 45.85 on the balance beam and 47.525 on the floor exercise.
The Redbirds resume action at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 versus Lindenwood.