Leading at halftime does not always result in a victory at the end. Despite holding the lead halfway through the meet, the ISU gymnastics team lost momentum during the second half of the meet and fell to Lindenwood, 190.175-189.95 Friday at Horton Field House.
The first rotation of the meet had ISU on the vault and Lindenwood on the uneven bars. The Redbirds led 47.625-46.875 after the first rotation. Junior Sami King led her squad on the vault with a score of 9.75 and senior Kim Caron posted the second-best score for her team in the event at 9.575.
Emily Turik led Lindenwood on the uneven bars with a score of 9.725 and Aubree Horn posted a 9.575 score. Lindenwood was on the vault and ISU was on the uneven bars for the second rotation of the meet. ISU led 95.95-95 after the second rotation.
The Redbirds tallied a score of 48.325 on the uneven bars, while the Lions recorded a 48.125 score on the vault. King headed the squad on the uneven bars with a score of 9.775 and senior Jenna Bossle recorded a 9.675 score. Turik posted the best score for the Lions on the vault at 9.675 and Trystien Charles earned a score of 9.65.
“Vault was much better,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “The girls popped off the horse really well and they were doing bigger vaults. Then we went to bars and looked really sharp. We just had minor deductions here and there, but overall I was really happy with our first two events.”
In the third rotation of the meet, the Redbirds were on the balance beam and Lindenwood was on the floor exercise. The Lions took the lead at the end of the third rotation by the score of 142.625-142.6. ISU posted a score of 46.65 on the balance beam, while Lindenwood recorded a 47.625 score on the floor exercise.
King led the Redbirds on the balance beam with a score of 9.8 and freshman Demi Pas posted a career-high score of 9.675. Turik led the Lions on the floor exercise with a 9.675 score and Valeri Ingui posted a score of 9.6.
ISU was on the floor exercise and Lindenwood was on the balance beam for the fourth rotation of the meet. After the fourth and final rotation, Lindenwood emerged victorious, 190.175-189.95. ISU earned a 47.35 score on the floor exercise, while Lindenwood tallied a score of 47.55 on the balance beam.
Sophomore Sarah Fisher headed the Redbirds on the floor exercise with a score of 9.675 and King recorded a 9.6 score. Ingui and Floyd led the Lions on the balance beam with both posting a score of 9.7.
“When we went to balance beam we had a couple gymnasts hit really well, and the rest just didn’t hit their routines tonight,” Conkling said. “They did okay on floor but I know they are capable of doing better.”
For the second-straight meet, King won the all-around with a 38.925 score. Lindenwood’s Ingui finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.175.
The Redbirds resume action on Saturday at the Illinois/Michigan Invite versus Illinois and Michigan at 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Mich.