The Redbird gymnastics team came up on the short end of the stick in its last two meets finishing in fourth out of four teams at the Illinois/Michigan Invite and losing to Lindenwood, but ISU emerged victorious, 191.025-188.925 over Alaska-Anchorage last Friday night at Horton Field House to earn its second victory of the season and first win in three weeks.
“Sarah really stepped up this week and if she would have hit her beam set that would have really helped,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “Kristyn and Jenna Bossle have only vaulted once in these past few weeks, so I was pleased with how we could use them after we lost Sami King to an injury this week. Overall, we did a pretty good job [Friday] filled with some personal bests. Hopefully we will get some girls back in the lineup that usually compete on floor and vault and then our team scores will continue to rise.”
The first rotation of the meet had ISU on the vault and Alaska on the uneven bars. The Redbirds led 47.925-46.9 after the first rotation. Senior Kristen Lieberman led her squad on the vault with a career-high score of 9.7 and senior Kim Caron posted the second-best score for her team in the event with a career-high score of 9.625.
Stefany Bryan led Alaska on the uneven bars with a score of 9.75 and Nicole Larkin posted a 9.625 score. Alaska was on the vault and ISU was on the uneven bars for the second rotation of the meet. ISU led 96.525-94.625 after the second rotation.
The Redbirds tallied a score of 48.6 on the uneven bars, while the Seawolves recorded a 47.725 score on the vault. Senior Jenna Bossle headed the squad on the uneven bars with a score of 9.8 and sophomore Amanda Mohler recorded a 9.775 score. Simone Penker posted the best score for the Seawolves on the vault at 9.65 and Julia York and Bryan both earned a score of 9.55.
In the third rotation of the meet, the Redbirds were on the balance beam and Alaska was on the floor exercise.
The Redbirds still held the lead at the end of the third rotation by the score of 142.95-142.225. ISU posted a score of 46.425 on the balance beam, while Alaska recorded a 47.6 score on the floor exercise.
Freshman Demi Pas led the Redbirds on the balance beam with a season-high score of 9.725 and Mohler posted a score of 9.65. Larkin led the Seawolves on the floor exercise with a 9.7 score and Kallie Randolph posted a score of 9.6.
ISU was on the floor exercise and Alaska was on the balance beam for the fourth rotation of the meet.
After the fourth and final rotation, ISU emerged victorious, 191.025-188.925. ISU earned a 48.075 score on the floor exercise, while Alaska tallied a score of 46.7 on the balance beam.
Sophomore Sarah Fisher headed the Redbirds on the floor exercise with a career-high score of 9.8, junior Heather Pena recorded a career-high 9.65 score and Lieberman posted a career-high score of 9.575. Penker led the Seawolves on the balance beam, posting a score of 9.7 and Morgan Cook recorded a score of 9.675.
Fisher participated in the all-around event for the first time and won the all-around with a 38.075 score. Alaska’s Bryan finished second in the all-around with a score of 37.85.
The Redbirds resume action at 6 p.m. on Friday versus Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo.