For the second time of the season in a tri-meet, the Redbird gymnastics team finished in third place, falling to Missouri and Lindenwood on Friday evening in St. Charles, Mo. The Redbirds earned a score of 190.75, the Lions posted a total of 190.925 in second place and the Tigers registered the victory with a 194.05 score.
“Overall, it was a pretty steady meet,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “We made improvements this week but we have to put together an entire meet and clean up some routines, which I think they are capable of doing.”
The Redbirds opened the meet on the uneven bars. Sophomore Amanda Mohler and senior Jenna Bossle headed the squad on the uneven bars by each registering a total of 9.7. Freshman Samantha Ward finished right behind the duo by posting a 9.625 score.
The Redbirds posted a 47.425 score on the uneven bars. ISU moved on to the balance team for the second rotation of the meet. Junior Sami King posted a season-high total of 9.825 to lead the Redbirds in the balance team and Mohler recorded a 9.65 score.
Sophomore Sarah Fisher earned a 9.525 score on the balance beam as part of competing in the all-around and senior Jenna Bossle registered a season-high score of 9.5. The Redbirds posted a 47.825 score on the balance beam with their running total at 95.25.
“This was the first time this season we didn’t count a fall on the beam,” Conkling said. “We made improvements and this was our best beam rotation as a team this year.”
ISU’s next event was floor exercise for the third rotation of the meet. Senior Kim Caron headed the ISU squad on the floor exercise with a score of 9.625 and Fisher posted a total of 9.6. The Redbirds earned a 47.625 on the floor exercise with their running score at 142.875.
ISU was on the vault for the fourth and final rotation of the meet. Senior Kristen Lieberman led the Redbirds on the vault with a score of 9.575 and freshman Sydney Kennedy posted a 9.5 score. The Redbirds earned a 47.3 score on the vault with a final total of 190.175.
“Sarah went to a more difficult vault routine and just about made it, but not quite,” Conkling said. “Kristen Lieberman also stuck her vault again this meet which was great to see.”
Fisher was the lone Redbird to compete in the all-around and finished in third place with a 37.075 score. Missouri’s Rachel Updike earned first place with a 38.45 score and Lindenwood’s Emily Turik finished in second place with a score of 38.15.
Rachel Zabawa headed Lindenwood on the vault with a 9.825 score and Aubree Horn posted a total of 9.7. Courtney Heise and Turik led the Lions on the uneven bars with scores of 9.775 and 9.7, respectively.
Alicia Floyd led the way for Lindenwood on the balance beam with a 9.775 total and Turik and Valeri Ingui both posted a score of 9.675. On the floor exercise, Ajiea Hargrove and Zabawa headed the Lions with scores of 9.65 and 9.55, respectively.
Updike headed Missouri on the vault with a 9.9 score and Alyson Heimsath posted a total of 9.75. Rebecca Johnson led the Tigers on the uneven bars with a score of 9.85. Miranda Eubank and Briana Conkle both posted a score of 9.8 on the uneven bars for Missouri. Updike and Heimsath led the way for Missouri on the balance beam, posting scores of 9.85 and 9.75, respectively. On the floor exercise, Updike and Angie Kern headed the Tigers with scores of 9.9 and 9.725, respectively.
The Redbirds resume action at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Illinois Classic at Horton Field House.