Redbird gymnastics earn victory over Penn Quakers

ISU took on Penn for the second time of the season, but this time on the Redbirds’ home floor at Horton Field House on Saturday in the Pink Meet and Senior Night. The Redbirds came away with the same result as the first meeting between the teams, a victory by the score of 193.325-191.45. The Redbirds’ score of 193.325 is a new season-high.

Seniors Jenna Bossle, Kim Caron and Elise Gray were recognized as part of the Senior Night festivities.

“Senior night is hard for me and I always get a little choked up at the end,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “Jenna and Elise are captains and have been great all four years. Kim is a fifth year senior and she just keeps getting better. I’m very happy with our seniors and what they have contributed to this team.”

In the first rotation, ISU posted a 48.25 score on the vault, while Penn recorded a total of 47.025 on the uneven bars.

Junior Sami King headed the Redbirds on the vault, earning a season-high score of 9.775 and sophomore Sarah Fisher recorded a score of 9.75. Freshman Kelly Tan posted a total of 9.55 and junior Amber Woo recorded a score of 9.525 on the uneven bars for Penn.

The Redbirds posted a 48.65 score on the uneven bars in the second rotation and the Quakers notched a 48 score on the vault. ISU held a 96.9 to 95.175 advantage halfway through the meet.

King also led the Redbirds on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825 and senior Jenna Bossle and sophomore Amanda Moehler finished close behind with both gymnasts posting a total of 9.75. Sophomore Emily Paterson earned a score of 9.675 on the vault for the Quakers.

ISU’s next event was the balance beam for the third rotation of the meet where the Redbirds posted a season-high score of 48.425 and Penn recorded a 48.050 total on the floor exercise. The Redbirds held a 145.325 to 143.225 advantage with one event remaining.

Moehler and freshman Demi Pas led the way for the Redbirds on the balance beam with the duo recording a score of 9.8 apiece. Pas’ total was a career-high, while Moehler’s total was a season-high. King recorded a 9.75 score and Caron posted a career-high total of 9.55 on the balance beam. Sophomore Carissa Lim earned a score of 9.675 for Penn on the floor exercise.

ISU was on the floor exercise for the fourth and final rotation of the meet and posted a score of 48, while Penn recorded a 48.225 score on the balance beam. King headed the Redbirds by earning a score of 9.85 on the floor exercise and senior Kim Caron and Fisher each posted season-high scores of 9.8.

Caron and King were the lone competitors in the all-around in the meet, as there were no Penn Quakers participants in the all-around. King finished in first place in the all-around by posting a season-high score of 39.2, while Caron notched a second-place finish in the all-around with a career-high 38.55 score.

“I felt we were mentally strong almost all the way through the meet, with the exception of a couple hiccups on floor,” Conkling said. “You never want to count any falls in a meet, but I can’t be upset with them because everything else looked so good tonight … We finished with really strong beam routines and that has been our struggle all year, so I’m really happy with our improvement on beam.

The Redbirds resume action at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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