The Illinois State gymnastics squad finished the season with a 3-4 dual meet record in a 195.2-191.825 loss to Illinois-Chicago in Chicago on Saturday at the Physical Education Building. Previous dual meet results include losses to Ball State, Lindenwood and Southeast Missouri State, a pair of victories over Pennsylvania and a win over Alaska-Anchorage.
“We started on bars and did really fantastic, our 49.000 was a season-high,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “We had really good performances from individuals on every event, but as a whole the team just didn’t perform the last three events to the best of their ability. We had to count falls on beam and floor, and when you start counting falls you’re not going to score well. We started off great but we just couldn’t keep the momentum going.”
In the first rotation, ISU posted a 49 score on the uneven bars and UIC totaled a score of 48.6 on the vault. Senior Jenna Bossle headed the Redbirds with a season-high score of 9.875 on the uneven bars, while junior Sami King and sophomore Amanda Mohler each recorded a score of 9.825. Senior Kim Caron tied her career-high score at 9.725 and freshman Samantha Ward earned a season-high score of 9.75. Kimberly Randall led the Flames with a 9.8 score on the vault.
The Redbirds posted a 47.225 score on the vault in the second rotation, while the Flames earned a 48.7 score on the uneven bars. UIC held a 97.3-96.225 advantage halfway through the meet.
Bossle led ISU with a season-high 9.7 score and senior Kristen Lieberman recorded a score of 9.5 on the vault. Catherine Dion headed the Flames with a score of 9.925 on the uneven bars.
ISU posted a score of 47.875 on the floor exercise in the third rotation of the meet, while UIC earned a score of 48.95 on the balance beam. UIC still held the lead at the end of the third rotation, 146.25-144.1.
Caron led the Redbirds with a score of 9.75 and sophomore Sarah Fisher posted a score of 9.7 on the floor exercise. Michelle Lozneanu headed the Flames with a score of 9.85 on the balance beam.
For the fourth and final rotation of the meet, ISU posted a score of 47.725 on the balance beam and UIC earned a score of 48.95 on the floor exercise to account for the final 195.2-191.825 margin in favor of UIC.
Mohler tied a career-high score of 9.85 on the balance beam, freshman Demi Pas tied a season-high score of 9.8 and sophomore Danci Cha recorded a score of 9.825. Catherine Dion led the Flames on the floor exercise with a score of 9.825.
The only ISU gymnast to compete in the all-around was Caron and she finished in fourth place with a 37.15 score. UIC accounted for the top three spots in the all-around, including Catherine Dion earning first place with a 39.35 score, Gabrielle May finishing in second place with a score of 39.075 and Alexandra Vedenin earning a 38.55 score to finish in third place.
The Redbirds resume action at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships at Horton Field House. The teams involved in the meet besides ISU include Centenary, Lindenwood, Southeast Missouri State, Texas Women’s and Illinois-Chicago.