Following her junior year as a Redbird, Sami King of the Illinois State gymnastics team was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The exercise science major qualified for the NCAA Regional in each of her first three years at ISU and holds an unblemished 4.0 grade-point average. King also earned All-MIC First-Team honors in each of her first three years at ISU.
King’s junior campaign concluded in the 2014 NCAA Regional on April 5 with the balance beam event at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., with an 11th place finish with a 9.625 score.
“She did a good job today,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said at the conclusion of the NCAA Regional. “She was a bit more nervous than usual, so it wasn’t her best beam set of the season. She had a couple wobbles but stayed up on the beam and did her routine. Overall, the competition was very exciting and there was some really good performances today.”
The Canton, Mich., native punched her ticket to the NCAA Regional by winning the balance beam event at the 2014 Midwest Independent Conference Championships with a season-high 9.875 score on March 22.
“I am very excited for Sami King qualifying to the NCAA Regionals,” Conkling said at the conclusion of the MIC Championships. “Sami has worked extremely hard this year, but minor injuries prevented her from competing in the all-around in various meets this season. She very much deserves the honor of representing Illinois State University, the Athletic Department and her team at the NCAA Regional Competition. The coaches, staff and her teammates are proud of everything Sami does to help progress and represent the ISU Gymnastics team at the highest level.”
King earned MIC Specialist of the Week honors by recording a career-high 9.925 score on the floor exercise and emerging victorious in the balance beam event with a 9.825 score in the Illinois Classic quad meet at Horton Field House on Feb. 21.
“I’m really happy for Sami King winning the floor and beam competitions after taking some time off competition,” Conkling said on Feb. 21.
King earned MIC Gymnast of the Week honors by emerging victorious in three events and recording a season-high score in the all-around with 39.2 in a win over Penn at Horton Field House on March 1.
“I thought Sami and Kim looked really strong in the all-around tonight,” Conkling said on March 1.
King participated in the all-around in both 2012 and 2013 at the NCAA Regional. As a freshman, she earned a 16th place finish with a 38.450 score. As a sophomore, King earned sixth place with a 39.125 score.
“Sami rotated with Oklahoma and was right up there with their team,” Conkling said at the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Regional. “She had some tiny mistakes, but overall she did really well and placed sixth in the all-around.”
King won first place in the all-around at the 2013 MIC Championship and was part of the ISU gymnastics squad that won a conference title in 2012.