The Illinois State gymnastics team defeated Southeast Missouri State on Jan. 25 at Horton Fieldhouse. The final score was 194.175 to 184.425.

The Illinois State women's gymnastics team started its season off on the right foot at Horton Field House Friday night as it defeated Southeast Missouri State 194.175-184.425.

ISU seemingly dominated throughout the meet, ranking in the top three on the floor, placing in the top five for uneven bars as well as scoring two season-high scores, achieving total scores of 194.175 and 48.825 on uneven bars.  

The Redbirds came up big in their first home meet, with sophomore Gabrielle Cooke leading the way in ISU's winning effort.

Cooke placed first in both vault and beam with scores of 9.750 and a season-high 9.900. Cooke also took home all-around honors for the second week in a row with a total score of 38.600.

ISU head coach Bob Conkling was pleased with his team's performances Friday night.

"I am very excited about how tonight went," Conkling said. "Overall, everyone was very positive, and everything went just like we've been practicing."

ISU gymnast Kylie Meyer placed first on uneven bars with a score of 9.850, a career high for the senior. Mia Quigg and Sofia Iribarren also earned season-highs, with Iribarren achieving second place on uneven bars with a score of 9.800.

Although Conkling emitted pride in the 'Birds' win against Southeast Missouri, there is always room for improvement.

"There are still some areas for improvement," Conkling said. "I think the team is excited to get back in the gym and make those corrections. We can't wait to have another meet back in Horton Field House next week." 

Redbird gymnastics continues its home slate of meets hosting Central Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday at Horton Field House.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas

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