The Illinois State University gymnastics team placed third at the Midwest Independence Conference Championships in Denton, Texas Saturday with a score of 194.550.
Lindenwood won the MIC title with a team score of 195.800, followed by host Texas Woman's in second with a team score of 195.750. Southeast Missouri State finished in fourth with a 194.450, Illinois-Chicago placed fifth with a 194.425 and Centenary finished last in sixth with a total score of 190.875.
Senior Sami King tied for first place on the balance beam competition with a score of 9.900 while junior Amanda Mohler finished third with a 9.850. Both King and Mohler's performances earned them all-conference honors. Additionally, on the balance beam freshman Marie Priest tied for sixth place with a 9.800, earning her second team all-conference honors. As a team on the balance beam, ISU had a total score of 48.900.
"We started on bars and didn't have a good rotation," head coach Bob Conkling said. "When we got to floor, it was the best floor we had all year, and the same with vault. We would have been right in there for the championship if we would have hit bars, but we didn't."
Illinois State finished with a team score of 49.075 in the floor competition. Junior Sarah Fisher tied for fifth with a 9.850. The Redbirds finished the meet with a team score of 48.950 in the vault competition. Sophomore Kristyn Bossle paced the Redbirds, tying for fifth with a score of 9.875, earning her second team all-conference.
King's consistent performances on the balance beam throughout the season has earned her a spot to compete in the 2015 NCAA Regionals at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the University of Oklahoma.
It will be King's fourth year competing in the balance beam competition at the NCAA Regionals. King placed 16th overall as a freshman with a score of 38.450, sixth with a score of 39.125 as a sophomore and as a junior placed 11th in balance beam with a score of 9.625.
Additionally, Mohler has been selected as the first alternate to King in the balance beam competition.
"I am also proud of Amanda qualifying as the alternate for the balance beam competition," Conkling said. "The coaches, staff and the team are proud of both gymnasts and all their success this year."