Gymnastics Alaska 6

Illinois State junior Gabrielle Cooke competes on bars earning, a 9.625 average for her attempts in a meet against Alaska last season at Horton Fieldhouse.

The Illinois state Redbirds Gymnastic team traveled to Denver Colorado to take on the No. 6 University of Denver.

The meet at Hamilton Gymnasium Saturday night in Denver brought in a sold-out crowd.

The Redbirds put up a hard fought battle falling just a few points short of beating Denver, who notched its program’s second highest score with its 197.625-193.275 win over ISU.

The closest ISU got to defeating Denver was in the floor event, but the Pioneers prevailed, 48.675- 49.425.

“Overall, it was a solid meet considering what we were up against and we know what we need to work on to prepare for next weekend,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said.

“We started out strong on uneven bars, vault and floor we did okay. We are a much better beam team than what we performed tonight.”

The day started off strong for ISU, outscoring their previous uneven bar score from last week by 0.075.

ISU has not been going up against any easy opponent as its last two teams they competed against were among the top 25. 

Junior Gabrielle Cooke was able to score 9.825 on the floor putting her in fifth place. Cooke did not stop there she was able to place fifth in the all-around category with a score of 37.975.

The Redbirds’ journey on the road continues at 1 p.m. Feb.  24 at Ball State.

NICHOLAS HONEYSETT is a Sports Reporter and a Viewspoint Columnist for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @HoneyHoneysett

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