The Illinois State gymnastics team earned second place in a tri-meet Friday night against Arkansas and Southeast Missouri inside Barnhill Arena.

Arkansas placed first with a total score of 196.650. After losing to conference rival Southeast Missouri last week, ISU placed ahead of them Friday finishing with a score of 192.025 while SEMO ended the meet with a score of 191.50

“There’s no better feeling than overcoming the reigning conference champs,” junior Danci Cha said. “After coming close to winning last week, it was nice to beat them Friday.”

Sophomore Samantha Ward posted a team high score of 9.725 on uneven bars and 9.600 on her floor routine. ISU scored 47.625 on the uneven bars and 47.525 on the floor.

Junior Amanda Mohler scored a career-best on the balance beam with a score of 9.850.

“Amanda did a great job,” Cha said. “We’re always motivating each other in practices and that showed this week as we were able to overcome SEMO.

The Redbirds posted a season-best team score of 48.700 in the balance beam competition.

“We showed confidence and force on the balance beam,” head coach Bob Conkling said. “This rotation proved to be what our team is capable of.”

Sophomore Kristyn Bossle placed third in the vault competition with a score of 9.825. Overall, head coach Bob Conkling was impressed with his team’s performance.

“We definitely deserve the scores we got, I could not be more proud of our team,” Conkling said. “Each week we are continuing to grow and I feel this is a turning point for us.”

The Redbirds return for a home meet at 7 p.m. this Friday against the Air Force Academy at Horton Field House.

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