This week’s MVC Newcomer of the Week honor goes to Meredith LaRoche, a freshman gymnast for the Illinois State Redbirds. The Cocoa, Fla. native earned the honor for her performance at the team’s home-opener meet against Lindenwood and Ball State where she placed second in the all-around with a score of 37.200. Her all-around performance included a third-place finish in the vault event with a score of 9.750. Even though the Redbirds placed third behind Lindenwood and Ball State, LaRoche managed to continue her strong start of her collegiate career after her fourth-place finish (38.100) in the all-around at a five-team meet hosted by Lindenwood, which included a first-place finish in the floor exercise with a score of 9.900. 

Jacob Klassen is a sports reporter at The Vidette and can be reached at vidette_jklasse@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @jklass350.

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