Despite a pair of season-high scores in the team uneven bars and floor, the Illinois State gymnastics team fell just short of snapping its losing streak Friday night.
The Redbirds narrowly missed their first win since Jan. 25, losing 193.350-192.050 to the Northern Illinois University Huskies.
The Redbirds started off strong in the team scoring events, holding a lead after the first three rotations.
ISU scored a 47.950 on the bars, 48.450 on the vault, 48.625 on the floor and 47.025 on the beam for a grand total of 192.050 for a team score.
After scoring 48.450 on the vault and 46.675 on bars, the Huskies took advantage of strong performances on the beam and floor routines, scoring 49.175 and 49.050 respectively, to overcome the Redbirds with a final team score of 193.350.
“Tonight, was such a close meet,” ISU head coach Bob Conkling said. “We just didn’t have our best moment on beam. I thought Brianna Barrett gave one of her best floor routines of her college career along with Cameron Topp. We know what we need to work on for next weekend.”
Barrett placed fourth for the Redbirds, but 10th overall on the floor with a score of 9.675, while Topp recorded a score of 9.775 on the floor.
The Redbirds performance resulted in many individual wins and career bests.
Junior Gabrielle Cooke won the all-round with a 38.575 and tied for first on the floor and second on the vault.
Freshman Sofia Iribarren placed first on the uneven bars with a season high score of 9.825.
The Redbirds will look to break their losing streak and continue their road trip at the Illinois Classic in Urbana-Champain at 2 p.m. Saturday.