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The Illinois State women's gymnastics team defeated Southeast Missouri State Sunday at Horton Fieldhouse. Members of the team, shown here in an earlier-season meet vs the University of Illinois Chicago, out-scored Southwest Missouri 193.475-191.875.

The Illinois State gymnastics team defeated fellow Midwest Independent Conference member Southeast Missouri State 193.475-191.875 Sunday afternoon at Horton Field House.

The Redbirds ended a losing streak of three consecutive competitions behind a strong effort from Meredith LaRoche. The sophomore won the all-around with a score of 38.975.

Head coach Bob Conkling was encouraged by the team’s performance across the board.

“I was very pleased with how we did on vault, bars and floor,” Conkling said. “Meredith looked solid all the way through. Anna Marema was awesome on bars and Gabrielle Cooke had one of the best floor routines I’ve seen from her.”

ISU gymnasts took first place in each of the competition’s four events. Marie Priest won the vault, Marema took the bars, Demi Pas led the field in balance beam and Cooke’s personal best score of 9.875 landed her on top of the floor exercise leaderboard.

“Balance beam is a tough event and our gymnasts just have to trust themselves. We have to focus on small details and getting clean with handstands on bars during this week’s practice,” Conkling said.

The Redbirds will travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State University at 6:30 p.m. Friday The team then returns to Horton Field House for a dual meet with Wisconsin La-Crosse at 11 a.m. Sunday.

NATE HEAD is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at  ​vidette_ndhead@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @NateHead51

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