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The Illinois State gymnastics team competed in two events this weekend, earning second place in a tri-meet at Iowa State Friday and defeating UW-La Crosse Sunday at Horton Field House.

It was the first time of the season the Redbirds competed twice in a weekend. But, it did not show, as ISU turned in impressive scores of 192.700 and 193.500.

Meredith LaRoche led the team, winning the all-around competition Sunday for the second time in three events.

Illinois State at Iowa State Tri-Meet

Illinois State secured second place in the tri-meet in Ames, Iowa, with a score of 192.700. Host Iowa State won the event with a score of 195.625 and Gustavus Adolphus took third with a 186.275.

LaRoche finished in second place in the all-around competition with an overall score of 38.975. LaRoche tied for third on the floor and vault events.

Gabrielle Cooke ended the meet in fourth place in the all-around. Cooke’s best finish resulted in a tie with LaRoche in the floor routine with a score of 9.800.

Anna Marema continued her consistency on the uneven bars, as the freshman tied for first place with a score of 9.825.

Illinois State vs UW-La Crosse

Illinois State returned home to Horton Field House Sunday for a dual meet with the Eagles, winning 193.950-190.975.

LaRoche took first place in the all-around with a personal-best score of 39.025. LaRoche finished in second place in all four events.

Cooke finished in second place in the all-around behind her teammate with a score of 38.400. The freshman posted personal-bests in both the beam and floor events.

Coach Conkling was once again impressed with his underclassmen duo.

“I am happy we get to have those two for several more years,”  Conkling said. "They are both mature young women and are perfectionists in practice, and that seems to be paying off for them.”

Marema secured first place in the bars event for the third straight meet with a score of 9.725.

ISU will travel to Denver, Colo. Sunday for a tri-meet with the University of Denver and the University of Illinois.

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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