Photos from NIU's gymnastics victory over Ball State on January 24, 2014
NIU Career Bests: Vault - 9.750 (at BGSU/Alaska, 2-15-15) Bars - 9.750 (at BGSU/Alaska, 2-15-15) Beam - 9.500 (at Kent State, 1-16-15) Floor - 9.850 (at BGSU/Alaska, 2-15-15) All Around - 38.125 (at Lindenwood, 1-23-15)
2014: Competed in five meets before suffering a season-ending injury. Competed as an all-around competitor against Ball State (1-24) tallying season best scores with a 9.700 in vault, 9.675 in uneven parallel bars and 9.650 in floor exercise. She also added a 9.050 in the balance beam for an overall all-around score of 38.075. In the other four events she competed in the vault averaging a 9.546 score. Scored a 9.650 in both vault and uneven parallel bars while scoring exhibition scores of 9.625 in both the balance beam and floor exercise in a quadrangular meet with Iowa State, Texas Woman's and Wisconsin-Whitewater (2-16).
Prep: Trained at United Gymnastics Academy in Frankfort, IL as a Level 10 All-Around gymnast from 2010-12. Competed in the 2011 Illinois State meet where she placed third on the vault with a score of 9.475 and took fourth on the floor exercise with a score of 9.500. Advanced to the 2011 Region 5 Championships where she finished fourth scoring a career high of 9.675 on the vault. Won the vault with a score of 9.600, and the all-around by scoring 36.200 at the 13th Annual GymQuarters Invitational. Placed fourth in the all-around with a personal best of 36.400 at the 2012 Gasparilla Classic. Completed her Level 10 career with seven meets with top 10 finishes in all five events, over 50 top 10 finishes overall, and advanced to the Region 5 Championships three times.
Personal: Born on Nov. 28, 1995 in Merrillville, Ind. to parents Beatriz and Anthony Dowdell. Was an honor roll student all four years of high school and has career ambitions of being a nurse.