Gymnastics Tops Eastern Michigan to Remain Unbeaten
Jan. 25, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. - Sophomore Holly Reichard won the individual all-around competition, and also captured top honors on the vault and uneven parallel bars, leading the Northern Illinois gymnastics team (2-0, 2-0 MAC) to a 194.350-192.625 win over visiting Eastern Michigan at the Convocation Center Sunday afternoon.
"This was a great win. We opened up the meet very well, and that certainly helped us," said NIU head coach Mark Sontag. "I was pleased with how we took advantage of the events we knew could perform well in.
"We are going to continue to look at our lineup for all four events as the season goes on. We have a lot of depth, so it will depend from meet-to-meet as to who will be competing. Part of it will depend on who is hot; we will have some people in-and-out of the lineup."
In the vault, the Huskies recorded a 48.875-48.525 advantage. The team mark was NIU's second-highest vault score in program history. Reichard's 9.875 score led the way, while Natalie Blum recorded an impressive 9.85 tally. On the bars, the Huskies out-scored the Eagles, 48.875-47.775. Blum and Reichard each turned in individual marks of 9.800, as NIU secured five-of the top six scores in the event.
On the beam, NIU's Jennifer Naughton dished out an impressive 9.900 tally, good enough for first-place. Reichard and Shonda Clore recorded the respective second-and third place scores, leading to a decisive 48.125-47.700 team advantage for the Huskies.
Eastern Michigan edged the Huskies in the floor exercise, posting a 48.625-48.475 advantage. Despite finishing behind the Eagles as a team, NIU had the top-three individual finishes in the event, led by Leah Johnson's 9.875 score.
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