NIU Gymnastics Team Comes Up SHort at Ball State



Feb. 25, 2011

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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Northern Illinois gymnastics team continued its climb back to full strength and earned its second straight team score of 192 or higher, but fell to Ball State in Muncie Friday night by the score of 193.400-192.025. With the loss, NIU fell to 1-7 overall, 1-5 versus Mid-American Conference competition while Ball State improved to 5-7, 3-1.

The Huskies earned their best floor score of the season with a 48.300, and senior Holly Reichard (Palatine, Ill./Fremd HS) claimed a share of the individual event titles on uneven parallel bars and balance beam to lead the Huskies. After seeing the team's overall score improve in each of the past four meets, NIU Head Coach Mark Sontag and his team were not satisfied with Friday's result.

"Scoring 192 on the road is respectable, but not quite what we were hoping to do," Sontag said. "We competed a lot better on floor, but had a little bit of a letdown on beam today. We are working hard and getting better, but we didn't get the win and that was frustrating. We are competing well, I liked the attitude [tonight]. We were competitive all the way through."

Reichard scored a 9.725 on both bars and beam, tying her season best score on the balance beam. The win on beam was her fourth of the season and with a 38.650, she tied for second in the all-around competition with her second-best total of the year.

Shonda Clore (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview HS) led the Huskies on vault with a 9.650 to earn fourth place, while Tanya Rachan (Lowell, Ind./Hanover Central HS) made a triumphant return on floor exercise with a team-leading and season-best 9.725 to tie for third on the event. The junior had not competed on floor since the first week of the season due to injury. Sophomore Marisa Liptak (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick HS) scored a career-high 9.650 on balance beam and added a 9.700 on floor exercise.

"Holly was limited in training this week so for her to go out and do what she did was great," Sontag said. "Shonda had another solid outing and has been very consistent for us this year; Marisa put together two excellent performances. Tanya had a great floor as she continues to push to get back on all the events again."

Northern Illinois will now have just three days before its next competition, a home dual meet versus Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, March 1 at the NIU Convocation Center.

"We're back in the gym training on Sunday so it's definitely a different schedule than what we are used to," Sontag said. "We'll have a day off, a day of training, a day off and competition. We are getting better and what we're doing is working. We're going to keep focused on what we want to accomplish. We are going in the right direction, sometimes it doesn't come as fast as we'd like."

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