GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. Eastern Michigan
University / at Ypsilanti, MI / Mid-American Conference Dual Meet
/ Saturday / January 17, 2004
EASTERN MICHIGAN 192.850, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 191.325
Spindler (EMU), 9.775; 2---(TIE)---Brooke Morari (EMU), Laura Holensworth
(EMU), 9.750; 4---Amy Ristvedt (NIU), 9.700; 5---Kelly Kramer (NIU),
9.675. Other NIU scores: kristina Campos, 9.475; Ashlee Williams,
9.350; Heather Marti, 9.300; Dannielle Dacey, 9.075. Team scores:
EMU 48.475, NIU 47.500
BARS: 1---Leah Hashimoto (EMU), 9.800; 2---Jody Yednock (NIU), 9.775;
3---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 9.675; 4---(TIE)---Lisanna Goldschen
(NIU), Katie Willett (NIU), Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.625. Other
NIU score: Ashlee Williams, 8.575. Team scores: NIU 48.325, EMU
1---Missy Thompson (EMU), 9.775; 2--- Jennifer
Spindler (EMU), 9.700; 3---Becky Scannell (EMU), 9.650; 4---(TIE)---Meghan
Cronin (NIU), Kristina Campos (NIU), Rebecca Fuss (EMU), 9.625.
Other NIU scores: Kelly Kramer, 9.600; Dannielle Dacey, 9.575; Jody
Yednock, 9.550; Ashlee Williams, 9.450. Team scores: NIU 47.975,
1---Leah Hashimoto, 9.825; 2---Brooke Morari (EMU), 9.800; 3---Kristina
Campos (NIU), 9.775; 4---Rebecca Fuss (EMU), 9.750; 5---(TIE)---Kelly
Kramer (NIU), Lauren Okray (EMU), 9.700. Other NIU scores: Meghan
Cronin, 9.450; Dannielle Dacey, 9.375; Ashlee Williams, 9.225; Amy
Ristvedt, 9.150. Team scores: EMU 48.675, NIU 47.575.
1---Rebecca Fuss (EMU), 38.575; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 38.500;
3---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 37.700; 4--- Ashlee Williams (NIU), 36.600.
RECORD TO DATE:
Northern Illinois now 0-2-0 overall, 0-1-0 in the MAC
MEET: Sunday / January 25 --- NIU vs. Western Michigan University,
DeKalb, IL, 1 p.m.
THE DIFFERENCE AS HUSKIE GYMNASTS DROP MAC OPENER AT EASTERN MICHIGAN
falls on the floor exercise were too much for the Northern Illinois
University women's gymnastics team to overcome Saturday (Jan. 17)
as Eastern Michigan vaulted its way to a 192.850-191.325 victory
in Mid-American Conference action.
dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the MAC while Eastern Michigan
leveled its conference and overall slates at 1-1.
bars and balance beam nicely but were a little short on vault and
we had to count two falls on floor," NIU coach Mark Sontag
lamented. "We're going through a bunch of little injuries and
we weren't able to perform to the best of our abilities today."
(Oak Park, MO / Gladstone) battled through an ankle injury for a
9.775 score on the floor but EMU's Leah Hashimoto and Brooke Morari
surpassed that with marks of 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. And
while the Eagles had five scores over 9.500 on that apparatus, only
Kelly Kramer (Long Lake, MN / Benilde-St. Margaret's) could support
Campos with her 9.700 effort.
captured the uneven bars title, earning a 9.800 from the judges
to edge NIU freshman Jody Yednock (West Chicago) by 0.025 points.
Dannielle Dacey (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Marian M. Graham) was
third on that event with a 9.675, helping the Huskies to a 48.325
also had difficulties on the vault, finishing with a 47.500 paced
by freshman Amy Ristvedt's (Alexandria, MN / Jefferson) 9.700 showing
plus a 9.675 from Kramer. But Campos' injury limited the defending
MAC Gymnast of the Year to a 9.475 while two teammates stumbled
on their landings. Jennifer Spindler claimed top honors for EMU
with a 9.775.
Missy Thompson won the balance beam competition with a 9.775 performance,
just ahead of Spindler (9.700). Campos and freshman Meghan Cronin
(St. Charles / East) shared fourth position at 9.625, with Campos'
effort giving her a four-event total of 38.500. The Eagles' Rebecca
Fuss was the day's all-around champion at 38.575.
and several teammates hampered by minor injuries, Sontag found consolation
in the effort of his freshman class in its second collegiate competition.
The freshman accounted for NIU's top scores on three of the four
started us off well on beam, and rocked another set on bars. She's
really doing well," the Huskie mentor noted. "To see our
freshmen step up like that is a bright note for our program. It
shows there's a lot of potential for the future, and they're already
take time to rest their injuries before continuing MAC competition
next Sunday (Jan. 25), when Northern Illinois hosts Western Michigan
University for a 1 p.m. dual. That meet takes place in Victor E.
Court, while the NIU men's basketball team faces the University
at Buffalo in the arena section of the Convocation Center.
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by Robert Hester