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February 7, 2004

WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. Illinois State University / at Normal, IL / ISU's Redbird Arena / Non-conference Dual Meet / Saturday / Feb. 7, 2004


VAULT: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.775; 2---Amy Ristvedt (NIU), 9.725; 3---Pam Hoover (ISU), 9.675; 4---Whitney Albright (ISU), 9.650; 5---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 9.600. Other NIU scores: Ashlee Williams, 9.475; Kelly Kramer, 9.275; Dannielle Dacey, 8.925. Team scores: NIU 47.850, ISU 47.375.

UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.850; 2---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 9.750; 3---(TIE)---Kerry Tierney (ISU), Anne Fjordholm (ISU), 9.725; 4---(TIE)---Lisanna Goldschen (NIU), Katie Willett (NIU), 9.700. Other NIU scores: Tiffany Nolen, 9;600; Ashlee Williams, 9.050. Team scores: NIU 48.600, KSU 48.250.

BALANCE BEAM: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.800; 2--- Amy Biedenham (ISU), 9.700; 3---Anne Fjordholm (ISU), 9.675; 4---Whitney Albright (ISU), 9.625; 5---(TIE)---Mariah Howard (NIU), Ashlee Williams (NIU), Kelly Noonan (ISU), 9.600. Other NIU scores: Dannielle Dacey, 9.100; Tiffany Nolen, 8.950. Team scores: ISU 48.100, NIU 47.650.

FLOOR EXERCISE: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.825; 2---Pam Hoover (ISU), 9.800; 3---(TIE)---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), Tove Fjordholm (ISU), 9.725; 5---(TIE)---Erin Cunningham (ISU), Whitney Albright (ISU), 9.675. Other NIU scores: Ashlee Williams, 9.650; Amy Ristvedt, 9.600; Dannielle Dacey, 8.700; Kristin Harrington, 8.550. Team scores: ISU 48.550, NIU 47.500.

ALL-AROUND: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 39.250; 2---Whitney Albright (ISU), 38.550; 3---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 37.875; 4---Ashlee Williams (NIU), 37.775; 5---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 36.475.

RECORD TO DATE: Northern Illinois now 1-4-0 overall
NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Sunday / Feb. 15 --- NIU vs. Ball State University, at DeKalb, IL (Convocation Center), 2 p.m.


NORMAL, IL---Junior Kristina Campos (Oak Park, MO / Gladstone) won top honors on all four events plus the all-around competition versus Illinois State here Saturday night (Feb. 7). But Campos' success didn't spread to her teammates, as Northern Illinois posted its second-lowest team score of the season in a 192.275-191.600 defeat.

NIU's total came just six days after Mark Sontag's crew compiled a 195.150 total---the second-best in program history---on Sunday (Feb. 1), but Saturday's effort dropped the Huskies to 1-4 on the season.

"Kristina did really well tonight. She just goes up and gets the job done," Sontag said. "It was nice to see her do that, but the rest of us didn't get the job done. I'm extremely disappointed, because all we had to do was continue what we've been doing and we could be several points better than ISU. But we didn't do that tonight."

Campos' evening began with a 9.850 performance on the balance beam, which turned out to be the highest mark on any event Saturday night. Dannielle Dacey (Saskatoon, Sask. / Marian M. Graham) added a 9.750 effort followed by Lisanna Goldschen (St. Cloud, MN / Apollo) and Katie Willett (Hastings, NE / Adams Central) at 9.700 as Northern Illinois registered a 48.600 total in its opening event.

"Lisanna and Katie had really nice routines on bars," Sontag noted. "We were a point ahead after the first rotation, but then vault and floor (exercise) were problems tonight, and we weren't good enough on (balance) beam."

Campos escaped the team's difficulties on vault, scoring a 9.775 to slip past teammate Amy Ristvedt (Alexandria, MN / Jefferson) by 0.05 points for the blue ribbon on that event, but no other Huskie could earn better than a 9.500. On floor, Campos' 9.825 edged ISU's Pam Hoover (9.800) while the NIU junior added a 9.800 on the beam to claim her fourth title of the evening.

Campos has now surpassed the 39.000 mark four times in five meets this season and ten times in her Huskie career. She owns half of the 39-plus tallies in program history.

Sontag was forced to shuffle his line-up after freshman Meghan Cronin (St. Charles / East) was injured in pre-meet warm-ups. Cronin had competed in all four events for the Huskies last Sunday, but her absence was notable as Northern Illinois was forced to count routines which included five falls.

"We've got so many injuries right now, it's getting to the point where our depth isn't saving us any more," the NIU mentor said.

Northern Illinois returns to Mid-American Conference competition next Sunday (Feb. 15), hosting Ball State University in a 2 p.m. matinee.

-30- -- Copy by Robert Hester



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