Michigan takes the victory, but Sontag pleased with Huskie gymnasts' performance



February 14, 2003

WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. University of Michigan / at Ann Arbor, MI / UM's Cliff Keen Arena / Non-Conference Dual Meet / Friday / February 14, 2003


VAULT: 1---Jenny Deiley (UM), 9.925; 2---(TIE)---Chelsea Kroll (UM), Calli Ryals (UM), 9.900; 4---Becca Clauson (UM), 9.850; 5---Janessa Grieco (UM), 9.825. NIU scores: Kristie Woodin, 9.775; Anna Gardina, 9.750; Tiffany Nolen, 9.700; Keri Saint, 9.625; Kristina Campos, 9.450; Laura Hale, 9.100. Team scores: UM 49.400, NIU 48.300.

UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS: 1---Lauren Mirkovich (UM), 9.950; 2---Jenny Deiley (UM), 9.900; 3---(TIE)---Janessa Grieco (UM), Chelsea Kroll (UM), 9.775; 5---Lisanna Goldschen (NIU), 9.700. Other NIU scores: Tiffany Nolen, 9.675; Ashlee Williams, 9.675; Kristina Campos, 9.650; Dannielle Dacey, 9.025; Anna Gardina, 7.850. Team scores: MU 48.450, NIU 47.725.

BALANCE BEAM: 1---Chelsea Kroll (UM), 9.925; 2---Calli Ryals (UM), 9.900; 3---Janessa Grieco (UM), 9.875; 4---Jenny Deiley (UM), 9.850; 5---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.825. Other NIU scores: Laura Hale, 9.750; Ashlee Williams, 9.700; Tiffany Nolen, 9.600; Anna Gardina, 9.025; Crystal Flondor, 8.875. Team scores: UM 49.350, NIU 47.900.

FLOOR EXERCISE: 1---Calli Ryals (UM), 9.975; 2---Becca Clauson (UM), 9.925; 3---(TIE)---Janessa Grieco (UM), Jenny Deiley (UM), 9.875; 5---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.850. Other NIU scores: Keri Saint, 9.800; Ashlee Williams, 9.800; Laura Hale, 9.725; Kristie Woodin, 9.725; Tiffany Nolen, 9.475. Team scores: UM 49.350, NIU 47.900.

ALL-AROUND: 1---Jenny Deiley (UM), 39.550; 2---Janessa Grieco (UM), 39.350; 3---Calli Ryals (UM), 38.825; 4---Kristina Campos (NIU), 38.775; 5---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 38.450.

RECORD TO DATE: Northern Illinois now 5-7-0 on the season
NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Sunday / Feb. 23 --- NIU at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, 2 p.m.


ANN ARBOR, MI---Sometimes success isn't always measured in terms of wins and losses. For proof, look no further than Northern Illinois University gymnastics coach Mark Sontag's comments following his team's performance against the University of Michigan here Friday night (Feb. 14).

NIU surpassed the 192 mark for the third consecutive meet, but dropped to 5-7 on the season as the Wolverines demonstrated why they are the 11th-ranked team in the country (accoring to GYMINFO computer averages). Michigan cleared 49.000 on three of four events on the way to a 196.650-192.825 victory over Sontag's Huskies.

"This was a good meet for us. To post a score like that in a road meet really helps us out in terms of regional qualifying averages," Sontag said. "Michigan just went out the roof, but we hung in there and did really well. Kristina Campos had some great routines tonight."

Campos (Gladstone, MO / Oak Park) finished fourth in the all-around competition with her 38.775 composite featuring a 9.850 on the floor exercise plus a 9.825 on the balance beam. Both of those event scores earned fifth-place showings for the Huskie sophomore, while Lisanna Goldschen (St. Joseph, MN / Apollo) took fifth place on the uneven bars with a 9.700.

UM's Jenny Deiley claimed the spotlight as all-around champion with a lofty 39.550 performance. Deiley opened the night with a meet-best 9.925 on the vault before adding a 9.900 to finish just behind teammate Lauren Mirkovich (9.950) on bars. Michigan's Chelsea Kroll took the blue ribbon on beam at 9.925 while Calli Ryals' received a 9.975 for her floor routine, including a perfect 10.000 from one judge. The Wolverines took the top four spots in each event, scoring a 49.450 on floor after opening with a 49.400 on vault and adding a 49.350 on beam.

Kristie Woodin (Lake in the Hills / Algonquin Jacobs) paced the Northern Illinois contingent on vault with her 9.775, the third time the senior has earned that team-best mark this spring. But the hosts' depth was too much for NIU to overcome, especially with senior all-arounder Anna Gardina (Gahanna, OH / Lincoln) hampered by a bout with the flu. Gardina earned a 9.750 on vault but the illness was evident in her bars (7.850) and beam (9.025) and she did not compete on floor.

"Anna had the flu and we pulled her out of the floor competition. But the rest of the team really stepped up tonight to post a very good road score," Sontag noted.

Tiffany Nolen (Woodstock, GA / Sequoyah) registered a season-best 38.450 in the all-around, including scores of 9.700 on vault plus 9.675 on bars. Freshman Ashlee Williams (Liberty, MO) added a 9.800 on the floor and 9.700 on beam, continuing her string of strong performances in her first collegiate season.

The Huskies return to Mid-American Conference competition next Sunday (Feb. 23), visiting Central Michigan University for a 2 p.m. MAC dual.

-30- -- Copy by Robert Hester