Campos wins three events but Dacey steals spotlight with all-around crown for NIU gymnasts



February 15, 2004

WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. Ball State University / at DeKalb, IL / NIU's Convocation Center / Mid-American Conference Dual Meet / Sunday / Feb. 15, 2004


VAULT: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.825; 2---Amy Ristvedt (NIU), 9.800; 3---Heather Marti (NIU), 9.675; 4---(TIE)---Kelly Kramer (NIU), Tiffany Nolen (NIU), Jenna Tarkington (BSU), Kelly Watson (BSU), 9.650. Other NIU score: Dannielle Dacey, 9.600. Team scores: NIU 48.600, BSU 47.425.

UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS: 1---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 9.900; 2---Ashlee Williams (NIU), 9.800; 3---Courtney Vojtasek (BSU), 9.775; 4---(TIE)-Lisanna Goldschen (NIU), Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 9.725. Other NIU scores: Katie Willett, 9.675; Kristina Campos, 9.300. Team scores: NIU 48.825, BSU 48.475.

BALANCE BEAM: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.825; 2---Courtney Vojtasek (BSU), 9.775; 3---Jenny Taylor (BSU), 9.725; 4---(TIE)---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), Jessica Surridge (BSU), 9.700. Other NIU scores: Mariah Howard, 9.600; Tiffany Nolen, 9.575; Kelly Kramer, 9.450; Ashlee Williams, 9.075. Team scores: NIU 48.150, BSU 47.925.

FLOOR EXERCISE: 1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.875; 2---Ashlee Williams (NIU), 9.825; 3---Courtney Vojtasek (BSU), 9.800; 4---(TIE)---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), Kelly Kramer (NIU), Amy Ristvedt (NIU), Colleen Dupuis (BSU),. 9.750. Other NIU score: Tiffany Nolen, 9.650. Team scores: NIU 48.950, BSU 47.550.

ALL-AROUND: 1---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 38.950; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 38.825; 3---Courtney Vojtasek (BSU), 38.650; 4---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 38.600; 5---Jessica Surridge (BSU), 37.600.

RECORD TO DATE: Northern Illinois now 2-4-0 overall, 2-2-0 in the MAC

NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Sunday / Feb. 22 --- NIU vs. Central Michigan University, Winona State University, University of
Alaska-Anchorage, at DeKalb, IL (Convocation Center), 2 p.m.


DeKALB, IL---Senior Dannielle Dacey (Saskatoon, Sask. / Marian M. Graham) earned her first career all-around title Sunday (Feb. 15), leading Northern Illinois to a 194.525-190.375 dual-meet victory over Ball State.

Dacey's career-best 38.950 performance drew top individual honors as Northern Illinois improved to 2-4-0 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State is now 1-4-0 in the MAC as part of a 4-5-0 overall record.

The senior's performance overshadowed the efforts of teammate Kristina Campos (Oak Park, MO / Gladstone), who won three of the four event titles. Campos claimed the blue ribbon on vault with a 9.825 to edge out teammate Amy Ristvedt (Alexandria, MN / Jefferson) by 0.025 points before posting a modest 9.300 on the uneven bars.

Dacey picked up the slack with a personal-best 9.900 on that event to win the top spot as Ashlee Williams (Liberty, MO) finished second with a 9.800. Campos returned to form on beam with a meet-best 9.825---0.05 ahead of Ball State's Courtney Vojtasek---and closed the meet with the floor title, honoring her 9.875 performance on that event to push teammate Williams to runner-up status.

"It was nice to see Dannielle step up and get the job done, with Kristina's rough outing on bars," NIU coach Mark Sontag said. "There was always somebody doing what we needed today, which is what you need to do with the injuries we've had. It's nice to see Dannielle putting a final stamp on her career with a strong last season. She's had three or four personal-bests this year, and you can't ask for more than that from a senior."

Campos finished second in the all-around a 38.825 composite, ending a run of three consecutive meets above the 39.000 plateau. She has won the all-around in four of NIU's six meets this season but Sunday belonged to Dacey, who recorded scores of 9.750 on the floor, 9.700 on the balance beam and 9.600 on the vault.

The Huskies scored above 48.000 on all four events, highlighted by a 48.950 effort on the floor exercise with Ristvedt and fellow freshman Kelly Kramer (Long Lake, MN / Benilde-St. Margaret's) each receiving a 9.750 to match Dacey's effort. NIU also drew a 48.825 on bars which included 9.725 marks from Tiffany Nolen (Woodstock, GA / Sequoyah) and Lisanna Goldschen (St. Cloud, MN / Apollo).

"We needed to really get back on track and believe we're capable of big scores," Sontag said in alluding to his team's 191.600 mark last weekend. "This was a big turnaround, and an important conference win. Vault was really big for us, with Kelly Kramer back and Amy hitting a huge vault."

Northern Illinois continues MAC action next Sunday (Feb. 22), hosting Central Michigan at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center. The conference dual is part of a quadrangular event, with Winona State and Alaska-Anchorage rounding out the field.

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