GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. Central Michigan
University, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Winona State University
/ at DeKalb, IL / NIU's Convocation Center / Sunday / Feb. 22, 2004
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 194.425, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 194.150, ALASKA-ANCHORAGE
189.775, WINONA STATE 182,150.
Burtinsky (CMU), Mattie Crawford (CMU), 9.900; 3---(TIE)---Kelly
Kramer (NIU), Stephanie Langley (CMU), 9.875; 5---Kristina Campos
(NIU), 9.825. Other NIU scores: Amy Ristvedt, 9.775; Tiffany Nolen,
9.675; Heather Marti, 9.650; Dannielle Dacey, 9.575. Team scores:
NIU 48.800, CMU 48.625, UAA 48.025, WSU 46.925.
BARS: 1---Dannielle Dacey (NIU), 9.800;
2---(TIE)---Kristina Campos (NIU), Tiffany Nolen (NIU), Ashlee Williams
(NIU), 9.775; 5---Kara Reighard (CMU), 9.750. Other NIU scores:
Katie Willett, 8.950; Cassandra Judy, 8.550. Team scores: NIU 48.075,
CMU 47.625, UAA 46.450, WSU 42.825.
1---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 9.900; 2---(TIE)---Stephanie Langley (CMU),
Brianna Thomas (UAA), 9.800; 4---(TIE)---Kristina Campos (NIU),
Dannielle Dacey (NIU), Tiffany Dykstra (CMU), Jules Passy (CMU),
9.775. Other NIU scores: Tiffany Nolen, 9.725; Mariah Howard, 9.650;
Ashlee Williams, 9.500; Kelly Kramer, 9.400. Team scores: CMU 49.000,
NIU 48.425, UAA 48.275, WSU 44.825.
1---Kara Reighard (CMU), 9.900; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.875;
3---(TIE)---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), Mattie Crawford (CMU), 9.850;
5---Ashlee Williams (NIU), 9.825. Other NIU scores: Kelly Kramer,
9.725; Tiffany Nolen, 9.725; Amy Ristvedt, 9.700; Dannielle Dacey,
9.075. Team scores: CMU 49.175, NIU 48.850, WSU 47.575, UAA 47.025.
1---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 39.350; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 39.250;
3---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 38.900; 4---Mandi Burdick (UAA), 38.450;
5---Kara Reighard (CMU), 38.325. Other NIU score: Dannielle Dacey,
RECORD TO DATE:
Northern Illinois now 4-5-0 overall, 2-3-0 in the MAC
NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Sunday / Feb. 29 --- NIU at Bowling Green St.,
University, Bowling Green, OH, 1 p.m.
ILLINOIS GYMNASTS TOP 194 MARK BUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN JUST ONE STEP
to the old adage, "two out of three ain't bad." But it
wasn't quite good enough for the Northern Illinois University gymnastics
squad Sunday (Feb. 22) as the one that got away turned out to be
Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan University. The Chippewas
compiled a 194.425 total, just ahead of NIU's 194.150 finish.
claimed a pair of victories, outpointing Division II entries University
of Alaska (189.775) and Winona State University (182.150) to improve
to 4-5 on the season. But the Huskies dropped to 2-3 in MAC action
despite surpassing the 194 mark for the fourth time in their last
CMU's Sara Burtinsky
captured top individual honors with a 39.350 all-around tally, just
ahead of NIU junior Kristina Campos (39.250). Campos (Oak Park,
MO / Gladstone) surpassed the 39 mark for the fifth time this year
and the 11th of her career, while senior teammate Tiffany Nolen
(Woodstock, GA / Sequoyah) was third with a 38.900 composite in
her final home meet.
beam and floor exercise were the difference for CMU, with the Chippewas'
Burtinsky claiming the bars crown following her 9.900 effort. Teammate
Stephanie Langley and UAA's Brianna Thomas shared second spot at
9.800, just ahead of Campos' 9.775 performance. Central Michigan's
49.000 team score provided sufficient cushion, a 0.575 margin over
NIU's 48.425 tally.
On the floor,
it was Central Michigan's Kara Reighard atop the winner's podium
after posting a 9.900 which edged Campos by 0.025 points. Burtinshky
and CMU's Mattie Crawford shared third place with matching 9.850
routines, leading CMU to a 49.175 team total on that event.
Crawford also shared the vaulting title at 9.900, just ahead of
NIU's Kelly Kramer (Long Lake, MN / Jefferson). The Huskie freshman
tied Langley for third place with her season-high 9.875 performance
with Campos placing fifth at 9.825.
for NIU came on the uneven bars as Dannielle Dacey (Saskatoon, Sask.
/ Marian M. Graham) won top honors at 9.800. That was 0.025 points
ahead of a trio of teammates with Campos, Nolen and sophomore Ashlee
Williams (Liberty, MO) sharing second spot at 9.775 while Central
Michigan's Reighard was fifth with a 9.750 showing.
wraps up conference action next Sunday (Feb. 29) with a 2 p.m. dual
at Bowling Green St. University. Central Michigan hosts the MAC
championship meet March 19.
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by Robert Hester