February 23, 2003
GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University vs. Central Michigan University,
University of Pittsburgh / at Mount Pleasant, MI / CMU's Rose Arena /
Sunday / February 23, 2003
FINAL SCORE: CENTRAL
MICHIGAN 194.825, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 193.500, PITTSBURGH 192.725
Zeffiro (UP), 9.800; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.775; 3---(TIE)---Kristie
Woodin (NIU), Michele Orloski (CMU), Musulin Launse (UP), 9.750. Other
NIU scores: Laura Hale, 9.725; Tiffany Nolen, 9.625; Heather Marti, 9.575;
Keri Saint, 9.100. Team scores: UP 48.500, NIU 48.450, CMU 48.000.
BARS: 1---Katie Teft (CMU), 10.000; 2---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 9.900;
3---(TIE)---Bethany Couturier (CMU), Nathalie Sulpher (UP), 9.850; 5---(TIE)
Kristina Cmapos (NIU), Kara Reighard (CMU), Sarah Dame (CMU), 9.825. Other
NIU scores: Dannielle Dacey, 9.775; Tiffany Nolen, 9.675; Lisanna Goldschen,
9.475; Ashlee Williams, 9.100; Laura Hale, 8.700. Team scores: CMU 49.400,
NIU 47.850, UP 47.350.
1---Shanna Duggan (CMU), 9.850; 2---Kristina Campos (NIU), 9.825; 3---(TIE)---Laura
Hale (NIU), Michele Orloski (CMU), 9.800; 5---Bethany Couturier (CMU),
9.775. Other NIU scores: Mariah Howard, 9.650; Tiffany Nolen, 9.525; Ashlee
Williams, 9.400; Crystal Flondor, 8.975. Team scores: CMU 48.900, NIU
48.200, UP 47.750.
1---(TIE)---Michele Orloski (CMU), Musulin Launse (UP), 9.900; 3---(TIE)---Kristina
Campos (NIU), Alyse Zeffiro (UP), 9.875; 5---Sara Dame (CMU), 9.850. Other
NIU scores: Ashlee Williams, 9.825; Keri Saint, 9.800; Laura Hale, 9.775;
Kristie Woodin, 9.725; Tiffany Nolen, 9.600. Team scores: UP 49.125, NIU
49.000, CMU 48.525.
1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 39.300; 2---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 39.075; 3---Nathalie
Sulpher (UP), 38.875; 4---Tiffany Nolen (NIU), 38.425; 5---Kara Reighard
(CMU), 38.050; 6---Laura Hale (NIU), 38.000
RECORD TO DATE:
Northern Illinois now 6-8-0 overall, 1-2-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Sunday / Mar. 2 --- NIU vs. Kent State University,
DeKalb, IL (NIU Convocation Center), 2 p.m.
ALL-AROUND TALLY HIGHLIGHTS HUSKIE GYMNASTS' SHOWING AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI---In
the face of adversity, competitors can either stay and fight or run away.
The Northern Illinois University women's gymnastics team took the first
option Sunday (Feb. 23), taking on Mid-American Conference power Central
The host Chippewas
notched a 194.825 score to drop the Huskies to 1-2 in MAC action, although
the shorthanded Huskies rallied to surpass the 192 mark for the fourth
consecutive meet. Three of those efforts have come on the road, including
Sunday's 193.500 performance. Northern Illinois salvaged a split to move
to 6-8 overall, as the University of Pittsburgh finished third at 192.725.
Campos (Gladstone, MO / Oak Park) earned all-around honors with her 39.300
total, the second-best score in Huskie history. Only Sandy Menard's 39.400
composite at the Midwest Independent Gymnastics Championships (March 24,
1995) stands above Campos' performance on the all-time NIU charts.
Campos took second
place on the vault with her 9.775 effort and added second-place honors
with her 9.825 on the balance beam plus third-place honors with a 9.875
on the floor. Her lowest event finish (fifth) came on bars, where she
garnered a 9.825 which is the highest by a Northern Illinois gymnast this
right on in all four events today," Huskie coach Mark Sontag proclaimed.
"Everything she did was right on the mark. She had some of the best
routines I've seen in my two years of coaching her. It was just a great
day for her."
"This was a great
meet for us, and really helps us in terms of regional qualifying average,"
Sontag said. "We were without Anna Gardina but we had people step
up in a big way. Mariah Howard (Hales Corners, WI / Whitnall) did a nice
job on balance beam and Laura Hale (Plymouth, MN / Wayzata) did well on
the floor. That really helped us absorb Anna's loss."
Howard earned a 9.650
on the beam, eclipsing her previous season-best by six-tenths of a point,
while Hale's 9.775 on the floor was .05 better than her previous 2003
Katie Teft stole the spotlight with a perfect 10.000 to win the bars competition,
while teammates Shanna Duggan and Michele Orloski claimed blue ribbons
on beam and floor, respectively. Duggan edged Campos with her 9.850 routine
and Orloski tied Pittsburgh's Musulin Launse atop the podium when she
earned a 9.900 to slip past Campos. UP's Alyse Zeffiro was the vault champion,
scoring 9.800---again, just 0.025 ahead of the NIU sophomore.
The Huskies posted
a 49.000 team score on the floor exercise, the fifth-best showing in program
history. NIU's 49.100 rate on that event versus Bowling Green St. University
earlier this spring (Feb. 9) was just one-tenth of a point off the school
standard set versus Southeast Missouri State University on March 11, 2001.
The Huskies return
to MAC competition next Sunday (Mar. 2), when Kent State University comes
to the Convocation Center for a 2 p.m. meet.
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