GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University at the State of Illinois
Classic / at Champaign, IL / University of Illinois' Huff Hall /
Non-Conference Meet / Saturday / March 13, 2004
ILLINOIS 196.300, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 194.475, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 194.225,
ILLINOIS STATE 193.250
Meunier (UIC), 9.900; 2---Kara Kapernekas (UI), 9.875; 3---(TIE)---Kelly
Kramer (NIU), Danye Botterman (UI), Asshley Williams (UI), 9.850.
Other NIU scores: 7---Kristina Campos, 9.800; 10---Amy Ristvedt,
9.725; T12---Heather Marti, 9.700; 16---Dannielle Dacey, 9.675;
Ashlee Williams, 9.650. Team scores: UI 49.000, NIU 48.750, UIC
48.500, ISU 47.875.
1---Cara Pomeroy (UI), 9.925; 2---(TIE)---Kristina Campos (NIU),
Ashley Williams (UI), 9.900; 4---(TIE)---Katie Willett (NIU)), Veronique
Meunier (UIC), 9.875. Other NIU scores: 7---Dannielle Dacey, 9.800;
T10---Ashlee Williams, 9.750; 18---Cassandra Judy, 9.650; 24---Kristin
Harrington, 8.250. Team scores: UI 49.100, NIU 48.975, UIC 48.925,
1---(TIE)---Cara Pomeroy (UI), Katie Wild (UI), Lisa Klein (ISU),
9.850; 4---Margaret Dann (UI), 9.825; 5---(TIE)---Kristina Campos
(NIU), Lauren Newcomb (UI), Rachel Zelinski (UIC), 9.800. Other
NIU scores: T13---Mariah Howard, 9.650; T18---Dannielle Dacey, 9.550;
T18---Amy Ristvedt, 9.550; 22---Ashlee Williams, 9.000; 23---Kelly
Kramer, 8.850. Team scores: UI 49.075, ISU 48.550, UIC 47.900, NIU
1---Lauren Newcomb (UI), 9.925; 2---(TIE)---Kristina
Campos (NIU), Jackie Jaworowicz (UIC), Alyson Cacciatore (UIC),
9.900; 5---Danye Botterman (UI), 9.875. Other NIU scores: T11---Kelly
Kramer, 9.800; T11---Ashlee Williams, 9.800; 16---Amy Ristvedt,
9.750; T18---Kristin Harrington, 9.700; 21---Dannielle Dacey, 9.600.
Team scores: UIC 49.150, UI 49.125, ISU 48.975, NIU 48.950.
1---Kristina Campos (NIU), 39.400; 2---Ashley Williams (UI), 39.325;
3---Kara Kapernekas (UI), 38.975; 4---Dannielle Dacey ((NIU), 38.625;
5---Ashlee Williams (NIU), 38.200.
RECORD TO DATE:
Northern Illinois now 7-9-0 on the season
NEXT HUSKIE MEET: Friday / March 19 -- NIU at Mid-American Conference
Championships, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 6 p.m.
STATE ALL-AROUND TITLE BUT TEAMMATES' BEAM TROUBLES LEAVE HUSKIES
(March 13) meet was billed as the "State of Illinois Classic,"
a meeting of the Prairie State's four Division I gymnastics programs.
But a native of Missouri---Northern Illinois University junior Kristina
Campos (Oak Park, MO / Gladstone)---stole the show.
the unofficial state title for the second consecutive year, equaling
her season-high with a 39.400 composite. That marked Campos' seventh
39-plus total of the season, and the 13th of her career. The Huskie
gymnastics history includes 23 such scores, including Campos' school-record
39.550 which garnered a share of the all-around championship at
last year's gathering.
the Missouri product's work helped Northern Illinois compile a 194.225
team score, eclipsing the 194 mark for the sixth time in the past
eight meets. But that wasn't enough this time around as host University
of Illinois tallied 49.000 or better in each event for a 196.300
score, pulling away from runner-up University of Illinois-Chicago
(194.475). Illinois State University rounded out the field at 193.250.
had another great meet today, and the team did a good job for the
amount of people who have had to step up due to injuries,"
Northern Illinois coach Mark Sontag said. "Our depth on bars
has really helped this year, and a lot of people are getting experience
which will help us for the future."
fell just short of the school standard on the vault, posting a 48.750
score which was 0.050 below the school standard set three weeks
ago. Freshman Kelly Kramer (Long Lake, MN / Benilde-St. Margaret's)
paced the Northern Illinois contingent as her 9.850 effort drew
a share of third place while Campos took seventh spot with her 9.800.
Illinois-Chicago's Veronique Meunier topped the winner's podium,
gaining a 9.900 for her efforts. That helped the host Illini register
a 49.000 team score, a quarter-point better than NIU's total.
Pomeroy edged Campos for top honors on the bars as her 9.925 performance
was 0.025 ponts ahead of Campos and Illini teammate Williams. Huskie
junior Katie Willett (Hastings, NE / Adams Central) matched her
career-best---set last week---and claimed a share of fourth place
for her 9.875 performance while senior Dannielle Dacey (Saskatoon,
Saskk. / Marion M. Graham) added a 9.800 for NIU, which registered
a 48.975 team score but could not match UI's 49.100 effort.
The floor exercise
saw Campos match her season-high with a 9.900 performance. That
was only good enough for second place, though, as UI's Lauren Newcomb
drew a 9.925 for her routine in front of her hometown fans. Kramer
and NIU's Ashlee Williams (Liberty, MO) earned matching 9.800 scores
but the Huskies' 48.950 total was behind both UIC (49.150) and the
host Illini (49.125).
beam proved to be Northern Illinois' undoing, however, as a 47.550
team score left Sontag's crew at the bottom of the four-team field
in that event. Campos' 9.800 showing was good for a portion of fifth
place but none of her teammates finished among the top 12 competitors.
(Hales Corner, WI / Whitnall) was next in line with a 9.650 score
for 13th place while Dacey and Amy Ristvedt (Alexandria, MN / Jefferson)
tied for 18th position with their 9.550 tallies.
been our problem early in the season, and it reared its ugly head
again," Sontag noted. "But we did better on floor. We
had been struggling there, but we were able to put it together today."
In the all-around
competition, Campos edged Illinois' Ashley Williams by 0.075 points
while Illinois standout Kara Kapernekas finished third at 38.975.
NIU representatives Dacey (38.625) and Ashlee Williams (38.200)
rounded out the top five.
closes the season Friday (March 19) at the Mid-American Conference
championship meet. Central Michigan University hosts this year's
edition of the league summit, which begins at 6 p.m. in Mount Pleasant,
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by Robert Hester