Gymnastics team sets school record east of Michigan

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Sean Rose

Junior Brookelyn Sears poses while performing on balance beam in the NIU Tri-Meet against Lindenwood University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday. Sears competed in all four rotations of the competition, finishing with an overall score of 39.125. (Sean Reed | North Star)

FromKALB –NIU Women’s Gymnastics ended the regular season on a high, setting a school record with an impressive 196.350-195.375 win over the Eastern Michigan University Eagles on Sunday in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The Huskies will be riding a wave of momentum as they return to Eastern Michigan for the MAC Championship.

“It was pretty much the best dress rehearsal [for the MAC Championships] we could race before next week at all levels,” said NIU gymnastics head coach Sam Morreale. “We’re super happy with how everything turned out. It’s really cool to break the school record for the second time this year, and it was just fun today to see us do what we intend to do.

Senior gymnast Gabby Welch led the Huskies on vault with a 9.850 score for first place, while sophomore gymnast Brookelyn Sears followed close behind with a 9.825 score for second place.

Junior gymnast Natalie Hamp tied for first on bars with a 9.900, while Sears again had a solid showing, scoring a 9.850 for third.

First-year gymnast Ellery Werner had a great performance on balance beam taking first place with a 9.875. Sophomore gymnast Alyssa Al-Ashari scored a 9.850 to take second place.

Senior gymnast Tara Kofmehl absolutely dominated the floor exercise scoring a 9.925 to take first place, while Sears held onto fourth place with a 9.850.

“We were just super loose today, super comfortable,” Morealle said. Everyone was having fun, and we’re much better when we do that and have fun with it. It wasn’t perfect, but we had a very, very good meeting.

NIU is now targeting the MAC Championships, Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Coverage of the match will be on ESPN3.

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