Redbird gymnasts travel south to meet Greenville for the first time

PLAIN, Ill. – Following a busy weekend with two home games last weekend, the Illinois State Gymnastics team will travel south on I-55 on Saturday to compete against Greenville, who is competing in its inaugural gymnastics season. university. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 pm and will take place at the Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville.

The Redbirds head into the game following a win over Western Michigan last Sunday at CEFCU Arena. ISU used a strong on-court performance in the final rotation to narrowly defeat the Broncos by a score of 193.875-193.850.

“We look forward to this historic meet as Greenville will host its first NCAA college gymnastics meet,” said ISU head coach Bob Conkling. “We’ve worked hard to eliminate the deductions this week and are focused on improving our team’s overall score each week. I feel the team is ready and capable of achieving this goal in Greenville on Saturday.”

For the second week in a row, ISU earned a pair of weekly conference honors as Nirel Bart-Williams was named Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week and Jay Mack he earned MIC Performance of the Week honors following his performances against Lindenwood and Western Michigan.

Bart-Williams finished third in the overall competition twice over the weekend and was the top-ranked Redbirds in Sunday’s win over West Michigan. He tied for first on vault in both meets with equivalent scores of 9.825 and also took a pair of second places on floor over the weekend. His score of 38.575 against Western Michigan tied his career best and is currently the third-best overall score on the MIC.

Mack not only posted a pair of top-three finishes on vault, including a tie for first in a win over Western Michigan, but he also won twice on the floor for the Redbirds, including his season-best score of 9,875 on Friday against Lindenwood. That score is tied for the highest event score at the MIC this season and is tied for the highest individual score in any event so far in 2023. His score of 9.850 on Sunday also clinched the Redbirds’ win over Western Michigan. .

Greenville will host its first home game of the season, after competing at Ohio State and southeastern Missouri State on the first two weekends of the season. The Panthers finished fourth out of four teams in Columbus, Ohio, and third out of three teams last weekend in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Panthers posted a score of 180,475 last weekend, falling to Southeast Missouri’s total of 193,350 and Centenary’s 189,825. Greenville posted their top score of 46.875 on the vault, placing second of the three teams, and was led by Amara Nelson, who tied for fourth with a total score of 9.650. and the Illinois State Redbirds App: Your sources for Illinois State tickets, Weisbecker Athletic Fund giveaways, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.

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