Redhawks post second-best score

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team closed out its home schedule with a bang.

Southeast posted the second-highest team score in program history and broke the record on bars.

It added up to Saturday night's 195.750-189.425 win over the Air Force Academy in front of about 600 fans at Houck Field House.

"We hit a home run tonight," Southeast coach Tom Farden said. "It was an incredible evening and we had a great crowd."

The only team score higher for Southeast is 196.025 in 1997.

Southeast posted a 49.175 mark on bars.

"Our bars routine was incredible," said Farden, whose squad improved its record to 10-3 and finished unbeaten at home.

Sandra Blake, one of three Southeast seniors honored following the meet, won the all-around with a 39.325 that ranks sixth all-time.

Blake also finished first on vault (9.825) and beam (9.875), while placing second on floor (9.825).

Sophomore Christina Sundgren and freshman Emily Mann tied for first on bars (9.900) to move into No. 3 on the program's all-time list.

Sophomore Brianna Gaddie won floor (9.850) to complete Southeast's sweep of every event. She also was second on vault (9.775) and tied for third on beam (9.775).

Junior Rikara Turner was second in all-around (39.075), second on beam (9.850), third on floor (9.775) and tied for third on vault (9.700).

Senior Starlyn Schwartz tied for third on vault (9.700) and beam (9.775), while sophomore Lauren Dinan was third on bars (9.825).

Southeast ends the regular season Saturday at the Midwest Independent Conference meet in Normal, Ill.

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