Huskies’ finish last in MAC Championships


Mingda Wu

Junior gymnast Alyssa Al-Ashari posing during her beam routine at the EMU gymnastics meet. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor

DeKALB – NIU gymnastics’ season ended at the Mid-American Conference Championships Saturday as the Huskies finished in last place out of seven teams.

Central Michigan University finished first overall with a score of 196.525. The Chippewas dominated the floor event, scoring a meet-high 49.450 as a team. Senior all-arounder Hannah DeMers accumulated a score of 39.475 to lead Central Michigan.

The Huskies scored  49.225 on floor exercise, their second highest of the season. Sophomore Emmalise Nock tied for third on floor exercise with a score of 9.900. Five Huskies on floor exercise scored 9.800 or higher. Senior Jacklyn Dolitsky tied her career-high with a score of 9.850, followed by another 9.850 score by sophomore Isabella Sissi. Senior Ciara Ryan recorded a 9.825 and sophomore Alana Anderson added a score of 9.800.

Nock scored a season-high 9.850 on vault while Sissi added a 9.800. Freshman Kiera O’Shea scored a 9.750 and was matched by sophomore Emma Brkljacic.

Junior Alyssa Al-Ashari scored 9.825 on both vault and bars events, while senior Natalie Hamp scored  9.875 on bars. Al-Ashari and Hamp were named to the 2023 All-MAC Gymnastics team Saturday.

The Huskies finish the season with an 8-5 record and a 3-3 record in conference competition.

Al-Ashari, Hamp and Nock will continue their season at the NCAA Regional in Denver, Colorado on March 31. Al-Ashari is set to compete in the beam and bars events, Hamp will compete on bars and Nock will compete in floor exercise.