Gymnastics picks up two wins during tri-meet

By Maddie Barrett

DeKALB — The gymnastics team won its home opener against Eastern and Western Michigan in the a tri-mee at NIU Friday. The Huskies recorded a final score of 194.675 followed by Eastern Michigan’s 194.300 and Western Michigan’s 192.000.

The Huskies finished second in the vault with a total score of 48.525, just above Western Michigan’s counted score of 48.350. Eastern Michigan took home first in the event with a score of 48.725.

Junior Cinny Lamberti led the way for the Huskies with a vault score of 9.775, but Eastern Michigan sophomore Jada Rondeau had the top score with a 9.800.

On the bars, the Huskies posted a score of 48.550, the lowest team score of the event. Western Michigan bounced back and grabbed the win with a score of 48.875. NIU fell short in these events overall, but their scores kept them competitive.

Junior Amanda Bartemio and first-year Morgan Hooper posted the highest scores for the Huskies but tied for fourth in the event with a score of 9.750.

The balance beam was the strongest event for the Huskies. NIU recorded a composite score of 48.900, winning the event by more than a full point. Eastern Michigan came in second in the event with a score of 47.875.

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The Huskies placed the top six scores of the event with no one scoring under a 9.700. Sophomore Mia Lord led the way for the Huskies with a score of 9.900. Coming in a close second to Lord was sophomore Catherine Biddle with a score of 9.850.

Head Coach Sam Morreale said he had a lot of faith in the beam squad’s ability to pick the team up.

“I was telling them all year, I have a lot of confidence in [the beam team] and what they’re able to do,” Morreale said to NIU Athletics. “It was just really fun to not see one kid under a 9.650.”

The floor exercise was the final event of the meet, and the Huskies came in second to Eastern Michigan by a score of 48.700-49.100.

Senior Anna Martucci placed second in the event with a score of 9.850, putting her just behind Rondeau who won floor exercise with a score of 9.875.

The Huskies also earned a fifth-place score with first-year Tara Kofmehl’s 9.800 score.

Morreale said he relied on Martucci’s performance to help bring home the win for the Huskies.

“For [Martucci], it’s tough to say average because she’s such an above-average kid,” Morreale said. “She didn’t have a bad routine; she was just a little bit off. Overall, I was super happy with how she did. We needed her to hit to win the meet. Before she started, we were down, and we needed her to hit, and she came through.”

Tied on floor with first-year Tara Kofmehl was Martucci with a score of 9.85. The Huskies finished their floor exercise with a score of 48.700. NIU finished overall with a score of 194.675, beating its competitors by just a few points.

The Huskies return to action 1 p.m Sunday when they take on Bowling Green in NIU’s Beauty and the Beast meet.