Improving scores on NIU’s agenda

By Laura Higgins

It’s back to Michigan for the NIU women’s gymnastics team this weekend.

And the word is that the Huskies are out to improve their score.

Kalamazoo, Mich. is Saturday’s destination, and NIU will take on Western Michigan University in a dual meet slated for noon. The Huskies are hoping to better a 184.39 team average, which may be high enough for a 33rd national ranking, but not quite good enough for a post-season tournament bid in the Central Region.

Last weekend NIU spent time in Ann Arbor, Mich. where they fell third to University of Michigan and Louisiana State University. The Huskies finished with a slightly above average 185.20 team tally in the competition.

“We’ve got to improve on our sore,” head coach Bobbie Cesarek said. “We only have six meets left and each one is important to us in terms of trying to qualify for regionals.

“We had an excellent practice after that less-than-peak performance in Michigan. I’m impressed with our desire and determination to make improvements, and I’m certain that desire will be seen on the competition floor.”

The Huskies’ standout events this season have been the floor exercises where they are averaging a 47.16, followed by a 46.19 on the vault. These scores give NIU sixth- and seventh- place rankings in the Central Region, respectively.

NIU senior tumbler, Lori Lebo holds a 9.68 vault average, which is good for fourth place in the region and 24th place nationally.