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Sophomore gymnast Kendall George walks the balance beam at the Huskies home meet Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Kendall George has bright future in gymnastics program

By Elisa Reamer | April 5, 2022

Kendall George, sophomore journalism major, has had a passion for gymnastics since she started competing at only eight years old. The NIU gymnastics team allowed her to accomplish her life-long goals. George’s main goal was to be a college athlete....

Womens Gymnastics

Kofmehl, Hamp represent gymnastics at NCAA Seattle Regional

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 3, 2022

DeKALB — NIU senior Tara Kofmehl and junior Natalie Hamp closed out the 2022 gymnastics season for the Huskies as they competed Thursday in the NCAA Seattle Regional at American Airlines Arena. Kofmehl, who qualified on floor exercise, and Hamp,...

Senior Morgan Hooper performs on the balance beam in the third rotation of the NIU Tri-Meet on Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Hooper competed in all four events at the meet, her best performance taking place on floor exercise with a score of 9.875.

Coaching gymnastics presents unique challenges

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 24, 2022

A basketball coach shoots around with their players. A baseball coach takes batting practice with their team. A gymnastics coach… sticks their bars landing during practice?  Gymnastics is one of the most difficult and technical sports in which athletes...

Senior gymnast Tara Kofmehl is one of two gymnasts who will compete at NCAA Regionals March 31 in Seattle Washington.

Hamp, Kofmehl headed back to NCAA Regionals

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 23, 2022

DeKALB — On the heels of their second place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday, NIU gymnastics is sending two of its own to the NCAA Regionals on March 31 in Seattle, Washington. Senior Tara Kofmehl and junior Natalie...

Senior Tara Kofmehl competes on floor exercise during Fridays NIU Tri-Meet in DeKalb. Kofmehl finished the event with a 9.925, tying her career best on floor. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Gymnastics team takes second at MAC Championship

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 20, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU women's gymnastics team took second at the MAC Championship on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Huskies finished with a 196.125 overall score, defeating the University of Western Michigan University (196.075), Ball State University...

Junior Brookelyn Sears poses whilst performing on the balance beam in the NIU Tri-Meet against Lindenwood University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday. Sears competed in all four rotations at the meet, ending with an all-around score of 39.125. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Gymnastics team sets school record at Eastern Michigan

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 13, 2022

DeKALB — NIU women’s gymnastics ended the regular season with a bang, setting a school record with a commanding 196.350-195.375 victory over the Eastern Michigan University Eagles Sunday in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Huskies will be riding a wave...

Womens Gymnastics

Gymnastics team takes fourth at Illinois Quad Meet

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 5, 2022

The women’s gymnastics squad finished fourth in the final quad meet of the season. The Huskies competed against the University of Illinois, Boise State University and Central Michigan University at the U of I Quad Meet Friday in Champaign. NIU earned...

Womens Gymnastics

Huskies drop senior night battle with Ball State

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2022

The NIU women’s gymnastics team fell to the Ball State University Cardinals 195.100 to 194.050 Friday at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. How it happened The Huskies had a solid night on vault as senior Gabby Welch took second with a 9.825 and freshman...

Junior Ciara Ryan prepares to engage the handspring during a vault attempt at the NIU Beauty and the Beast Quad Meet in DeKalb. The Huskies took third place behind Iowa State University and Central Michigan University at the event with a team score of 195.500. Ryan finished with a vault score of 9.600. (Zohair Khan/Northern Star)

Huskies take third at Beauty and the Beast Quad Meet

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | February 21, 2022

The NIU women's gymnastics team finished third at the NIU Beauty and the Beast Quad Meet Sunday as they faced Central Michigan University, Iowa State University and Western Michigan University at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. How it happened It...

Left: Senior gymnast Gabby Welch performs on floor exercise during a dual meet against Illinois State University on Feb. 13 in DeKalb. (Zohair Khan/Northern Star). Right: Freshman womens tennis player Reagan Welch competes in a home match against the University of St. Francis on Feb. 11 at Chick Evans Field House in DeKalb. (Summer Fitzgerald/Northern Star)

From Greenbrier to DeKalb: Welch sisters seek to leave impression on NIU

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | February 21, 2022

From playing in the backyard as kids to competing at the same college, siblings Gabby and Reagan Welch have been each other's biggest supporters, best friends and most importantly, sisters. Growing up in Greenbrier, Tennessee, senior psychology major...

Red & Black: Season 2 Ep. 1: A sit down with NIU Gymnastics

Red & Black: Season 2 Ep. 1: A sit down with NIU Gymnastics

By Wes Sanderson and Jerome Pearles | February 17, 2022

In the first episode of this season's Red & Black Podcast, E.I.C Wes Sanderson, sat down with Morgan Hooper, Natalie Hamp and Emmalise Nock of NIU Gymnastics to discuss the 2022 season, their love for the sport and it's growing stature in college...

Senior Morgan Hooper performs on the balance beam in the third rotation of the NIU Tri-Meet on Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Hooper competed in all four events at the meet, her best performance taking place on floor exercise with a score of 9.875.

Gymnastics splits weekend series with Redbirds

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | February 14, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU women’s gymnastics team wrapped their weekend bout with the Illinois State University Redbirds with a win and a loss. The Huskies fell to the Illinois State University Redbirds 194.900-193.775 in a dual meet on Friday at Redbird...

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