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Then-sophomore Emmalise Nock posing during her floor routine during the EMU gymnastics meet on Feb.17. The Huskies are gearing up to begin their 2023-2024 season. (Northern Star File Photo)

Back in routine: Gymnastics jumps into new season

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 14, 2023

The NIU gymnastics squad prepares for the next chapter in its 47-year history. In this chapter, the Huskies seek to flip the script from the one before after being left unsatisfied with their finish in last season’s conference title meet. “They...

Then-sophomore Isabella Sissi posing during her floor routine at the EMU gymnastics meet. Sissi scored 38.250 for her all-around performance in the meet. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Gymnastics releases 2024 schedule

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 23, 2023

DeKALB – NIU gymnastics is slated to play four competitions at home in 2024 after the team’s schedule was announced Friday. "I'm very excited about the opportunities we're going to have over the next year," said NIU gymnastics head coach Sam Morreale...

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

Huskies’ finish last in MAC Championships

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 22, 2023

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...

Junior gymnast Alyssa Al-Ashari starting her beam routine at the EMU gymnastics meet in February. Al-Ashari earned 9.850 for her beam performance.  (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies narrowly defeat EMU on senior night

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | February 21, 2023

DeKALB – A senior night victory over Eastern Michigan University helped the Huskies improve to 7-3 overall and move into sole possession of fourth place in the Mid-American Conference standings. Seniors Gillian and Jacklyn Dolitsky, Natalie Hamp,...

That Time I… went to a gymnastics event

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | January 30, 2023

Sports outside of the “Big Four” in America often get overlooked, undervalued and underappreciated. While I believe they are still fairly covered and promoted by the media and schools, I sometimes think that spectators never give these sports a legit...

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 Reporter | 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...

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)

This weekend in NIU Athletics: March 11

By Jordan Radloff | March 10, 2022

Baseball The Huskies baseball team will look to finally add a win to their season record as they take on their first Mid-American Conference opponent this weekend at Ohio University. Friday, March 11 NIU will play two games in a doubleheader at...

Womens Gymnastics

Gymnastics team takes fourth at Illinois Quad Meet

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | 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...