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No. 9 Athlete of the Year: Kim Gotlund

By Steve Shonder | April 28, 2014

Kim Gotlund flies in as Sports’ No. 9 athlete of 2013-2014 with her rock-solid performance throughout the season.Gotlund was gymnastics’ only all-around competitor this season and she made every meet count during her senior season. Her season- and...

Stepp, Gotlund falter at Regionals

By Steve Shonder | April 6, 2014

Gymnastics’ season came to an end Saturday when senior Kim Gotlund and junior Amanda Stepp failed to advance to the NCAA Championship.Gotlund was an all-around individual competitor, and Stepp was an individual competitor on floor at the Fayetteville...

Gymnastics sends 2 to postseason

By Steve Shonder | April 2, 2014

The season isn’t over for gymnastics as it’s sending senior Kim Gotlund and junior Amanda Stepp to the NCAA Regionals.The duo will take part in the Fayetteville Regional 4 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Gotlund will participate with the all-around...

Gymnastics’ MAC hopes dashed

By Steve Shonder | March 23, 2014

Gymnastics finished its season strong, but it wasn’t good enough to win the MAC Championships.The Huskies placed fourth with a score of 194.15 at the MAC Championships Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. No. 18 Central Michigan...

Senior gymnast Natasha Jufko performs on the balance beam vs. Western Michigan Feb. 1 at Victor E. Court. Jufko will be the Huskies’ beam specialist at the MAC Championships 2 p.m. Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Gymnastics looks to ‘break some records’

By Steve Shonder | March 19, 2014

With one last meet left in the season, gymnastics is looking to build off a recent hot streak to carry it to the first MAC Championship victory in the program’s history.The Huskies will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the MAC Championship at 1 p.m....

Senior Megan Melendez is trying to put four years of effort into one last meet for NIU at the MAC Championships. Melendez has been a key performer for the Huskies since returning from an injury on Feb. 21.

Melendez making everything count

By Steve Shonder | March 18, 2014

An injury during an athlete’s last season of eligibility hurts more than just physically, but senior team captain Megan Melendez didn’t let that drag her season down.Melendez has had her fair share of injuries, including two torn ACLs, but when she...

Junior Amanda Stepp performs on the balance beam Feb. 1 at Victor E. Court vs. Western Michigan. Stepp posted a 9.825, the best floor exercise of the meet, at the EMU Invitational March 8 in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Gymnastics splits spring break meets

By Steve Shonder | March 16, 2014

Gymnastics broke the 195 team score mark during spring break as it closed out its regular season.The Huskies (8-8, 3-4 MAC) put together a strong performance at the Eagle Invitational March 8 in Ypsilanti, Mich., scoring a 195.1 to win the quad-meet....

Gymnastics reaches 194 in loss

By Steve Shonder | March 2, 2014

Despite strong performances across the board, gymnastics was unable to defeat the No. 16 Central Michigan Chippewas.The Huskies (5-6, 2-4 MAC) lost to the Chippewas (10-2, 4-1 MAC) 194.675-194.05 Sunday at the Convocation Center. This is the first time...

Gymnastics unsuccessful in weekend road trip

By Steve Shonder | February 23, 2014

Gymnastics wasn’t able to get anything going on the road as it went 1-3 this weekend.NIU (5-6, 2-3 MAC) lost at the State of Illinois Classic Friday, before losing to Bowling Green (7-5, 4-1 MAC) Sunday.The Huskies placed third with a score of 193.625...

Gymnastics’ home defense falters

By Steve Shonder | February 16, 2014

Gymnastics put up its highest team score of the year, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win.The Huskies (4-3, 2-1 MAC) took on the Texas Woman’s Pioneers, the Iowa State Cyclones, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks in a four-team meet...

Gymnastics fails to beat Kent State

By Steve Shonder | February 9, 2014

Gymnastics put up its highest score of the season Friday, but it wasn’t enough to knock off No. 25 Kent State.The Huskies (2-2, 2-1 MAC) lost 195.675-193.375 at Kent State. The loss ends the Huskies’ three-meet win streak. The Golden Flashes (6-1,...

Gymnastics topples Western Michigan

Gymnastics topples Western Michigan

By Steve Shonder | February 2, 2014

Gymnastics continued its home dominance with another win this weekend.The Huskies (2-1, 2-0 MAC) beat the Western Michigan Broncos (0-4, 0-3 MAC) 192.450-191.6 on Saturday. NIU won three of the four events. In the last two seasons, NIU is 6-1 at home.Head...