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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 set for quad-meet

By Steve Shonder | March 5, 2014

With only two meets left before the MAC Championships, gymnastics has to make every meet count.The Huskies (5-6, 2-4 MAC) will take on Eastern Michigan (3-8, 1-3 MAC), Temple and Air Force 8 p.m. Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich. NIU is coming off a strong...

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 ready for MAC champs

By Steve Shonder | January 30, 2014

If gymnastics wants to win the MAC, it will have to beat the champs.The Huskies (1-1, 1-0 MAC) will take on Western Michigan (0-3, 0-2 MAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Victor E. Court. This will be NIU’s second home conference meet in a row.“A lot of us...

Gymnastics rolls over Ball State

By Steve Shonder | January 26, 2014

Gymnastics got conference play underway with a statement win Friday.The Huskies (1-1, 1-0 MAC) beat Ball State (2-4, 0-1 MAC) 192.05-188.825 at Victor E. Court. NIU swept the meet. Head coach Sam Morreale was pleased with his team’s performance coming...

Gotlund ready to lead gymnastics to victory

By Steve Shonder | January 22, 2014

Kim Gotlund’s three years of hard work have paid off as she has gained a new leadership role in gymnastics.Gotlund, a senior, has spent her NIU career working to be the best gymnast on campus, but she’s also striving to make sure everyone around her...

Gymnastics unable to beat No. 10 Nebraska

By Steve Shonder | January 12, 2014

Gymnastics managed to start the season off well despite its loss in its first meet of the year.The Huskies (0-1) lost to No. 10 Nebraska (1-0), 196.625-192.525, Saturday at Nebraska’s Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska won all four events to sweep NIU....

Gymnastics ready for season

By Steve Shonder | December 1, 2013

The gymnastics team has a long road ahead on its way to the MAC Championship.The Huskies enter this season pointed in the right direction, and NIU is seemingly more prepared for the start of competition than it was at the same time last year.Central Michigan...